Tallinn, March 1933.
Estonia, a small country trying to survive – caught between the jaws of Germany and Russia.
And political crisis looms when a senior policeman is found impaled on the roof of a kiosk.
Chief Inspector Jüri Hallmets, former schoolteacher and veteran of Estonia’s struggle for independence, builds a team to investigate the crime. His political masters demand a quick and easy resolution to the case. But Hallmets has principles.
Two journalists are looking into the case too, but their curiosity could prove their own worst enemy. Their fates become entwined with Hallmets’ investigation. And as Hallmets finds himself in a race against time, he uncovers a network of illegal activities.
After a bloody shoot-out, a plot unfolds which will threaten Estonia’s fragile democracy.
Recommended for fans of Alan Furst, Philip Kerr and Robert Harris.
Allan Martin is a former teacher and lecturer, who lives to the north of Glasgow. His first novel The Peat Dead was shortlisted for the McIlvanney Debut Award in 2019.