New York Times Bestselling True Crime And History Author
Will “Dig In” To Look For Remains Of Tsar’s Brother
While Working On New Book “FINDING ANASTASIA”
Beginning the first week of June and for the next three weeks thereafter, I’ll be writing a series of posts you can find below this message about an expedition I’m joining to Perm in the very heart of Russia. I’ll be working as part of a team looking for the 97-year-old clandestine grave of the Grand Duke Mikhail Alexandrovich Romanov and his faithful secretary, Brian Johnson. Joining other members of NecroSearch International, the forensic investigators I wrote about in NO STONE UNTURNED, as well as SEARCH (the Scientific Expedition to Account for the Romanov Children), this will be our third attempt to locate the remains of Tsar Nicholas II’s brother and Johnson, who were murdered in June 1918 by Bolshevik revolutionaries. A dashing cavalry officer, who risked his brother’s anger by marrying a commoner for love over duty, Mikhail’s life and death is worthy of a book in itself; I’ll fill you in on some
of his story, including what led us to the search area. In addition to actively participating with the team, which will be using a variety of techniques to search for the graves from Ground-Penetrating Radar to a cadaver dog, I’m working on two books while in Russia. One will be the sequel to NO STONE TURNED, which was recently updated and released for the first time as an eBook and audio book, chronicling the evolution of NecroSearch since the original book was published in 2002. I’m also working on FINDING ANASTASIA, a book that will span time from before the Russian Revolution to the present. It’s an exciting narrative that is part history, part romance, part true detective, portraying two iconic Russian families, one of them the Tolstoys (of War And Peace fame) and the other the Sarandinakis, whose descendant, Peter Sarandinaki, founded SEARCH and is the leader of this expedition as well as my co-author. I hope you’ll join me on our little adventure to the land (and time) of Dr. Zhivago.
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*In addition to being a bestselling, award-winning author of true crime, Steve Jackson writes histories and biographies, including winning the 2001 Colorado Center for the Book Award for Best History/Biography for LUCKY LADY: The World War II Heroics of the USS Franklin and Santa Fe, as well being runner-up in 2002 for the prestigious Admiral Samuel Morison Award for Naval History for LUCKY LADY.