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by A.D. Miller

An intense psychological drama that echoes sophisticated entertainments like Gorky Parkand The Talented Mr. Ripley.


SHORTLISTED for the 2011 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Nick Platt is a British lawyer working in Moscow in the early 2000s—a place where the cascade of oil money, the tightening grip of the government, the jostling of the oligarchs, and the loosening of Soviet social mores have led to a culture where corruption, decadence, violence, and betrayal define everyday life. Nick doesn’t ask too many questions about the shady deals he works on—he’s too busy enjoying the exotic, surreally sinful nightlife Moscow has to offer.

One day in the subway, he rescues two willowy sisters, Masha and Katya, from a would-be purse snatcher. Soon Nick, the seductive Masha, and long-limbed Katya are cruising the seamy glamour spots of the city. Nick begins to feel something for Masha that he is pleased to think is love. Then the sisters ask Nick to help their aged aunt, Tatiana, find a new apartment.

Of course, nothing is as it seems—including this extraordi­nary debut novel. The twists in the story take it far beyond its noirish frame—the sordid and vivid portrayal of Moscow serves as a backdrop for a book that examines the irresistible allure of sin, featuring characters whose hearts are as cold as the Russian winter.

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Book Condition

Used – Like New, Used – Good




273 pages, 130×200 mm


2011 by Atlantic Books, First published February 14, 2011


Fiction, Contemporary, Crime, Mystery, Thriller


Booker Prize Nominee (2011),
James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominee for Fiction (2011),
CWA Gold Dagger Award Nominee for Shortlist (2011)