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Vodka (original 2004; edition 2006)

by Boris Starling

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Title:Vodka
Authors:Boris Starling
Info:Onyx (2006), Paperback, 656 pages
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Maybe it's (at least partially) because I have such a strong affinity for both Russia, and the mafia, and also for books dealing with murder mysteries, but I greatly enjoyed this novel. It wasn't perfect, but I thought Starling did a wonderful job of portraying characters and most situations quite realistically, and I am very eager to read all the rest of his work! ( )
  .Monkey. | Oct 31, 2012 |
This book has everything but the kitchen sink, which is both good and bad. There's politics, spies, mafia, vodka, communism, capitalism, amputees, orphans, alcoholism, murder, torture, vampires, and true love. Once it got going, I had a hard time putting it down. Was it ridiculous? Yes. Was it entertaining? Yes. ( )
  tulikangaroo | May 30, 2012 |
An intense fast-paced political thriller/crime novel. Good interpretation of Russian political intrigue and Russian versus Chechen mafia in Moscow, as Russia was just emerging as a separate country in 1991-92 (not Soviet Union any more), great account of that disastrous involvement of Soviets in Afghanistan, and quite a colorful depiction of the dangers of alcoholism. Mostly fair take on Russian character, even if sometimes exaggerating the darker side of it (I say "mostly", because some insinuations are absolutely not true: like the assumption that it is inherent in Russians to inform on each other - ridiculously not true...). But all in all, a decent page-turner, even though a little over the top in its volume. ( )
  Clara53 | Jul 17, 2011 |
It is December 1991, and the Soviet Union has just collapsed. Russians are used to lines and empty shelves, but now they have to cope with a dangerous power vacuum - and a war between brutal mafia gangs for control of the city. Alice Liddell, an American banker, has come to Moscow to oversee the privatization of Russia's most famous vodka distillery - the Red October. Faced with the charismatic, ruthless Lev, the distillery director and head of one of the warring mafia gangs, Alice's very difficult job is starting to look impossible. Lev's archenemy has vowed revenge on him, and a series of bizarre child killings are only adding to the complications and the terror of this dangerously volatile moment in history. - jacket notes A decent thriller. ( )
  tripleblessings | Feb 2, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0451412060, Mass Market Paperback)

Beautiful American banker Alice Liddell arrives in Moscow as it reels under a war between mafia gangs for control of the violently changing city. Hired to oversee the privatization of Russia's vodka distillery, Alice finds her ideals compromised by its director, a dangerously seductive gangland member. When an enemy vows revenge on him, and a series of bizarre serial murders erupts, Alice finds herself drawn into the violent underground world of Moscow.

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A taunt, shocking story of vengeance, bloodshed and love.

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