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The Kyrgyz winter reminds us that the past is never dead, simply waiting to ambush us around the next corner

When Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad arrives at the brutal murder scene of a young woman, all evidence hints at a sadistic serial killer on the hunt for more prey.

But when the young woman’s father turns out to be a leading government minister, the pressure is on Borubaev to solve the case not only quickly but also quietly, by any means possible. Until more bodies are found . . .

Still in mourning after his wife’s recent death, Borubaev descends into Bishkek’s brutal underworld, a place where no-one and nothing is as it seems, where everyone is playing for the highest stakes, and where violence is the only solution.
(P)2015 WF Howes Ltd


A Killing Winter is a brilliant debut, and an early contender for one of my top reads of the year
Raven Crime Reads
His [Tom Callaghan's] descriptions are wonderful - sickeningly so in fact . . . an impressive debut.
The Book Bag
It's brutal but not cynical; you feel it. It's a hugely impressive debut; atmospheric and stirring
Killing Time Crime
Callaghan is a hell of a writer, with a tremendous sense of pace and an arch ear for juicy dialogue, and the pages fly by.
Crime Thriller Fella
This is a wonderful book . . . the narrative is savage yet at the same time beautifully crafted . . . A Killing Winter satisfies on so many levels
Milo Rambles
[Tom Callaghan's] gloomy atmospheric portrait convinces and he writes with style and panache . . . A lively story and a riveting glimpse of an unknown society
The Times
The Sunday Times
Ticks all the boxes of plot, setting and character.
The Crime Warp
The story and writing sustained me right through to the killer twist ending
Book Bonding
Fast-paced and enthralling
Written by Sime
The denouement is suitably surprising and satisfactory. I got there breathless and tense
Thriller Books Journal
This is a thrilling, intense debut from a powerfully descriptive writer
The Daily Express
A Killing Winter is a highly accomplished debut . . . Tom Callaghan is a name to watch.
Promoting Crime Fiction
Even better than Child 44. Akyl Borubaev is a terrific creation
Anthony Horowitz
Just keeps getting better . . . buy the whole series right away
Peter Robinson, author of the bestselling DCI Banks series
Storytelling of the highest quality . . . Introduces a detective it is impossible not to believe in. Callaghan is a new voice to be welcomed
Daily Mail

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