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MASHA KARAVAI

Daria Desombre

  • Original Title: MASHA KARAVAI
  • Publication date: December 2014
  • Publisher: EKSMO
  • Country: RU
  • Crime fiction/Thriller

Information

  • Epoch: Contemporary
  • Time Period: 21st century
  • Location setting: Belgium, France, Russia, United Kingdom
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Search for the truth, Death, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Manipulation, Psychological dysfunction, Rivalry, SOCIAL CHRONICLES, Commitment, LOVE / HATE, Obsession, CHARACTERS, Strong Female Character, Multiculturalism

Pitch

A serial killer becomes his own victim at the hands of the young and truth-obsessed detective Masha Karavai. Set in contemporary Russia, this thriller investigates gruesome murders and entangling mysteries around ancient clues and art objects, moving from Moscow to Paris, Antwerp, London.

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Translation rights sold: US, France

In the catalogue of Shoot the Book! 2019 at the Cannes Festival.

A Russian crime thriller series blending art and history enigmas in the spirit of DA VINCI CODE.

Daria Desombre was born in Saint Petersburg where she studied at the Hermitage Art School. In 2000 she moved to Paris and completed a MBA. She now devotes herself full-time to scriptwriting. She writes for leading film companies in Russia and Ukraine. She also adapts US and European TV programmes for the Russian market, including Drop Dead Diva and The Mentalist.

Summary

Book 1: PRIZRAK NEBESNOGO IERUSALIMA (The Sin Collector)

A brilliant law student investigates a series of recent killings and uncovers the dark terrors of medieval Moscow.

Ever since the unsolved murder of her father, law student Masha Karavay has nursed an obsession with homicide cases. When she nabs an internship with Moscow's Central Directorate Headquarters, seasoned detective Andrey Yakovlev gives her a file of bizarre, seemingly unrelated slayings that should keep her busy and out of his way. But when Masha discerns a connection between the crimes and the symbolic world of medieval Moscow, she has Andrey's full attention. The victims weren't just abandoned... they were displayed - from Red Square to Kutafya Tower to the Bersenevskaya waterfront. What Masha and Andrey are dealing with is no ordinary serial killer, but rather a psycho with an unfathomable purpose, guided by sacred texts to punish his victims in the most unspeakable - and public - ways.

As each clue leads deeper into a maze of fanaticism and medieval ritual, all that stands between the terrors of ancient Moscow and a series of murders defiling a modern city is Masha and the killer himself. Soon, their personal obsessions will collide.

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  • Author’s biography

    Daria Desombre was born in Saint Petersburg where she studied at the Hermitage Art School and received a Master's in English and Spanish from Saint Petersburg's State University. In 2000 she moved to Paris and completed a MBA in fashion marketing and management. She was head of advertising for the jewellery house Mauboussin before devoting herself full-time to scriptwriting. She writes for leading film companies in Russia and Ukraine. She also adapts US and European TV programmes for the Russian market, including Drop Dead Diva and The Mentalist. She lives in Brussels.