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Peeling back the layers reveals its limitations
18 December 2016
Greenwood's novel is a fair attempt at capturing the changing nature of Soviet life and governmental policy during the Gorbachov era, whilst creating a contemporary style investigation into a missing English diplomat's daughter in Moscow. The stereotypical "loose cannon" Mr Fox has his moments as does some of the various Russians he meets along the way. The plot is reasonably engaging and at times quite confronting ( look out for the autopsy!) but the major premise for the "cover up" is I feel a major obstacle. A "Child of 44" it is not!