'Even better than Child 44. Akyl Borubaev is a terrific creation' Anthony Horowitz
WE UNCOVERED THE LAST OF THE BODIES IN THE RED HOUR BEFORE DUSK, AS THE SUN STAINED THE SNOWCAPS OF THE TIAN SHAN MOUNTAINS THE COLOUR OF DRIED BLOOD. . .
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death still haunts him at every turn. Borubaev soon finds himself caught up in a mysterious and gruesome new case: several children's bodies have been found buried together - all tagged with name bands. In his search for the truth behind the brutal killings, Borubaev hits a wall of silence, with no one to turn to outside his sometime lover, the beautiful undercover agent Saltanat Umarova.
When Borubaev himself is framed, accused of involvement in the production of blood-soaked child pornography, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his own integrity, and to deliver his own savage justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves . . .
'Just keeps getting better . . . buy the whole series right away' Peter Robinson, No.1 bestselling author of Sleeping in the Ground
'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
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
The second part of the Inspector Akyl Borubaev series reveals intriguing new layers to the detective. While investigating the chilling death of seven children in an isolated corner of Kyrgyzstan, he’s forced to examine his own troubled childhood. This engrossing thriller is unshrinking in its descriptions of some horrific crimes but Tom Callaghan, a frequent visitor to Kyrgyzstan, also offers absorbing insight into the communities, history and stunning landscape of a fascinating country.
In Callaghan's chilling follow-up to A Killing Winter, Murder Squad detective Akyl Borubaev investigates the murders of seven infants whose bodies were found in a field near Karakol, the remote area of Kyrgyzstan where he's been posted. With Saltanat Umarova, the beautiful Uzbek security service agent from his previous case, Akyl uncovers a ring of criminals who specialize in kidnapping, torturing, and murdering children and whose grasp reaches to high levels of government. He must rely on State Security minister Mikhail Tynaliev, a dangerous and uncertain ally, as he tries to stop a brutal gang determined to kill anyone who opposes them. Callaghan combines poetic descriptions and often eloquent prose with an unflinching examination of grisly subjects such as rape, pedophilia, and torture. Readers will find Akyl an admirable hero, and glimpses into his childhood years in an orphanage add depth to the character. Armchair travelers should appreciate not only the riveting plot but the chance to encounter this fascinating country.