The Red Coffin

The Red Coffin

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It is 1939. The world stands on the brink of Armageddon. In the Soviet Union, years of revolution, fear and persecution have left the country unprepared to face the onslaught of Nazi Germany. For the coming battles, Stalin has placed his hopes on a 30-ton steel monster, known to its inventors as the T-34 tank, and, the 'Red Coffin' to those men who will soon be using it.

But the design is not yet complete. And when Colonel Nagorski, the weapon's secretive and eccentric architect, is found murdered, Stalin sends for Pekkala, his most trusted investigator. Stalin is convinced that a sinister group calling itself the White Guild, made up of former soldiers of the Tsar, intend to bring about a German invasion before the Red Coffin is ready. While Soviet engineers struggle to complete the design of the tank, Pekkala must track down the White Guild and expose their plans to propel Germany and Russia into conflict.

Publisher: London : Faber, 2011.
ISBN: 9780571245307
Characteristics: 354 p. ;,24 cm.


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Apr 19, 2017

Eastland and his Finnish inspector continue to spin out a great yarn. The historical setting, in Stalin’s Russia just prior to WW2, is claustrophobic and immersed in an atmosphere of suspicion. As with the first book in the series, Pekkala’s flashbacks to the time of the Romanovs add a rich texture to his internal narrative. A good series to follow!

Jan 06, 2016

I enjoyed the book. The dialogue can be a little stilted, but the story is good.

19coco55 Jan 26, 2014

book is also known as "shadow pass" and the real name of the author is Paul Watkins!
he has many other non series books that are good too.

debwalker Feb 19, 2011

"The Red Coffin is the sequel to The Eye of the Red Tsar, and it’s superb. If you missed the debut of Investigator Pekkala, once the Tsar’s most trusted agent and then the special investigator for Josef Stalin, you’ll want to run out and get the first book. That’s not to say Eastland doesn’t give enough back story to fill in the gaps, it’s just that they’re so tantalizing you’ll want more – and Eastland gives us much, much more."
Margaret Cannon
Feb 17, 2011

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