On the surface, this is a bravura crime narrative, with a maverick cop tracking a killer in the face of his disapproving superiors. But the added value here is a pungent recreation of a time and place: Stalin's pitiless Soviet Union of the 1950s. And the novel focuses on a major crise de conscience for its protagonist as his personality is torn to shreds; the preoccupation, in fact, of many a literary novel.
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