Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death and corruption still haunt him in the remote town where he has been stationed. Read more...
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death and corruption still haunt him in the remote town where he has been stationed.
Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together-all tagged with name bands that mark them as orphans, all killed in the same way. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful and lethal undercover security service agent Saltanat Umarova.
When Borubaev himself is framed for the production of blood-soaked child pornography connected with the case, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his integrity, and to deliver his own savage brand of justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves . . .
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2016-08-08
- Reviewer: Staff
In Callaghan’s chilling follow-up to A Killing Winter, Murder Squad detective Akyl Borubaev investigates the murders of seven infants whose bodies were found in a field near Karakol, the remote area of Kyrgyzstan where he’s been posted. With Saltanat Umarova, the beautiful Uzbek security service agent from his previous case, Akyl uncovers a ring of criminals who specialize in kidnapping, torturing, and murdering children and whose grasp reaches to high levels of government. He must rely on State Security minister Mikhail Tynaliev, a dangerous and uncertain ally, as he tries to stop a brutal gang determined to kill anyone who opposes them. Callaghan combines poetic descriptions and often eloquent prose with an unflinching examination of grisly subjects such as rape, pedophilia, and torture. Readers will find Akyl an admirable hero, and glimpses into his childhood years in an orphanage add depth to the character. Armchair travelers should appreciate not only the riveting plot but the chance to encounter this fascinating country. Agent: Tanja Howarth, Tanja Howarth Literary Agency. (Oct.)