It's not often that a sequel manages as much impact as the original, but The Fortune Teller, Donald James' follow-up to the wonderful Monstrum, has done just that.
Inspector Vadim, with his cold-war hangover, is back. After the bleak poverty and corruption of Moscow, Vadim and Natalya, now his wife, find themselves in Murmansk - even bleaker than Moscow. When Natalya goes missing Vadim finds himself once again battling both internal and external demons - this time, uneasily, with the FBI in tow.
James has done it again - you'll be reading this over your Cornflakes, on the bus, even at work. And if you've already read Monstrum, so much the better. More please, Mr James!