When the corpse of a distinguished general and presidential adviser is found, attached to an advertising balloon, lieutenant Viktor Slutsky is sent in to investigate.
Meanwhile, KGB officer Nik Tsensky arrives in Kiev for a secret mission.
A larger-than-life hitman, bombs under furniture, a hearse, a deaf-and-dumb blonde, a tortoise and a parrot all play a part as Kurkov evokes a world of secret militia not seen before in Western fiction.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 192 pages
- Publisher: Vintage Publishing
- Publication Date: 25/02/2004
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780099455257