The Twelfth Department: A Novel

The Twelfth Department: A Novel

by William Ryan
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The Twelfth Department: A Novel by William Ryan

Captain Alexei Korolev has nothing to complain about. He has his own room in an apartment, a job in the police force that puts food on the table, and his good health. In Moscow in 1937, that's a lot more than most people have to be grateful for. But for the first time in a long time, Korolev is about to be truly happy: his son Yuri is coming to visit for an entire week.

Shortly after Yuri's arrival, however, Korolev receives an urgent call from his boss—it seems an important man has been murdered, and Korolev is the only detective they're willing to assign to this sensitive case. In fact, Korolev realizes almost immediately that the layers of sensitivity and secrecy surrounding this case far exceed his paygrade. And the consequences of interfering with a case tied to State Security or the NKVD can be severe—you might lose your job, if you're lucky. Your whole family might die if you're not. Korolev is suddenly faced with much more than just discovering a murderer's identity; he must decide how far he'll go to see justice served . . . and what he's willing to do to protect his family.

In The Twelfth Department, William Ryan's portrait of a Russian policeman struggling to survive in one of the most volatile and dangerous eras of modern history is mesmerizing.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781250032058
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Publication date: 07/09/2013
Series: Captain Alexei Korolev Novels , #3
Sold by: Macmillan
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 1,181,869
File size: 910 KB

About the Author

WILLIAM RYAN is the author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin and completed his Masters in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University. He lives in London. The Twelfth Department is his third novel.


WILLIAM RYAN is the author of The Holy Thief, which was a Barry Award Nominee for Best First Novel and shortlisted for the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year. Born in London, Ryan attended Trinity College, Dublin and completed his Masters in Creative Writing at St. Andrews University. The Twelfth Department is his third novel.

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joaninoregon More than 1 year ago
The third book in the series about Alexei Korolev the honorable Moscow detective and the absolute best! I can't wait until the next book is published. Mr. Ryan is a superb writer with an excellent command of the Stalin era. His novels are absolutely excellent entertainment for anyone who is a historical novel buff for this time period.