It seems like these days if you want to get a book published in genre it has to be a mashup of two others. For instance here we have a detective story based roughly in a Russian setting combined with folktales which are presumably Russian as well. I'm not particularly familiar with Russian folktales but I think I was able to keep up. It doesn't help that much of the narrative is around dialogue some of it purposely obscure. The writing is on the literary end of the spectrum. Basically the plot involves an investigator brought in by the head of the secret police to investigate a criminal. Things are not of course as they seen in this book is evidently the first in a series. I received this as a review copy I would've been unlikely to pick it up otherwise but I did enjoy it. Even though it took a bit to get used to. I'm actually looking forward to the next book in the series so I hope it gets published.
Book was part of LibraryThing's early reviewer program.-