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Snowdrops    by A. D. Miller order for
by A. D. Miller
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Anchor, 2012 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

Nick Platt is sent by his English company to perform as a lawyer in Moscow. He is to be working in the financial field to monitor and see to completion a grand scheme of the Russians and whatever other country wants in on a sure fire money-maker. It's the early 2000s.

Nick meets several young girls on the Metro and is immediately drawn to them. Masha and Katya tell Nick that they are sisters and manage to entice him into their own scheme, which is to maneuver their aunt out of her apartment in Moscow to the peace and quiet of suburban climes.

A debut novel, Snowdrops by A. D. Miller reveals a Russia where corruption, vice and the sins of the flesh are a way of life. Nick falls into the clutches of the two girls as he samples the Russian lifestyle. The novel is a narrative of his four and a half years living as a Russian. Nick slowly, and naively, learns how Moscow works as he at the same time dips into the life to which the two girls introduce him.

Snowdrops is an unusual book. Interesting and well worth the read to absorb the atmosphere in Russia after the expulsion of Communism. Everything has its price no matter who or what is ripped off. It seems to be taken for granted and more or less accepted. Nick's story is only one of the many that could be told. And Miller tells it well.

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