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The Outfit

The Absolutely True Story of the Time Joseph Stalin Robbed a Bank

Published by Rebellion
Distributed by Simon & Schuster
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The absolutely true story of the biggest, bloodiest and most daring bank robbery in Georgia's history, orchestrated by none other than Joseph Stalin himself...

Lies and double-crosses, secret police and explosions, a carriage chase, a mattress stuffed with cash and a one-eyed master of disguise…

In 1907, the revolutionary Joseph Djugashvili – who would later take the name Joseph Stalin – met with an old friend, a clerk at the Tiflis branch of the State Bank of the Russian Empire, for a glass of milk. Over talk of national pride, the spirit of the new century and Djugashvili’s poetry, they agreed the beginnings of a plan.

With the aid of the Outfit, Djugashvili’s hardened crew of “expropriators,” they would pull off the biggest, bloodiest and most daring robbery in Georgia’s history, and ruthlessly change the direction of the Bolshevik revolution forever...

Yorkshire-based author David Tallerman is responsible for more than a dozen books, among them the historical science-fiction drama To End All Wars, thrillers A Savage Generation and The Bad Neighbour, and the fantasy series The Black River Chronicles. His comics work includes the absurdist steampunk graphic novel Endangered Weapon B: Mechanimal Science, with Bob Molesworth, and his short fiction has appeared in around a hundred markets, including Clarkesworld, Nightmare, Lightspeed, and Beneath Ceaseless Skies. A number of his best dark fantasy stories were gathered together in his debut collection The Sign in the Moonlight and Other Stories.

"A well-written and cleverly imagined crime thriller with a knife-sharp edge." -- Crime Review on The Bad Neighbour

– Crime Review

"Exciting, gritty, and dramatic, this book has it all." -- Telegraph & Argus

– Telegraph & Argus

"A deceptively-written thriller that captures the mood of modern society." -- SFBook on The Bad Neighbour

– SFBook

"A compelling, dark, and gritty book." -- Audio Killed the Bookmark on The Bad Neighbour

– Audio Killed the Bookmark

"An absolutely ripping novel; rollicking, thrilling, twisty; in short, one of the best heist novels I’ve read this decade, without qualification." -- Kit Power

'David Tallerman brings one of the Twentieth Century's lesser-known incidents - masterminded by one of its greatest monsters - vividly to life.' -- Dave Hutchinson