Where did you get the idea for your most recent book?
In 1991, I was at the Second Leningrad International Documentary Festival with film director Jack O'Connell. Crime was rampant, shelves were bare. Old Soviets were crying out for a return to Stalinism. Anything could happen here, I thought, in Leningrad at this desperate time. I returned home with the idea for The Matyroshka Murders (and lots of photographs and notes). My writing partner, Eileen Jo Wyman and I then drafted a plot that would start in Leningrad and jump across an ocean to New York City. .