2.4.13

ARCHANGEL, by Robert Harris

 Another killer read from the author of Fatherland and Enigma. Historian Fluke Kelso, in Moscow for a conference on Russian archives, is sucked into a search for Josef Stalin’s missing final notebook. The adversaries are many, the book’s existence not even proved. But there’s a death, in a particularly grisly manner. And there’s a girl. And the secret police. And all the bitter, vengeful old Stalinists still dreaming of the gory glory days. As the first snows of winter fall, Kelso is on his way to the Siberian port city of Archangel with O’Brien, an overly-aggressive reporter. No spoiler: what they find and what then happens will be revealed only when you read this mesmerizing, chilling contemporary intrigue. A 5.