The House of Special Purpose
by Colin Falconer
Shortly after the Russian Revolution in 1917, the Czar and his wife and four daughters were spirited across Russia to Ekaterinburg in Siberia and placed under arrest in a villa in the middle of the town. It became known as The House of Special Purpose.
But what happened there in the months of their exile, between the time of their arrest until their execution on July 17, 1918?
History knows them as Czar, as Empress, as mysterious and doomed princesses. But in Falconer’s tale we see one of the richest and most powerful families in the world as just an ordinary family, tyrannized by their captors while clinging to each other for survival and comfort.
Based on eye witness accounts, this novella paints a spell-binding portrait of the prisoners and their executioners, and asks again the question that has puzzled history. What really happened? And was it possible that anyone escaped?
This novella is the prequel to Anastasia.
(17,000 words; ebook $.99 USD)
Reviews of The House of Special Purpose
“If you haven’t read one of Colin Falconer’s novels, then I promise you are in for a real roller-coaster ride.” Mirella Patzer, Historical Novel Review
“Falconer weaves a pacy story of obsession, love, greed and corruption. Really well done.” – Sydney Morning Herald