Author(s): Andrew Croome
Canberra, 1951. The Cold War is at its height. Into an atmosphere of paranoia, rumour and suspicion, Vladimir and Evdokia Petrov are among a group of new arrivals at the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. Both are party loyalists, working for the MVD, Moscow intelligence. Yet all is not well in the new city of Canberra. The atmosphere in the Embassy is tense and suspicious; the Ambassador resents their presence, and is secretly working to have Vladimir disgraced and recalled. In the meantime, ASIO are determined to discover who in this new group works for the MVD. Only three short years later, Vladimir has defected and Evdokia is held prisoner at the Soviet Embassy, waiting to be transported back to Russia to face punishment or death for his crime. How did it come to this? A tightly told story of secrets, lies, deception and betrayal - both personal and political - Document Z is a taut and atmospheric novel of political espionage and intrigue, which brings our recent history vividly and immediately to life.
First novel by this author.
Winner of Australian / Vogel Literary Award 2008.
"Very impressive . . . absorbing, sophisticated . . . beautiful suspenseful writing. A powerful and complex piece, wonderfully crafted." --Cate Kennedy, author, "Dark Roots"