Headcrusher

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Chatto & Windus, 2005 - Banks and banking - 307 pages
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A Russian cyberthriller that has been a huge hit in Russia and now looks set to be an international cult novel.
26-year-old Vadim hates his job in the PR department of Latvia's biggest bank. He spends his time playing his favourite shoot-em-up computer game, "Headcrusher," and composing insulting emails about his bosses. When his manager catches him writing one such email, Vadim is so overcome with rage that he kills him. Then he kills the bank's security guard too, because he has seen him disposing of the body. Bumping people off comes to seem as easy as playing a computer game (or moving money between bank accounts) and Vadim embarks on a killing spree, putting paid to anyone who annoys him. But, as he becomes embroiled in the murky activities of the corrupt bank, which is laundering money for Mafia criminals, he starts to lose touch with reality. Where does truth end and fantasy begin - and is life just one big computer game?
This high-octane debut novel has the energy of a Tarantino film, the game-playing of "The Matrix" and the philosophical quirkiness of Fight Club. Nothing quite like it has come out of Russia before. It has been a major bestseller there and has been picked up by publishers around the world.

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Section 1
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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (2005)

Alexander Garros and Aleksei Evdokimov were born in 1975, and both work as journalists in Riga, Latvia. Friends since school, they decided to write a novel together. The result wasHeadcrusher, which won the prestigious Russian Literary National Bestseller Prize in 2003.

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