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This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Andrew Garve displays all his powers of really atmospheric scene setting and powerfully driven plotting with an almost filmic quality in this novel. Read this to observe a master crime writer at work! Having said that this novel is of its time. The reading experience is equivalent to watching an old Hollywood movie of the 40s on a Su Murder in Moscow was the fourth novel of Andrew Garve, a nom de plume of the author Paul Winterton, one of the founders of the Crime Writer's Association in the UK. The reading experience is equivalent to watching an old Hollywood movie of the 40s on a Sunday afternoon, incredibly satisfying, thrilling and comfortable.

His professional career was therefore presided over by two legendary grandes dames of crime fiction, Elizabeth Walter in London and Joan Kahn in New York. This book has recently been reissued in digital format in the UK as part of the Bello imprint at Pan Macmillan, the aim of which is to bring lost, out-of-print popular classics to the attention of 21st century readers. Check out some of their forthcoming authors here: They stood in orderly files behind a screen of security police [ A British "peace delegation" gets on board of a train to Moscow to demonstrate support for the peace-loving, people-friendly Soviet rule in the U.

The narrator, a British journalist, George Verney, is already on the train which he boarded in Berlin. Having spent several years in the Soviet Union during the war, fluent in Russian, Mr. Verney is on a new journalistic assignment, and he welcomes his fellow travelers with quite an unease as he has seen enough of the Communist regime in his past. By the way, the author revels in his brilliant literary pun of having a group of "fellow travelers" become fellow travelers of Mr.

The non-criminal aspect of the story is really interesting and the author manages to convincingly present a bunch of characters deluded by Soviet propaganda: But this is a crime mystery, so we have a murder: Our narrator who happens to be the first on the scene discovers some clues. And, obviously, it is he who eventually discovers the truth.

The entire criminal thread and the private investigation in particular are rather ridiculous, and a reader may infer that the functionaries of MVD are almost like regular police in other countries, only slightly corrupt and inhuman. The mechanisms of widespread, systematic torture and killings of millions of people in the Soviet Union are not mentioned, except for one gentle allusion, even though Stalin is still wielding his monstrous power.

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Other than the crime plot, I liked the story as I could easily recognize several aspects of the Soviet life. I too departed for Moscow - more than once - from the same train station in Warsaw. I too had to stay in several Soviet hotels and experienced the "protection" of floor manageresses, the search for recording bugs in the furniture, and the ubiquitous radio loudspeakers tuned to the official propaganda station.

My visits to the U. Bottom line, a readable book, if we do not pay too much attention to the crime plot.


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Two and a half stars. Jul 16, ricoeurian rated it it was amazing. As the story begins, Verney, and the rest of the Foreign Press Corps, follow the delegation from school to factory to party, trying to squeeze a story out of the flim-flam being put on show.

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The press and the delegates are all housed together in the Astoria hotel and tensions are running high. Then there is a murder. An innocent man is accused and Verney is incensed by the injustice of it, and sets about investigating the crime with the aim of uncovering the real culprit. The tension is high, there is a bit of action, and the mystery is intriguing in its progression and satisfying in its resolution.

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A whodunnit set in Moscow.


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