Black Sun

Owen Matthews

419 pages March 2019 Primary Agent: Toby Mundy Associates Original publisher: DoubledayCrime Fiction

On behalf of: Toby Mundy Associates

‘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. Black Sun is fascinating and has fearsome authenticity.’ — Frederick Forsyth


The first in a new series by Owen Matthews, set in the Soviet Union in the early 1960s, as the Cold War thaws.

It is the dawn of the 1960s.  Alexander Vasin, a KGB Major in the department of “Special Investigations”, travels across the Soviet Union to Arzamas-16, a city that does not appear on any map, to investigate the gruesome death of a young physicist. He finds a scientific community of eccentrics, patriots and dissidents who’ve been ordered to build the most powerful atomic bomb ever made. It is a project of such vital importance that unlike their fellow Soviet citizens, they have the freedom to think and act, live and love as they wish. Some of them, it seems, even believe they can get away with murder.