The Body Outside the Kremlin

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Delphinium Books
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6.2 X 9.1 X 1.6 inches | 1.25 pounds

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About the Author

James L. May holds an MFA from Florida International University, along with a BA in English from Cornell. He grew up in New Jersey, lived in New Orleans, and now resides in New York City. His short fiction has appeared in Tigertail, and he reviews fiction for The Florida Book Review, Gulf Stream Literary Magazine, and the New Orleans Review.


"By turns clever and revealing... a fine debut. A brainy novel that presents a different spin on the prison-camp novel."
--Kirkus Reviews
"[A] richly evocative first novel... gripping... this thriller deserves high marks for the captivating tone of the writing and attention to historical detail about a prison that served as a key link in the gulag chain." --Publishers Weekly
"May's writing seamlessly integrates his detailed research into this experimental prison camp with the intrigues of criminals intent on looting religious treasures. He has made this debut novel a masterful historical detektiv tale."--Library Journal
"Historical, atmospheric (in a frigid sort of way) and exceptionally well-written, The Body Outside the Kremlin is a first-rate debut."--Bookpage
"A remarkable debut novel that brings to life one of the worst periods of soviet history... The Body Outside the Kremlin... will not disappoint enthusiasts of A. D. Miller's Snowdrops and M. C. Smith's Gorky Park."--The New York Journal of Books
"The first sleeper hit of 2020, a rich, historical thriller with strong echoes of Martin Cruz Smith's classic Gorky Park... thriller writing of the highest order, a tale as ambitiously conceived as it is stunningly realized... the best prison-set drama since Dennis Lehane's Shutter Island."--The Providence Journal
"Fans of le Carre, Forsyth, and other old-school spy novelists will devour this one and leave fully satisfied."--The Real Book Spy