Rated of 5
This book was a scream! The protagonist, young Vladimir Girshkin, is a Russian immigrant ne'er-do-well with an uncanny ability to get himself into trouble... yet with an even more uncanny ability to stay just barely afloat in the most dire situations! The plot line is improbable, the characters have bizarre lives, some have even more bizarre secrets. Every page is loaded with wit, wry criticism of society (both American and Russian), and the book gives a lot of insight into the burgeoning post-Soviet collapse crime scene, the status of immigrants in America and the strange underworld of American Russophile young people in the former Soviet Union. Worth a read!