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Black Sun


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Inspired by history, this labyrinthine, compelling, tense and chillingly-authentic thriller brings Soviet-era Russia and the paranoia of the Cold War to brilliant life - a thriller to rank alongside Martin Cruz-Smith's Gorky Park and Robert Harris' Archangel.

About the Author

OWEN MATTHEWS worked as a war correspondent in Bosnia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq and Ukraine and was Newsweek magazine's bureau chief in Moscow from 2006 until 2016. He has written several works of non-fiction including the critically-acclaimed Stalin's Children and An Impeccable Spy. Black Sun is his first novel. He lives in Moscow and Oxford.


A stunning debut thriller . . . ferocious, authentic and utterly terrifying . . . absolutely riveting. * DAILY MAIL *
There are some authors who have gone out into the world to observe the good, the bad and the ugly. Owen Matthews is such a novelist. Black Sun is fascinating and has fearsome authenticity. -- FREDERICK FORSYTH
An outstanding first novel . . . Matthews writes superbly. * SUNDAY TIMES 'Crime Book of the Month' *
One of the best thrillers of recent years . . . a glorious book, a tour-de-force. It drips with authenticity from every page . . . a page-turning, thumping good read. -- DAVID YOUNG, bestselling author of Stasi Child
Fact and fiction combine to keep the pages turning in this impressive debut thriller. -- Antonia Senior * THE TIMES 'Best Historical Fiction of the Year' *

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