Wolfhound Century by Peter Higgins

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It works because Higgins is such a deft student, not of the bargain-basement Sovietalia that thrillers and fantasies usually settle for, but of Russian history’s richer surfaces, inward and outward...
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Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.
A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.
Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
 

About Peter Higgins

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Peter Higgins read English at Oxford and was Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College before joining the Civil Service. He began writing fantasy and SF stories in 2006 and his work has appeared in Fantasy: Best of the Year 2007 and Best New Fantasy 2. He has been published by Asimov's Science Fiction, Fantasy Magazine and Zahir. His short story 'Listening for submarines' was translated and published by the St. Petersburg-based literary magazine Esli. He is married with three children and lives in South Wales.
 
Published March 26, 2013 by Orbit. 327 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure. Fiction
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Reviewed by Francis Spufford on Jun 03 2015

It works because Higgins is such a deft student, not of the bargain-basement Sovietalia that thrillers and fantasies usually settle for, but of Russian history’s richer surfaces, inward and outward...

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