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Head of Zeus
05 July 2021
A thriller set against one of the most horrific scenes in the Second World War.

'Historical fiction of a high order' The Times'Original and compelling ... The fear enveloping Kyiv as the Soviets flee radiates from every page' Financial TimesOn Sunday 22nd June 1941 at 03.05, three-and-a-half million Axis troops burst into the Soviet Union along a 1,800-mile front to launch Operation Barbarossa. The southern thrust of the attack was aimed at the Caucuses and the oil fields beyond. Kyiv was the biggest city to stand in their way.

Within six weeks, the city was under siege. Surrounded by Panzers, bombed and shelled day and night, Soviet Commissar Nikita Krushchev was amongst the senior Soviet officials co-ordinating the defence. Amid his cadre of trusted personnel is British defector Bella Menzies, once with MI5, now with the NKVD, the Soviet secret police.

With the fall of the city inevitable, the Soviets plan a bloody war of terror that will extort a higher toll on the city's inhabitants than the invaders. As the noose tightens, Bella finds herself trapped, hunted by both the Russians and the Germans.

As the local saying has it: life is dangerous - no one survives it.
By:   Graham Hurley
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   UK Airports
Dimensions:   Height: 228mm,  Width: 145mm, 
ISBN:   9781838938338
ISBN 10:   1838938338
Pages:   416
Publication Date:   05 July 2021
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Graham Hurley is the author of the critically acclaimed series of crime novels featuring DI Joe Faraday and DC Paul Winter. He lives in Devon.

Reviews for Kyiv

PRAISE FOR GRAHAM HURLEY: 'Tense, absorbing and faultlessly plotted, this thoughtful thriller weaves it all together' Sunday Times Crime Club (Star Pick). 'Liked this. Went someway to plugging the ginormous hole that Philip Kerr sad passing has left in my life' Dermot O'Leary. 'Hurley brings an almost noirlike sensibility to the surprising finale' Booklist. 'So well-written you can smell the sweat and taste the fear' Peter May. 'Beautifully constructed, the result is compelling and richly entertaining' Daily Mail.


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