Top critical review
Ok, but not as good as a John Le Carre novel, required existing knowledge
on 28 December 2016
Bought this for my dad for his birthday, as he'd run out of books to read. He likes John Le Carre, Robert Harris etc and from here (using Goodreads) Alan Furst was suggested to me as an author he might also like. This book in particular seemed to be one of his more popular ones. However, my dad reported that the book was too confusing to enjoy. It required a lot of back knowledge of historical events - in this case, Stalin purges from within the Belshevik party and other movements that you'd have to be quite a history buff to know - not just the general outline of the Bolshekvik revolution, WW2 and Stalin's rise to power. My dad is pretty knowledgeable on these things and researched a little on the events being mentioned. However as a novel to pick up and read, he said it's not in the same vein as John Le Care.