Just finished this. Gripping is the word. The setting in pre war Russia is fascinating and adds to the general story line. I'm very critical of so called "Crime" books and often find them poorly written or full of irrelevant side stories. Not the case here. The author manages to keep to the main story line with nice insights of the Stalin years that kept me engrossed to the end. The copy I've read is the uncut version. Lets hope that the publishers don't cut anything when it's finally published. Very good - well worth a read.