Ersch tternde Ermittlungen zwischen Korruption und KinderpornografieDabei wird schnell klar, dass auch Callaghans zweiter Kirgisistan Thriller wieder nichts f r zartbesaitete Gem ter ist, denn schon auf den ersten Seiten schockt der Autor mit den grausigen Kindermorden, bei denen wehr und hilflose Waisenkinder wie M ll entsorgt wurden, nachdem man sie zuvor qualvoll missbraucht hat Die Spur f hrt schnell in Richtung Kinderpornographie und es d rfte selbst f r abgeh rtete Thriller Leser ersch tternd sein, wie viel Menschenverachtung und Kaltbl tigkeit die T ter an den Tag legen und welch unfassbares Leid die Opfer vor ihrem Tod durchmachen mussten T dlicher Fr hling ist also alles andere als ein Wohlf hl Krimi, wozu auch das unwirtliche Setting wieder viel beitr gt Zwar spielt die Handlung wie der Titel schon verr t nicht mehr im eisigen kirgisischen Winter wie noch der Vorg nger, doch auch bei steigenden Temperaturen zeigt sich das zentralasiatische Land in diesem Buch wieder alles andere als von seiner Sahneseite Tod und Gewalt lauern anscheinend an jeder Stra enecke, von dem korrupten Polizeiapparat d rfen B rger keine wirkliche Hilfe erwarten und wer in St dten wie Bischkek, Karakol oder Osch eines nat rlichen Todes sterben darf , hat in seinem Leben anscheinend das ganz gro e Los gezogen zumindest wenn man der Darstellung Tom Callaghans glauben darf, der sich mit dieser Region einen meiner Meinung nach hochinteressanten Schauplatz f r seine knallharte Reihe ausgesucht hat.
Ein Ermittler mit bewegter Vergangenheit und unersch tterlichem Gerechtigkeitsgef hlMit seinem Inspektor Akyl Borubaew hat der Autor jedoch einen Charakter erschaffen, der sich in diesem Moloch zu behaupten wei , wie er auch bei seinem zweiten Fall eindrucksvoll unter Beweis stellt, denn ohne R cksicht auf das eigene Wohlergehen st rzt sich der Ermittler mit vollem Einsatz in die Jagd auf die Kindesm rder wohl auch deshalb so kompromisslos, weil er seit dem Krebstod seiner geliebten Frau einen gewissen Hang zur Lebensm digkeit entwickelt hat und sich durch die ihm auferlegten Torturen anscheinend auch ein St ck weit selbst gei eln will Im der Fortsetzung feilt Callaghan dabei weiter am Profil seines Protagonisten und man erf hrt viel ber die Vergangenheit Borubaews, die sich bis in eines der harten Waisenheime Kirgisistans erstreckt Fans des Vorg ngers d rften sich zudem ber den erneuten Auftritt von Akyls mysteri ser und nicht weniger toughen usbekischen Mitstreiterin Saltanat freuen, die gemeinsam mit ihrem Kollegen in ihrem Nachbarland mal kr ftig aufr umt.
Spannend, d ster, kn ppelhartWas die Story betrifft, so bleibt T dlicher Fr hling meiner Meinung nach zwar leicht hinter dem Auftaktband zur ck, da manche Entwicklung f r mich zu sehr dem Zufall geschuldet war und so mancher Hinweis dem Duo Borubaew Saltanat eher in die H nde gefallen zu sein schien, trotzdem konnte mich auch die Fortsetzung wieder mitrei en Tom Callaghans d stere Thriller sind aufgrund des doch recht ausgepr gten Gewaltanteils der hier nicht nur durch die grausigen Morde, sondern z.
B auch durch eine ziemlich nervenzehrende und detailliert beschriebene Folterszene in die H he getrieben wird sicherlich nicht f r jeden Hobby Ermittler die geeignete Lekt re, wer aber knallharte Thriller mit spannendem Setting, komplexen Charakteren und schockierenden Geschichten sucht, ist bei der Akyl Borubaew Reihe sicherlich bestens aufgehoben das gilt trotz im Vergleich zum Vorg nger kleinerer Abstriche bei der Story auch f r T dlicher Fr hling.
