As someone who is intrigued by all things Russian, this was a really interesting read for me. I honestly don't know how much of it is fact and how much is fiction (the author's note says some tales are made up) but the author provides the reader with a look at the criminal world in Transdneister. I found the descriptions of the rules of the criminal factions, the tattoos and the "language" they spoke fascinating but I felt like the story was kind of disjointed and jumped around. The book was comprised more of anecdotes and stories then one cohesive storyline. There were some really neat characters in the book and I think that's why I kept reading despite being confused at times as to where the story was going. I must say that I found the part where Nikolai Kolima talks about the Little Thieves in prison revolting; I had to skip through those parts because I could not stomach what was happening.