The Beast in the Red Forest : An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense
Overview - (Book). An American auto worker, disillusioned with the stubborn, stagnant inequality in America, moves his family to Russia. His letters home are glowing arias about Stalin's New Man in Soviet Paradise. Then, suddenly, the letters stop. Inspector Pekkala thrills again By best selling Sam Eastland. Read more...
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(Book). An American auto worker, disillusioned with the stubborn, stagnant inequality in America, moves his family to Russia. His letters home are glowing arias about Stalin's New Man in Soviet Paradise. Then, suddenly, the letters stop. Inspector Pekkala thrills again By best selling Sam Eastland. The world of Soviet espionage is shaken with the shocking disappearance of Stalin's invincible Inspector Pekkala whose charred remains are reported from the frontlines. But Stalin refuses to accept the demise of his indomitable lieutenant and dispatches Pekkala's assistant deep into the wild forests of Western Russia, to follow a wilderness trail of clues, each one leading to a more tortured turn of fate. A new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Pekkala has ever faced before. Meanwhile, Pekkala's Nemesis is closing in for the kill.
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In Eastland’s engrossing fifth Inspector Pekkala novel, the fourth to be published in the U.S. (after 2012’s Archive 17), Joseph Stalin is worried, though the war is going well by early 1944. Pekkala, an Investigator for the Bureau of Special Operations in Moscow, vanished in 1941 after Stalin sent him on a secret mission behind enemy lines around Leningrad, “to determine the whereabouts of the priceless inlaid panels of the Amber Room, the greatest treasure of the Romanovs, last seen hanging on the walls of the Catherine Palace.” Though the missing inspector may well be dead, Stalin orders Pekkala’s assistant and longtime friend, Major Kirov, to find Pekkala and return him to Moscow. Meanwhile, an American autoworker who defected to the Soviet Union in 1936 has disappeared. Eastland (the pen name of British author Paul Watkins) delivers a surprise ending driven by grievances from the past, brutal betrayals, and the power of friendship. (Aug.)