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 color of dried blood and the spring air turned sharp and cold . . .
Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad has been exiled to the far corner of Kyrgyzstan, but death and corruption still haunt him in the remote town where he has been stationed.
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 that mark them as orphans, all killed in the same way. 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 and lethal undercover security service agent Saltanat Umarova.
When Borubaev himself is framed for the production of blood-soaked child pornography connected with the case, it looks as though things couldn't get any worse. With the investigation at a dangerous standstill, Borubaev sets out to save his integrity, and to deliver his own savage brand of justice on behalf of the many dead who can't speak for themselves . . .
About the Author
Born in the north of England, Tom Callaghan was educated at the University of York and Vassar College, USA. An inveterate traveller, he divides his time between London, Prague, Dubai and Bishkek.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Akyl Borubaev has been sent to exile in Karakol, one of the remote villages of Kyrgustan part of the former Soviet Union. While there he is called in to investigate the discovery of seven children’s bodies that have been discovered in a shallow grave. They have all been brutalized and murdered but the one thing they all have in common is that they have an orphanage identification band. Akyl starts looking in the deaths and is warned away by several people. Those that have killed the children are powerful. When he keeps digging, Akyl finds that he has been accused of being a pedophile and having videos of abuse of children and worse. But he is going to keep digging until he can find the killers and clear his name. I really enjoyed this story. There was a lot going on, a great mystery, and a brutal, realistic story. When I mean realistic be prepared to hate people. But it was well written and kept me turning pages to see how it was going to end. I have not read A Killing Winter but I don’t think this really affected my reading of A Spring Betrayal. I enjoyed this book enough that I will definitely be reading A Killing Winter. If you like a great mystery/thriller this is one book that you need to check out. I received A Spring Betrayal for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
SPRING BETRAYAL by Tom Callaghan is a rare book. It combines unreal and seldom exposed scenery with gruesome crime that is present throughout the world. Do not think that the western world is the only place that shelters pedophiles, murderers and the like. Akyl Borubaev, a detective in the Bishkek murder squad has been detailed to a horrific scene. Numerous young children, orphans, have been murdered and left with name bands. But that is all the clues, at least until the detective digs further into what is obviously going to be a difficult crime to solve. Child rape, pornography, political corruption, and internecine infighting. What more can a mystery fan request? Warning – this book, like A KILLING WINTER is brutal, realistic, and the characters are flawed. The sole criticism I have is the appearance of the of course gorgeous and sexy female hit man, Albina Kurmanalieva. I am unsure as to her role and purpose in this otherwise outstanding, gritty, tough and exciting crime novel. A SPRING BETRAYAL conveys an outstanding sense of post-soviet crime, poverty, politics and culture. It is also a book well worth reading, one that makes you think while still putting you at the scene of the crime and in the precinct.