I absolutely loved this book, but it's not for the faint of heart by any means. It has graphic language, violence, very male-oriented sexual content (i.e. nothing romanticized or even suggested in the way of emotion, it's straight non-obligatory sex, so don't look for romance here). In this book there is corruption, deprivation of humanity, lying politicians, a man seemingly dead to his emotions because his family was killed years earlier...Not to mention a murderer on the loose killing women viciously. The closest author I can compare this to is Thomas Harris, but his characters have a measure of control about them. There's none here, and that makes this a bit more frightenining. A bit more 'right-round-the-corner', because IF it gets you, you CAN'T talk your way out of it or reason with it (which wasn't possible in Harris' books, but the illusiion was there, that's not so here). Read with caution but great anticipation if you can handle this sort!
This book has something for everyone. A little sci-fi in that it's set in the future, a little murder mystery/police procedural, a little political thriller, and it's set in Russia, so there's exoticism as well.
As the back copy of this book indicates, the story is clearly in the tradition of Gorky Park. Read that book? Then this one's for you. It's a fairly quick read, has approachable characters, and is a fun and interesting story. But if you're not a fan of mystery and political intrigue mixing into your science fiction, this is not for you.
abridged,2 cassettes, 3 hours, read by Micheal Cumpsty
He hunts in a landscape ravaged by war. In a country haunted by its past and a city built on tears. He leaves behind the disfigured bodies of young women. No one knows who he is or why he kills. But now the serial murderer they call the Monstrum is being pursued by a policeman who must find the truth: about his killer, his nation, himself-and the dark heart that beats within them all.