Format Hardcover
Publication Date 07/15/14
ISBN 9781605986098
Trim Size / Pages 9.3 x 6.5 in / 416

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Red Winter

A Novel

Dan Smith

Delivering harrowing adventure and suspense set against an unforgiving landscape, the new novel by Dan Smith will leave you chilled to the bone . . .

1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and empty. The men have been massacred in the forest. The women and children have disappeared.

In this remote, rural Russian community the folk tales that mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance, and the terrifying legend of Koschei, The Deathless One, begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains against the bitter winter, in the desperate hope he will find his wife and two boys—and find them alive. But there are very dark things in Kolya's past. And, as he strives to find his family, there's someone—or something—following his trail . . .

Among other novels, Dan Smith is the author of The Child Thief, which is also available from Pegasus Crime. He lives in Newcastle with his family. Find out more about Dan, his novels, and the places that inspire them at

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Endorsements & Reviews

“[A] pulse-pounder set in 1920 Central Russia...luminous prose complements the compelling plot.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Smith recreates the horrible atrocities and constant danger so vividly you can’t help but glance over your shoulder. Each character and incident is memorable, so much so that the day may be sweltering as you read, but the wintry chills make you shiver. Highly recommended.” Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice)
“Showing the same skills that he exercised in The Child Thief, Smith has fashioned a story of page-turning intensity.” The Sunday Times (London)
“A superbly shivery atmosphere.” The Times (London)
Red Winter is filled with suspense, bloodshed, and vividly drawn characters, and offers a strong sense of the tragic arc of modern Russian history.” Booklist