The author of The Stalin Epigram here transports readers back in time and behind the Iron Curtain to experience the nightmare realms of Soviet-era Moscow. Robespierre Pravdin is a black marketeer who prowls the city's streets and alleys hustling wristwatches. He manages to make a little profit and stay under the state's radar—until the day he meets a woman called "Mother Russia" and becomes ensnared in the Byzantine and perilous game of politics.
"What Elmore Leonard is to mysteries, what Isaac Asimov is to science fiction, and what Stephen King is to horror—well, that's what Robert Littell is to the novel of intrigue."—Susan Isaacs