by James Meek - £8.99 Canongate (2005)
paperback ISBN 13: 9781841957067 | ISBN 10: 1841957062
1919, Siberia. Deep in the unforgiving landscape a town lies under military rule, awaiting the remorseless assault of Bolsheviks along the Trans-Siberian railway. Then Samarin arrives. Appearing from the woods with a tale of escape from an Arctic prison, he says he is being chased by a cannibal. Anna, a beautiful young widow, feels something for the new arrival. Then the local shaman is found dead, and suspicion and terror engulf the little town.
"Spellbinding. Though set in the past, this feels like the most contemporary fiction you'll ever read ... A truly great read."
(Price & availability last checked: May 2018)