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In an era of financial free-for-all in Russia, a Moscow cop deals with rampant crime in a "terrific" and "exceptional" police drama (Detroit Free Press).

It's the mid-'90s, and capitalism and privatization have come to Russia. As the trickle of cash turns to a torrent, bureaucrats become oligarchs, and the brutal Russian mafia is on the rise. Newfound democracy has not reduced the crime rate, and Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov, a 40-year veteran of the Moscow police department, and his colleagues have their hands full.

A prominent businessman is kidnapped in broad daylight. Three children - as innocent looking as they are savage - terrorize a slum. And a house full of Czarist treasures is raided by tax police - only to have every piece vanish the following day.

As criminals at all levels rush to exploit a system in confusion, "Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is a rarity among policemen: shrewd, utterly incorruptible and destined to survive each complex political shift" (Publishers Weekly, starred review).

©1996 Double Tiger Productions, Inc. (P)2021 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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