A soldier returns from the frontline of battle to report that Pekkala´s charred body has been found at the site of an ambush. But Stalin refuses to believe that the indomitable Pekkala is dead.
On Stalin´s orders, Pekkala´s assistant Kirov travels deep into the forests of Western Russia, following a trail of clues to a wilderness where partisans wage a brutal campaign against the Nazi invaders.
Unknown to Kirov, he is being led into a trap.
A new enemy has emerged from the fog of war, more deadly than any Kirov or Pekkala have ever faced before. Pursuing the legend of a half-human creature, said to roam the landscape of this war within a war, each step brings Kirov closer to the truth about Pekkala´s disappearance.
Meanwhile, Pekkala´s nemesis is also closing in for the kill.
Sam Eastland lives in the US and the UK. He is the grandson of a London police detective.
Eye of the Red Tsar, the first in the Inspector Pekkala series, was followed by The Red Coffin and Siberian Red.