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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Crookston Public Library PUL (Text) 33500013636683 New On holds shelf -
Mahnomen Public Library PUL (Text) 33500013636691 New Checked out 08/26/2022

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  • ISBN: 9781635573275
  • ISBN: 1635573270
  • Physical Description: 373 pages ; 25 cm
  • Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2022.

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Sent to a mysterious unnamed city in Soviet Russia, former nuclear specialist Valery Kolkhanov must serve out his prison sentence studying the effect of radiation on local animals and struggles to find answers about what is being hidden from the thousands who live in the town.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* Historical fantasy has been British writer Pulley's speciality in her previous novels, including The Kingdoms (2021), but in this galvanizing tale, the facts need no such embellishment. Valery, a gracious man of quiet courage and righteous ferocity, has shrewdly survived more than half of a ten-year sentence as a wrongfully convicted political prisoner in a Siberian prison labor camp. Suddenly, in 1963, he's taken to City 40, a top-secret Soviet compound containing plutonium-producing nuclear reactors and a research center ringed by a dying forest. This is Kyshtym, where unbeknownst to most of the world, and this is true, a 1957 nuclear-waste explosion released more radiation than the Chernobyl disaster. Now prisoner scientist Dr. Valery Kolkhanov, a biochemist and radiation expert, is instructed to keep his head down and do his assigned work. But when he discovers evidence of human radiation experiments, he risks all to investigate. What he can't decipher are his interactions with City 40's head of security, the dashing and terrifying KGB officer Shenkov. Surely it can't be that, he, like Valery, is hiding his queerness? From state tyranny and crimes against humanity to ingenuity and valor under deadly pressure as well as humor and forbidden love, Pulley's brilliantly conceived, vibrantly realized, and complexly suspenseful tale is all the more resounding in the glare of Russia's recklessness at Chernobyl during its latest, horrific invasion of Ukraine. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.
  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 May #2
    *Starred Review* Historical fantasy has been British writer Pulley's speciality in her previous novels, including The Kingdoms (2021), but in this galvanizing tale, the facts need no such embellishment. Valery, a gracious man of quiet courage and righteous ferocity, has shrewdly survived more than half of a ten-year sentence as a wrongfully convicted political prisoner in a Siberian prison labor camp. Suddenly, in 1963, he's taken to City 40, a top-secret Soviet compound containing plutonium-producing nuclear reactors and a research center ringed by a dying forest. This is Kyshtym, where unbeknownst to most of the world, and this is true, a 1957 nuclear-waste explosion released more radiation than the Chernobyl disaster. Now prisoner scientist Dr. Valery Kolkhanov, a biochemist and radiation expert, is instructed to keep his head down and do his assigned work. But when he discovers evidence of human radiation experiments, he risks all to investigate. What he can't decipher are his interactions with City 40's head of security, the dashing and terrifying KGB officer Shenkov. Surely it can't be that, he, like Valery, is hiding his queerness? From state tyranny and crimes against humanity to ingenuity and valor under deadly pressure as well as humor and forbidden love, Pulley's brilliantly conceived, vibrantly realized, and complexly suspenseful tale is all the more resounding in the glare of Russia's recklessness at Chernobyl during its latest, horrific invasion of Ukraine. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Natasha Pulley is the author of The Watchmaker of Filigree Street, The Bedlam Stacks, The Lost Future of Pepperharrow, and The Kingdoms. She studied English literature at Oxford University and earned a creative writing M.A. at the University of East Anglia. She lives in Bristol, England.

Subject: Scientists > Fiction.
Prisoners > Fiction.
Radiation > Fiction.
City and town life > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
Soviet Union > Fiction.
Genre: Historical fiction.
Thrillers (Fiction)
Detective and mystery fiction.
Novels.
Search Results Showing Item 6 of 200 Preferred library: Lake Agassiz Regional Library?

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