Akyl Borubaev has been sent to exile in Karakol, one of the remote villages of Kyrgustan part of the former Soviet Union While there he is called in to investigate the discovery of seven children s bodies that have been discovered in a shallow grave They have all been brutalized and murdered but the one thing they all have in common is that they have an orphanage identification band.
Akyl starts looking in the deaths and is warned away by several people Those that have killed the children are powerful When he keeps digging, Akyl finds that he has been accused of being a pedophile and having videos of abuse of children and worse But he is going to keep digging until he can find the killers and clear his name.
I really enjoyed this story There was a lot going on, a great mystery, and a brutal, realistic story When I mean realistic be prepared to hate people But it was well written and kept me turning pages to see how it was going to end I have not read A Killing Winter but I don t think this really affected my reading of A Spring Betrayal I enjoyed this book enough that I will definitely be reading A Killing Winter If you like a great mystery thriller this is one book that you need to check out.
I received A Spring Betrayal for free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
We Uncovered The Last Of The Bodies In The Red Hour Before Dusk, As The Sun Stained The Snowcaps Of The Tian Shan Mountains The Colour Of Dried Blood And The Spring Air Turned Sharp And ColdInspector Akyl Borubaev Of Bishkek Murder Squad Has Been Exiled To The Far Corner Of Kyrgystan, But Death Still Haunts Him At Every TurnBorubaev Soon Finds Himself Caught Up In A Mysterious And Gruesome New Case Several Children S Bodies Have Been Found Buried Together All Tagged With Name Bands In His Search For The Truth Behind The Brutal Killings, Borubaev Hits A Wall Of Silence, With No One To Turn To Outside His Sometime Lover, The Beautiful Undercover Agent Saltanat UmarovaWhen Borubaev Himself Is Framed For His Involvement In The Production Of Blood Soaked Child Pornography, It Looks As Though Things Couldn T Get Any Worse With The Investigation At A Dangerous Standstill, Borubaev Sets Out To Save His Own Integrity, And To Deliver His Own Savage Justice On Behalf Of The Many Dead Who Can T Speak For Themselves First and foremost, readers need to read A Killing Winter before reading 2 A Spring Betrayal as it is full of references of the previous novel That said, I read this disturbing well written novel in 3 days.
It is a very violent novel about the rich and powerful getting their way It is an electrifying and horrifying plot about disgusting, vomit inducing sexual violence against children Akyl and his partner fight corruption, criminals and for their lives to get to the bottom of this case Kyrgystan is not portrayed kindly with her crime, alcoholism, poverty and bleakness within every page However Despite everyone around him seemingly out to destroy him and his country, Akyl also describes his country with incredible beauty and pride.
Tom Callaghan also has an incredible knack of using Kyrgyz words while defining them also in English without a glossary One of the things I like about Tom Callaghan s writing is his smooth way of using Kyrgyz words while deftly defining them with the nearby sentences The reader does not need a glossary i.
e the Inspector orders a local cop to help carry a body, the cop refused I repeated the order, and he simply said Pashol na khui If I were in his place, perhaps I d have told me to f off as well.
I think I maybe missing something All the other readers seem to be raving about this book and I found it brutal and a bit bland Our police inspector Akyl Borubaev is either being tortured or injured, and his female companion Saltanat Umarova would make a great Bond villian strong silent and smoking I think the body count was upto about 14 but I may have missed a couple Not for me.
