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Another prominent journalist is found murdered in Putin’s Russia, shot to death on the banks of the Techa River near the radioactive village of Metlino. Katarina Mironova, known around the world as Kato, could simply fade from the public eye, one more journalist killed during Putin’s war on the free press, one more statistic in a grim tally. But to Russian agent Alexei Volkovoy, Kato’s murder evokes far more emotion, summons too many memories, and haunts him in too many ways for him to allow her death go unavenged.

Volk’s investigation takes him from Moscow to Mayak, the site of a nuclear reprocessing plant where a massive explosion occurred in 1958, then to Las Vegas. In the end, Volk becomes both the hunter and the hunted in the glittering neon jungle of Las Vegas. Equally at home in the snow-covered woods of the Ural mountains and the seamy alleyways of Industrial Boulevard, Volk tracks his prey across the world trying to learn the truth about the story Kato died trying to report.


“Readers will be riveted to this passionately written suspense saga,” –LIBRARY JOURNAL

“Merits comparison with the brilliant thrillers of Martin Cruz Smith and Tom Rob Smith.” —BOOKLIST


Brent Ghelfi is the author of Volk’s Game, nominated by the International Thriller Writers for Best First Novel of 2007 and by Mystery News and Deadly Pleasures magazines for a Barry Award for Best Thriller. Ghelfi is also the author of the critically-acclaimed Volk’s Shadow and The Venona Cable. His novels have been translated into eight languages and optioned for film.

For more information, please visit Brent’s website.