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An Inspector Pekkala Novel of Suspense
Paul Watkins Writing As

Sam Eastland

April 1945 - Inspector Pekkala is in a race against time as he heads to Berlin to capture the plans for a secret weapon that could change the course of the war.
"Excellently plotted and paced, with a lively cast, real and fictional." -- THE TIMES OF LONDON (Book of the Month).  

"A tremendous victory for suspense--well plotted, historically evocative, beautifully written, and ­addictive." 



"Eastland’s excellent seventh and final Inspector Pekkala novel convincingly explores the motivations of everyone from Pekkala to Stalin in this deeply personal story set against the broad canvas of horrific war.

– PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (Starred Review)

BERLIN RED is the seventh and final novel in Sam Eastland's "gripping series of literary thrillers" (Booklist) featuring his popular Stalinist-era detective, Inspector Pekkala.  The previous Inspector Pekkala suspense novels  published by Opus are RED ICON and THE BEAST IN THE RED FOREST.
SAM EASTLAND is the nom de plume of acclaimed novelist and memoirist Paul Watkins. He is the son of Welsh parents and the grandson of a London Metropolitan Police Investigator who served in Scotland Yard's famous "Ghost Squad." Watkins spent his early years in Rhode Island and was educated at the Dragon School in Oxford, Eton College and Yale University. Watkins has written for The London Times, The London Sunday Times, The New York Times and The Observer. For the past 25 years, he has taught at the Peddie School in Hightstown, New Jersey.


"As the cold nights of winter close in, Sam Eastland’s Red Icon is one of the best thrillers a fan can pick up from the bedside table…the novel’s canvas, a cyclorama of vivid scenes shot through with tension and drama, holds the reader. The author’s descriptions — sharp, palpable and distinctive — are to savor."  

–The Washington Post


“Eastland loads Red Icon with abundant emotive details that give this historical re-creation a thrilling momentum.  VERDICT:  Fans of Pekkala will race through this suspenseful story and hasten to recommend it to other lovers of stories about Russia’s deep, dark, and deadly past.”

—Library Journal


“Another rousing historical wartime thriller by Sam Eastland, Red Icon gets its facts and its storytelling right.”

—Kirkus Reviews


Red Icon is the excellent sixth Inspector Pekkala novel in this fine historical suspense series.”

(Starred Review) —Publishers Weekly


“Watkins leaves us practically breathless.”



“Among literati, he is already a legend.”



“Daring and remarkably assured…provocative.”

—The New York Times


“Rich in detail, chokingly tense and gorgeously romantic...hoists the author to the top of his class.”

—San Francisco Chronicle



Price:  $28.95   - Hardcover

E-BOOK Editions Available

ISBN: 978-1-62316-090-6

380 pages * 6 x 9

Fiction – Suspense - Thrillers

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