First off, I profess an interest, I had travelled in Kyrgyzstan so was looking forward to a book about a place that doesn t appear in much English language fiction If you want to know about Kyrgyzstan read the Bradt guide, now revised in a 3rd Edition 2015 and a much better read than this crock I read the first book, which I thought was thin on detail of Kyrgyzstan and unnecessarily graphic but though I would give the author the benefit of the doubt as it was set in the east of the country where I had travelled Again I could not believe how thin the descriptions of the places, food, smells, light were A quick read of a guide book would have at least given the impression the author hero had visited places like Karakol and had travelled along the road passing by Issyk Kul its a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve not some insignificant pond for goodness sake There are better authors of detective fiction and if you are expecting to learn anything about Kyrgyzstan, other than the odd soviet era clich , look elsewhere Avoid at all costs Brutal and haunting, as expected.
This book was equally as good as the first one.
Welcome to the second book in the series, and the continuing adventures of Inspector Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad in the North of Kyrgyzstan Although now, he has been transferred to Karakol, located in the North East of Kyrgyzstan, just East of Lake Issyk Kul Spring has come to Kyrgyzstan, and with it, a new brutal crime that Inspector Borubaev is pulled into This one equally as dangerous as his previous case from the first book in the series As I stated in my review of the first book in the series, if you are easily offended, or squeamish about the descriptive details of killings and injuries, then this might not be the book for you The writer tends to get very descriptive at times.
But, I would like to also add, for this book, there is subject matter and descriptions of horrific crimes crimes against children that may be disturbing to some readers The author has stepped it up a notch from the first book Just as a warning.
Just as with the first book, once I started reading this one, I had a hard time putting it down at night so I could get some sleep I have Book 3 in the series primed and ready to go The second of a four part series featuring detective Akyl Borubaev of the Bishkek Murder Squad in the far regions of Kyrgyzstan The first story being set in winter, we now have the spring thaw revealing bodies for our detective to investigate I m hoping it follows on from A Killing Winter which was a grand opening book for the author very much enjoyed by me with it s noir themes.
Indeed it follows on with characters from the first episode playing roles in this follow up although the murder mystery aspect is fresh but particularly gruesome I must add at this stage it revolves around the murder of children gives description of autopsies which aren t very palatable as it becomes clear they are sexually motivated Not what I like to read about if i m honest I always cast aside the Nordic Noir books that cover child abuse but having enjoyed the characters immensely from prior I continued with the book hoping the depravity was finished with, which it mostly is with only reference to it being drawn upon latterly.
It s a fast paced story in terms of events actions, we also learnof Inspector Akyl Borubaev s life as well as that of his colleague Saltanat, she of the Uzbek secret service The story never drags for me the author infill s with back story at jus the right time giving the reader further insight into his characters The bad guys are jus that pure eviiiiil A small niggle there are one or two Hollywood style escapes but for the whole the story is plausible, even though the ending is perhaps a little bit of a fizzle.
Really enjoyable second venture into Kyrgyzstan highly recommend for those that enjoy a gritty detective novel, very much reminds me of Pierre Lemaitre in style content.
Giving it 4 stars.
Murder Squad it is my job to get myself in trouble by asking the right questions Once again, he is aided by the one woman army that is Saltanat with whom it transpires he has many historical connections The trail leads to a rich outsider who is ruthless, well connected and with fingers in many pies in the country Morton Graves is supported by Albina Kurmanalieva, an old foe of Saltanat The blood spattered, gory investigation has a growing body count, insurmountable obstacles and life threatening dangers Akyl knows that love and justice is important in life but comes close to seeing both slip beyond his grasp.
Tom Callaghan conveys the beauty of Kyrgyzstan, whilst at the same time painting a picture of a morally compromised country Akyl, in a damning indictment, says I don t have friends, only suspects Like so many poor nations, it cannot keep its vulnerable children safe from the grasping tentacles of foreign sharks The money bought in by these people guarantees they are beyond the law The only justice we get is of a extra judicial nature which just might bring love and a family to Akyl in the future Tom Callaghan s writing is eloquent and lyrical, this is a superior literate thriller that I loved Cannot thank Quercus enough for an ARC via netgalley,