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Neat Vodka (Faith Zanetti #3)

3.4 of 5 stars 3.40  ·  rating details  ·  120 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Starred Review. British journalist Blundy's brilliant thriller provides sharp insights into the new Russia vs. the old Soviet Union. Sixteen years after reporter Faith Zanetti left Russia, she returns to Moscow as a correspondent for a London newspaper only to be charged with a double murder her shady estranged husband, Dimitri Sakhnov, confessed to committing back in 1989 ...more
Published (first published September 1st 2006)
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Jeanne
From the back of the book: "The dead twins stole my chicken!" That's the least of the revelations to greet Faith Zanetti on her return to Moscow, a city she last lived in some fifteen years ago. A lot has changed since then, but a lot hasn't. The dead-eyed thugs who arrest Faith before she's had time to unpack may no longer call themselves KGB, but they dance to that old, familiar music. And while Faith is now a (semi) respectable journalist, rather than the tearaway teen bride of a Russian boot ...more
Lake Oz Fic Chick
Although I almost gave up on this book a couple of times, in the end there were things I liked a lot about it.

This passage, for instance:

..."We had gone through some wooden doors into heaven, or the stage just before it. It was so dark in here that all I could immediately see were thousands and thousands of flickering candles and walls of gold. The air was full of intoxicating incense and Dimitri fell to his knees. I almost have liked to cross myself but I didn't know how. A choir was chanting
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Janet
I read the first few books of of the Faith Zanetti series several years ago, and just got back to it again. Faith is a refreshingly non-cozy mystery heroine. She's a journalist who is typically running around a war zone, drinking and smoking too much, and generally behaving badly. She breaks proper behavior taboos right and left. I think Blundy must have a little checklist next to her keyboard, and ticks them off as she goes.[return]In this book, she's in Moscow, which is supposed to be a cushy ...more
Holly
When I picked this book up I was unaware that this was the third in a series. I imagine that I missed a few things for this fact but I still enjoyed the book.

The story is a mystery of a British War journalist who had lived in the USSR some 15 years prior to her return in this book. She confronts a past made vague by vodka, a mental break down and time and stumbles into truths that determine her future.

I did struggle with finding a rhythm at the start of this book. In retrospect, perhaps it's bec
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La Petite Américaine
Jul 28, 2008 La Petite Américaine rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literally ... No One.
Shelves: sucked
Why oh why did I ever read this horrible, trite, crappy excuse for a book?

Don't be fooled by the back cover blurb about the "thriller tale" of an alcoholic journalist who must relive her days in Soviet Moscow in order to clear her name of murder. The writing sucks (describing characters as "dirty" or "cool" is about as deep as she gets with adjectives), the plot is stupid (i.e., not a mystery, nor a thriller), and it's filled with two-dimensional stock characters. UGH.

The best part? This is the
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Melissa
This turned out to be a gripping, quick, and very good read. It took the first 65 pages to get into the book because of the author going back and forth in time. Once I picked up the rhythem it all fell into place perfectly ready to be filmed for a movie starring Charice Theron as the lead. If you liked Gorky Park you will enjoy this captivating mystery about a British war journalist with a past life in the USSR to return to Russia 15 years later. The historical references are visually pleasing a ...more
Judith Yeabsley
I enjoyed this but would have loved it way more if it wasn't so similar to the other one of her books I read. The characters, setting, female lead from damaged background meeting Russian boy on school trip .....were all the same. Shame as aside from that it was a good holiday read.
Judy
Jul 28, 2008 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of hard-boiled mysteries with female sleuths
A pretty good thriller set in Russia - I enjoyed it because I've worked in newspapers and it has a newspaper background, which feels authentic. I also liked the feistyseries heroine, Faith Zanetti. There's a lot about alcoholism, which tends to take over the story too much at times. I found the plot a bit hard to follow in places, which is often the case for me with thrillers, but was also irritated by one plot element which was rather too obvious!
Ellen
Wow. It's really hard to write a review. It's kind of a chick-lit shocker. Most of the characters are pretty confused and dysfunctional. It was a great read. I was 20 pages from the end and couldn't figure out how Blundy could end the book in 20 pages. Faith, the main character, was still in a serious muddle. Lots of short scenes showing the miseries of the Russian people during the cold war and now.
Diana
The action takes place in present-day Moscow. The author, Anna Blundy, lived and worked in Russia and consequently is familiar not only with the culture and customs of present day Putin Russia but Stalin era Russia as well. Good story, well told.
Renate
maybe it was the dutch translation, but I had a hard time finishing it. I rushed trough it, to get it over with.
Stephanie
I really wasn't that impressed with this book - yeah, there were some interesting depictions of Russia, but I felt no affinity for the characters.
Lisa Bradlow
Very good mystery set in atmospherically in modern day Russia. Good characters, great female protagonist voice. Very smart and fun to read!
Cloda Rowe
Often funny and often sad but a great read... Will be looking for more of her books
Gina
Very enjoyable and fast paced read. Faith Zanetti kicks some serious ass in this.
Elizabeth
Anna Blundy does Russia as well as or better than Kaminsky or Cruz Smith.
Tania
I am a little confused as my book is entitled "Neat Vodka". Average read.
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'I was born in 1970 and grew up on my own with my mum while dad flew around the world to wars and summits. It was odd in those days, when most people didn’t go abroad, to be watching the news (in black and white) and taking it personally. Mum had shabby boyfriends and Dad had beautiful and glamorous girlfriends. I hated both lots. I spent most holidays in New York and Washington staying in foreign ...more
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