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Dispatch from a Cold Country

Robert Cullen.
Publisher Felony & Mayhem  
Format paperback
Product Dimensions 7.5 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches
ISBN 9781933397894
Pages/Publication Date 535/2008
Daedalus Item Code 23359
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Stuck behind an editor's desk in Washington, in this third mystery in the series by real-life former Moscow bureau chief Robert Cullen (following Cover Story), journalist Colin Burke itches to be back in Russia chasing stories again—though the sadistic murder of his protégé Jennifer Morelli is not the kind of excitement he'd intended. With a mix of guilt and adrenaline he picks up his reporter's notebook and heads for St. Petersburg, where he is soon in his element, poking around the seedy corridors of Russian politics and police bureaucracy. But as the threads of the murder lead back to a conspiracy involving priceless artworks in the Hermitage, he realizes that he may be out of his depth. This literate mystery from independent New York bookstore publisher Felony & Mayhem is from their "Espionage" category: spies, spooks and conspiracy theories, from World War I to the present.

"The MacGuffin is a Leonardo painting called Madonna Litta, presently owned by the great Hermitage art museum but about to be sold secretly, with many payoffs, to a Colombian drug lord for $400 million.... Along the way, the satisfyingly complex storylines include (1) our not-so-innocent Burke abroad; (2) Desdemona McCoy, young, attractive, black, feisty, and a field operator [for the C.I.A.], who returns to St. Petersburg to monitor that sale; (3) Andrusha Karpov, in Italy to find Florentine ocher for Nadyezhda Petrovna, who's painted a brilliant copy of the Madonna Litta; (4) art broker Charles Hamilton Merrill, who's arranging for drug lord Rafael Santera Calderon to buy the Leonardo; and (5) Russian mafia boss Slema Chavchavadze. Before the end, things heat up between Desdemona and Burke as they and their trio of allies try to survive a lot of cruel, greedy, mean men. Cullen's latest is good enough ... that one wishes to call it a fine novel instead of an effective page-turner."—Kirkus Reviews

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