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Murder at the Dacha by Alexei Bayer
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it was amazing
bookshelves: cold-war, espionage, russia, social-history, corruption, first-person

Applying five stars to a book is not, for me, based purely on literary merit. It is purely based on enjoyment. I would argue that Hilary Mantel is a finer literary writer than Alexei Bayer, but her two Wolf Hall books get five stars for enjoyment. While they happen to be highly literary as well, enjoyment also comes from plotting, authenticity, and also the context of the read. In my case, pure diversion!

This book is a really fine read. It avoids cliche, has mountains of human warmth, the plot progresses with plausible originality, and the whole experience is one of the best I've enjoyed in a year.

Think the iconic Gorky Park by Martin Cruz Smith, and written by someone who clearly has a great insight into Soviet-era life in Moscow in the mid 1960s.

Hope he is writing more - this book was a real treat.
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Reading Progress

August 24, 2014 – Shelved
August 24, 2014 – Shelved as: to-read
Started Reading
September 1, 2014 – Finished Reading
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: cold-war
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: espionage
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: russia
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: social-history
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: corruption
September 4, 2014 – Shelved as: first-person

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