May Day In Magadan Author:Anthony Olcott First British Edition Jacket in mylar cover. — Magadan is a frozen Siberian outpost that is still haunted by the bitter memories of Stalin's work camps. Then Magadan's inhabitants were forced labourers, now its people have come voluntarily, the alternative being prison. — One such man is Ivan Duvakin, an exile from Moscow where his interference in... more » party matters and exposure of a major scandal lost him his job, his apartment and his mistress, Now he is a nameless bureacrat in the Party propaganda machine and his monotonous days are filled with the tedious preparations for the forthcoming May Day celebrations.
This task takes him one cold pre-dawn morning to the crowded airport and there his intrinsic curiosity uncovers a fur-smuggling operation. This relatively petty thievery is only one link in a chain which gradually leads Duvakin to connect it to an airline accident, high level corruption and a shift in the top Party command.
Here is an engrossing story set in a world where fear destroys honest men, where death stalks even the innocent, and where everone falls under the omniscient eye of the KGB. It is also the story of Ivan Duvakin whose passion for the truth leads him into a brittle alliance with Galya, a sensual and possessive woman, and to a clash with an old adversary, General Polkovnikov of the KGB.« less