, Jan 1, 1999
- 436 pages
The new Russia, 2015: Nationalist forces have finally defeated the Anarchist rebels, but it is an uneasy peace. Provincial police inspector Constantin Vadim is plucked from backwater Murmansk to head up a murder investigation in the decaying, crime-ridden Red Presnya district of Moscow. His task: to solve a succession of unspeakable crimes committed by a serial killer who has become a terrifying local legend, almost a cult symbol: Monstrum. Vadim unwittingly discovers governmental intrigue and conspiratorial deceptions so terrible they threaten to undermine the revamped Russia. And when his past - in the form of his estranged wife, Julia Petrovna, a general in the defeated Anarchist army - collides with his ongoing current hunt for the killer, these two forces threaten to crush the detective and Russia itself.