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Really loved the way the author captured the pre-war communist fervor in Moscow. He masterfully portrays the uneasiness of the city, and the fear in which most citizens lived their lives. Will my neighbor tell lies to the secret police just because he doesn't like me? Will he tell them I am a secret capitalist. Will I get sent to the zone? Scary stuff. Putting a mystery in the era was a really fresh idea.
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A great new series. Only two complaints first - since he isn't Russian I would be careful about taking what he says about Soviet and especially post Soviet (from the interview at the end of the book) life as definitely true. Also, it seemed like he couldn't quite make the mystery long enough so he drew out the end of the book with lots of captures. Otherwise this was very entertaining and I will definitely read the next one. As for the reading - usually I don't like Simon Vance because he makes me sleepy but he was a great fit for this book.
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