This is essentially a detective story set inside the Soviet Union near the end of Stalin's reign. You have to suspend disbelief with regard to some of the plot twists, but it's well worth it. In addition, the setting -- a communist state with higher regard for appearances than justice -- is like another character in the book. Be warned that the story involves the murders of children, and it's a little gruesome.
It appears that this book is the first in a possible series with the same protagonist. I'll listen to those that follow.
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