John Savage: ‘I won’t talk more about what happened that winter in Moscow. It’s between me, the Office and – I suppose the Russians know the whole story. Moscow was worse for Clare than it was for me. She suffered most. Obviously. She’s dead. I’m alive.’
Russia’s war on Ukraine has failed on most fronts. But Russian President Putin continues to slaughter vast numbers of his own troops, and Ukrainian soldiers and civilians, in the hope of a military breakthrough. That could yet happen. The top task for countries supporting Ukraine must be to maintain unity for weeks, months or years to come. This will be a challenge.
As archaeology professor Elif Mutlu races against time to complete research at the site of Arzu Pasha’s smart new “Heart of Istanbul” mall, rumours swirl that Elif will discover the Palladium itself. An exclusive interview by Misty Anderson.
Russian statements about the war in Ukraine – or anything else under the present regime – obey key rules. First: never admit to anything. Second: lying to mislead your enemy, or your own people, is entirely legitimate.
Palladium, an Istanbul thriller, will be published on 17 May. What’s it all about?
Palladium begins like this:
The Janissary warrior, Yusuf Ali-Bey, had triumphed in countless battles. He had slain numberless foes.
He had never known horror such as this.
Horilka is to vodka as Scotch is to whisky – a product only produced in one country. It’s time to try the triple-distilled Ukrainian brew.
Russia in turmoil: a short story set in the Moscow of the early 1990s.
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