The Moscow Code


In Moscow, the truth can be a dangerous commodity.

Ottawa bureaucrat–turned-diplomat Charlie Hillier is back. Having barely survived his first posting in Havana, Charlie is eager to put what he learned there to good use. And it isn’t long before he's thrust into a fresh case — a technical writer from Toronto in jail on dubious drug charges. Charlie has barely put a dent in the brick wall that is the Russian legal system when the jailed man turns up dead, the official explanation: suicide. And just when evidence to the contrary is discovered, the body is “accidentally” cremated by the authorities.

Undeterred by bureaucratic stonewalling and determined to help the victim’s sister get to the bottom of her brother’s death, Charlie follows the sparse clues available. But what he uncovers brings them both far too close to powers more dangerous than they could have imagined. Suddenly, getting at the truth is less important than getting out of Russia in one piece.


Wilkshire’s second Foreign Affairs Mystery has a buoyant tone, an engaging hero, and an abundance of colorful characters.

Kirkus Reviews

About the Author

Nick Wilkshire

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Nick Wilkshire

Nick Wilkshire is a lawyer and author of the Foreign Affairs series featuring consular officer and amateur sleuth Charlie Hillier. He has travelled extensively and draws on that experience in his writing. Nick lives in Ottawa.