Monstrum

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Random House, Jan 1, 1999 - Fiction - 436 pages
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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.

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User Review  - alanteder - LibraryThing

The setup here had a lot of promise. A post-civil war Russia is imagined in the year 2015. A Russian Nationalist side has won out over a Russian Anarchist/Communist side. A provincial detective from ... Read full review

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A dark suspense novel set in a future Russia. The details of the inner workings and intrigue of the politics works well against one detective's struggle to do the right thing. Read full review

Contents

Section 1
19
Section 2
43
Section 3
47
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About the author (1999)

Donald James is a veteran novelist, a successful writer for television--most recently, he was the scriptwriter of Russia's War, a ten-part PBS series--and a renowned historian whose works include The Penguin Dictionary of the Third Reich and the bestselling The Fall of the Russian Empire. He lives in England.

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