Mirror Books, 9781907324833, 353pp.
Publication Date: October 1, 2019
List Price: 14.95*
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The first in a gripping series of crime novels set in the seamier side of St. Petersburg, featuring sharp, yet compromised policewoman, Captain Natalya Ivanova. Student Zena Dahl, the daughter of a Swedish millionaire, has gone missing in St. Petersburg (or Piter as the city is colloquially known) after a night out with a friend. Captain Natalya Ivanova is assigned the case, making a change for Natalya from her usual fare of domestic violence work, but, because of the family’s wealth, there’s pressure for a quick result. As she investigates she discovers that the case is not as straightforward as it may seem. Dark, violent and insightful, Motherland twists and turns to a satisfyingly dramatic conclusion.
About the Author
G. D. Abson works as a freelance business analyst. He has cultivated contacts in the St. Petersburg police force in order to write the Natalya Ivanova crime novels.
Praise For Motherland…
"Gripping, authentic and fast-paced—this is a fine thriller that will delight fans of Martin Cruz Smith." —William Ryan, author, The Holy Thief
"The dark heart of Putin’s Russia beneath the glitz of St Petersburg provides the heady setting for this excellent and gripping debut. Abson, who was shortlisted for a Crime Writers’ Debut Dagger for Motherland, is surely a name to watch. A Child 44 for Putin-land, this classy page-turner oozes with atmosphere." —David Young, author, Stasi Child
"Senior Detective Natalya Ivanova does for St Petersburg what Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko did for Gorky Park . . . taut, fast-moving and compellingly believable." —Tom Callaghan, author, A Killing Winter