Other Books in Series
This is book number 3 in the The Black Sun Trilogy series.
A page-turning thriller about two competing KGB operatives on a race across Russia and against time to uncover the devastating truth behind the assassination of JFK.
1963. In a desolate Russian penal colony, the radio blares the news of President Kennedy’s death. Lieutenant Colonel Alexander Vasin’s new post as director of a gulag camp in the middle of a frozen tundra is far from a promotion. This is where disgraced agents, like Vasin, are sent to disappear and die quietly. But when tensions in the camp mount and a violent revolt breaks out, Vasin finds himself on the run with a mysterious prisoner holding the most dangerous secret in the world: who ordered the murder of President Kennedy.
In a breathless chase that leads them throughout the Soviet Union, from the barren Siberian wastelands, to the stunning halls of the Catherine Palace, and into the gritty streets of Leningrad and Moscow, Vasin must stay one step ahead of the deadliest spy and police organizations in the world, and keep the most wanted man in Russia alive. The journey will push Vasin’s loyalty, morality, and patriotism to the limit, until he faces the ultimate choice: fall in line, or die fighting the system.
With masterly storytelling that weaves together a moment of explosive history with the cutthroat machinations of Soviet politics, Owen Matthews’s White Fox captures the paradigm-shifting assassination from a unique Soviet point of view. This is a page-turning thriller across Russia, where characters facing impossible odds are forced to decide among truth, justice, and all-out war.
About the Author
OWEN MATTHEWS reported on conflicts in Bosnia, Lebanon, Afghanistan, Chechnya, Iraq, and Ukraine, and was Newsweek's bureau chief in Moscow. He is the author of the Black Sun Trilogy, including Black Sun, Red Traitor, and White Fox, and is also the author of several nonfiction books, including Stalin's Children, Glorious Misadventures, and An Impeccable Spy.
"The adventure elements of the story, especially the riot and the Siberia trek, are riveting, sort of Brute Force meets The Perfect Storm. A surprising but oddly fitting finale to the saga of a reluctant rebel."
--Booklist (starred review)
Praise for the Black Sun trilogy:
“Matthews is an excellent storyteller . . . suspenseful and thought provoking.”
–New York Journal of Books
"Rattlingly good. . .Matthews has the uncanny ability to transport the reader back in time.”
"Outstanding. . .Matthews writes superbly."
--Sunday Times (UK)
"Ferocious, authentic and utterly terrifying… Absolutely riveting."
--Financial Times (UK)
"Stunning. . .[Matthews'] marriage of fact and fiction is masterly."
--The Times (London)
“There are some authors who have gone out into the world to observe the good, the bad and the ugly. Owen Matthews is such a novelist.”
--Frederick Forsyth, #1 New York Times-bestselling author
“Thrilling and suspenseful and original . . . a compelling voyage into the darkest secret city of the soviet nuclear project by an expert on all of Russian life.”
--Simon Sebag Montefiore, New York Times bestselling author of The Romanovs and Stalin
“Matthews writes enviably well and knows Soviet Russia inside-out. Fantastic.”
--Charles Cumming, New York Times bestselling author of The Trinity Six