Book review: A Killing Winter

A Killing Winter
Tom Callaghan
Quercus, €20.85; ebook, €12.99

Depressed detectives solving grisly crimes in far-flung foreign lands are nothing new, but Tom Callaghan’s debut novel adds a new dimension and a new country — Kyrgyzstan — to the list of usual suspects.

Callaghan portrays the former Soviet state, which is in central Asia, as a bleak, wintry world condemned to corruption and violence.

His hero, detective Akyl Borubaev, is caught in the middle when a crazed killer strikes and the daughter of one of the country’s most powerful men becomes his first victim.

The plot has twists aplenty and the location makes a change from the endless list of Mediterranean and Scandinavian thrillers piling up on the shelves, but some readers will be put off by the bloodthirsty violence and unrelenting gloom of life behind the old iron curtain.


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