by: Shay McNeal
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Inc.
Copyright: 2001, ISBN: 
Cover: John Costa, Granger Collection
reviewed by: Lynard Barnes, April 4, 2002
Summary: Recommended for the structural technique of the book: content is another matter.
Best analogy: two halves of what seems to be the same rope laid on a table. The first piece of rope has a frayed end. The ends of the other rope are nice and neat. The question is whether the two pieces belong together. This question is analogous to questions raised in reading Shay’s book.
In Ekaterinburg, Russia, on July 17, 1918, something happened to the Tsar and his family. Either all were murdered, some were murdered, or something else altogether happened. Shay spends some 300 pages shifting through the threads of events on that July morning. The nice neat rope Shay lays out on the other side is a question. Did the English and Americans ransom the family and put them up in the Perm/Lysva area of Russia? The question for the reader of this book is whether the former question is even worth asking.