In 1936 Moscow, Captain Alexei Korolev of the Moscow Militia is assigned to investigate the murder of a woman found on a church altar, in this first book in the series. With the help of Colonel Gregorin of the NKVD, Korolev discovers that the victim was an American nun who had been smuggling Russian icons out of the country. Committed to the case, Korolev enters the realm of the Thieves, rulers of Moscow’s underworld, but as more bodies are found, he begins to question whom he can trust and who are the real criminals.
"Without a doubt, The Holy Thief is one of the best historical mysteries I've read in the last ten years."—David Liss