“Ukrainian Nights” is a Finalist in the Prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards

(Denver, CO) – Denver resident Pete Carlson’s debut novel has won national recognition. “Ukrainian Nights” is a finalist in the General Fiction category of the highly prestigious Eric Hoffer Awards program.

“Ukrainian Nights” is the story of Hunter, a young New York Times journalist, assigned to investigate sex slavery and money laundering in Kiev just after the fall of the Soviet Union. Shortly after arriving in Russia, he falls in love with his informant, Alina, who happens to be the mistress of Vladimir Karasov—the head of Ukraine’s largest mafia.

The love story between Hunter and Alina is running against a background of desperate brutality in Kiev and New York City, the result of the competing interests of international business, human trafficking, geopolitics, drug money and crooked banking—for the riches and spoils of oil and gas exploitation in Ukraine. The plot of “Ukrainian Nights” twists and turns until the reader is left to wonder what will happen next and who is right and who is wrong.

“Ukrainian Nights” was published by Calumet Editions, and is available for purchase at  CalumetEditions.com, as well as Amazon.com, and BarnesandNoble.com.

About the Eric Hoffer Awards

The Eric Hoffer Book Award honors the memory of the great American philosopher Eric Hoffer by highlighting salient writing, as well as the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer has become one of the largest international book awards program for small, academic, and independent presses.

EDITOR’S NOTE: To arrange an interview with Pete Carlson, or request a review copy of “Ukrainian Nights,” please contact Rachel M. Anderson, Publicist, at 952-240-2513 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


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