Investigator Vissarion Lom has been summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist --- and ordered to report directly to the head of the secret police.
A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown insurgents with an iron fist. But Lom discovers Mirgorod to be more corrupted than he imagined: a murky world of secret police and revolutionaries, cabaret clubs and doomed artists.
Lom has been chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - CSDaley - LibraryThing
Parts of this book were brilliant. Other parts dragged a bit. I still really liked it but felt the book soared when it focused on Lom and sometimes derailed when it dealt with the mystical. Still I loved the meshing of genres and look forward to see where he goes next. Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - Steve38 - LibraryThing
Ultimately disappointing. Begins in a pseudo soviet world relatively well constructed. But soon meanders into fantasyland with filmic coincidental plot incidents to hurry along the tale. Some good, imaginative writing but too many corners cut along the way. Read full review