THE DRAGUNOV DECEPTION
by Mark MacDuff
Michael Harding travels to eastern Russia in 1999 to write about the plight of the Siberian tigers but he stumbles upon the wholesale theft of religious artefacts on a vast scale and the Russian authority’s, seemingly valiant, attempt to bring the criminals to justice.
Yantar Valesky is employed by the Russian Federal Security Bureau as an undercover agent pursuing the criminal gang who are stealing Buddhist art treasures and selling them through the auctions houses of London and New York.
Michael sees Yantar as a communist fanatic rooted in a past that cannot return. Yantar regards Michael as the embodiment of the western capitalism she despises.
Whoever is behind the thefts will stop at nothing to cover their tracks and if a Russian secret police officer and an English journalist know too much, neither can be allowed to stay alive. Michael and Yantar, caught in a deadly web of corruption and murder, must learn to trust each other and work together if they are to stand any chance of staying alive.
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