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Book Title: Blutiger Winter|
The author of the book: Tom Callaghan
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Date of issue: January 2nd 2015
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We have a major new talent in the field of crime fiction. Welcome to Kyrgz noir. Tom Callaghan has put Kyrgzstan and its capital, Bishkek on the map for readers of this genre. It is a hell of a winter, and the Bishkek Murder Squad find a young woman horrifically murdered with a dead foetus planted in her body.
Inspector Akyl Borubaev, a recent widower, follows this gruesome and deadly trail where he understands his life is at stake all of the time. He finds himself immersed in the underworld of ruthless gangsters and the state. He comes to be aided by a member of the Uzbek security forces, Saltanat, a woman no one in their right mind would want to tangle with.
Kyrgzstan is a third world country whose rulers and current political elites extract every som (currency) from its poverty stricken people. Violence is in every nook and cranny and it is merciless. Past rulers have had little regard for the people and stolen the country's wealth. The level of misogyny is breathtaking. Prostitution is rife, and rarely a choice for a woman. Life is exceedingly cheap, gangsters run amok, corruption and bribery is in every corner and no-one is free from betrayal. Police brutality is the norm and a judicial system is a nominal concept. Oh, and if all that is not enough, we have the poor, the prostitutes and others addicted to the lethal Krokodil, and heroin. Justice, where it exists, is immediately and summarily dispensed.
For most of the story, Akyl walks in that no man's land between the living and the dead. He has not let go of his wife. As the case progresses, he finds hope and a sometime lover in Saltanat. Tom Callaghan's prose is at times lyrical, "Patterns, shapes, epitaphs and reasons", and at one time Akyl says that his wife who was a scientist thought that the answers to everything lay in poetry. With a fast paced narrative, the author holds the reader right up till the end, where it comes as a shock that the book has ended. I cannot wait for the next novel.
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Read information about the authorTom Callaghan was born in the North of England and educated at the University of York and Vassar College, New York. A creative group head at Saatchi & Saatchi for many years, he has worked in London, New York, Singapore and Dubai.
He attended the 2011 Emirates LitFest Crime Workshop given by Mark Billingham: the result is A Killing Winter, the first novel in a series featuring Kyrgyz Murder Squad Inspector Akyl Borubaev, published worldwide in English by Quercus. Publishing director Stef Bierwerth said of it: “Right from the very beginning, A Killing Winter hits you like a steam train. It’s an incredibly polished debut thriller which convinces through its originality and timeliness.”
An inveterate traveller, Tom divides his time between Bishkek, Dubai, London and Prague.
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