By A. D. Miller
SHORTLISTED for the 2011 guy Booker Prize for Fiction
An excessive mental drama that echoes refined entertainments like Gorky Park and The gifted Mr. Ripley.
Nick Platt is a British legal professional operating in Moscow within the early 2000s--a position the place the cascade of oil cash, the tightening grip of the govt., the jostling of the oligarchs, and the loosening of Soviet social mores have ended in a tradition the place corruption, decadence, violence, and betrayal outline daily life. Nick doesn't ask too many questions about the shady offers he works on--he's too busy having fun with the unique, surreally sinful nightlife Moscow has to offer.
One day within the subway, he rescues willowy sisters, Masha and Katya, from a would-be handbag snatcher. quickly Nick, the seductive Masha, and long-limbed Katya are cruising the seamy glamour spots of town. Nick starts off to suppose anything for Masha that he's happy to imagine is love. Then the sisters ask Nick to aid their elderly aunt, Tatiana, discover a new apartment.
Of path, not anything is because it seems--including this extraordinary debut novel. The twists within the tale take it some distance past its noirish frame--the sordid and bright portrayal of Moscow serves as a backdrop for a e-book that examines the impossible to resist attract of sin, that includes characters whose hearts are as chilly because the Russian wintry weather.
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Holding on for her life, before it slipped away entirely, in falls and headaches and the horrifying sense of sliding away into insanity. All the bad things simply . . stopped. Her taut muscles loosened, her eyes closed, her nose was buried in a sweater that smelled of fabric softener and man, with a faint tang of smoke. She was being held tightly, engulfed in strong arms and warmth and her mind simply blanked. She was so used to the background buzz of anxiety and fear in her head, a constant hiss of static tinged with darkness, that she simply blissed out at its absence.
Interested. ” It had been so long since she‟d felt anything like this, since she‟d been part of that whole manwoman thing. Her only contact with men over the past nine months had been with doctors and physical therapists, then lawyers as she settled her father‟s estate. She‟d nearly forgotten that she was a woman. Daniel Weston made her feel female once again. She felt a connection to him and even though it was probably a sign of her craziness, because the connection was in her dreams, right at this moment she didn‟t feel cold and alone and listless, which had been her default emotional setting for more time than she cared to think about.
He touched his baseball cap with his index finger in a salute, then took off with a squeal of t ires, leaving her completely alone on the deserted street. The trip had been such a nightmare. She‟d regretted it the moment she‟d left the house in the pouring rain. The taxi had got caught in a jam due to the sudden downpour, tipping her out at departures barely in time to make it to the gate. Two huge Airbuses were boarding and the gates were crowded with far more passengers than the relatively small Tampa airport was equipped to handle.