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OLCOTT, Anthony

ISBN 10: 0684194066 / ISBN 13: 9780684194066
Published by Scribners, NY, 1992
Condition: Fine Hardcover

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FINE condition in FINE dust jacket. HARDCOVER. 1992. FIRST EDITION. As new, bound in black and gray cloth and boards with gold titles. Square and tight, UNREAD, original price intact. Third in the superb spy series featuring Ivan Duvakin, now post Cold War. Bookseller Inventory # 000488

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Publisher: Scribners, NY

Publication Date: 1992

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition

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Russian detective Ivan Duvakin journeys to the Novii Uzen oil fields to investigate a case involving labor unrest and murder

From Publishers Weekly:

Transitional chaos throughout the former Soviet Union gives rise to narrative confusion in this disappointing tale of intrigue, set amid the oil fields of Kazakhstan. Shortly after the brutal robbery and murder of his wife, Ivan Duvakin leaves Moscow for the barren desert of Novii Uzen on assignment for the Russian minister of energy. A conspicuous foreigner sent to topple the city's powerful boss, Duvakin finds himself in a precarious, dangerous position: the breakup of the union has led to a deadly power struggle for control of the region's oil, and Duvakin's predecessor has been murdered. Duvakin tiresomely bluffs his way through the novel, trying unsuccessfully to figure out what he should do and why he was sent. Aside from some clever similes, Olcott ( Murder at the Red October ) writes dreary, careless prose that generates little suspense and glosses over some potentially interesting characters. Despite the unusual setting, there is little here for any but die-hard fans of the previous Duvakin novels.
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