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The Silver Bone

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5th March 2024

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Selected: ebook / ISBN-13: 9781529426526

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Kyiv, 1919. The Soviets control the city, but White armies menace them from the West. No man trusts his neighbour and any spark of resistance may ignite into open rebellion.

When Samson Kolechko’s father is murdered, his last act is to save his son from a falling Cossack sabre. Deprived of his right ear instead of his head, Samson is left an orphan, with only his father’s collection of abacuses for company.

Until, that is, his flat is requisitioned by two Red Army soldiers, whose secret plans Samson is somehow able to overhear with uncanny clarity. Eager to thwart them, he stumbles into a world of murder and intrigue that will either be the making of him – or finish what the Cossack started.

Inflected with Kurkov’s signature humour and magical realism, The Silver Bone takes inspiration from the real life archives of crime enforcement agencies in Kyiv, crafting a propulsive narrative that bursts to life with rich historical detail.

Translated from the Russian by Boris Dralyuk

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Frank Tallis, author of the Liebermann Papers (Vienna Blood)
Original and intriguing. Relocates the historical crime novel somewhere between Kafka and The Twilight Zone
Anna Bailey
Rich and compulsive, a modern classic in the making
Publishers Weekly
A Kyiv torn to pieces by WWI provides the backdrop for this fascinating series launch . . . With its earthy prose and stunning attention to detail, this stands apart