Twists and turns abound in The Last Matryoshka when Jo is asked to help Nikolai Kharpov, her émigré stepfather. Helping her stepfather leads Jo not only into the criminal underworld, but also to Moscow and its surrounding area in Nikolai's homeland. Nothing is at it seems, but will the truth be found in time?
The Last Matryoshka provides an insightful read into the seamier side of things with great characters (both good and bad). It also shows that there could be honor among thieves, but only if everyone follows the rules, which is not always the case.
I liked the way Ms. Yarrow presented the characters and the storyline. I look forward to future books.
Roped into helping her socially inept‚ émigré stepfather‚ Nikolai‚ escape the clutches of a blackmailer‚ Jo must enter a world where criminals enforce a 19th-century code of honor‚ threats arrive inside not-so-traditional Matryoshka (nesting) dolls‚ and fashion models adorn themselves with lewd prison tattoos. And even as she helps Nikolai — who claims to have been framed — to evade the police‚ Jo can’t help wondering if her client is as innocent as he claims.
In this fast-paced, suspenseful novel, performance poet and private investigator Jo Epstein uses her New York street smarts to outmaneuver a master Russian criminal on his own turf.
Roped into helping her socially inept, émigré stepfather Nikolai escape the clutches of a blackmailer, Jo must enter a world where criminals enforce a nineteenth-century code of honor, threats arrive inside not-so-traditional Matryoshka (nesting) dolls, and fashion models adorn themselves with lewd prison tattoos. And even as she helps Nikolai—who claims to have been framed—to evade the police, Jo can’t help wondering if her client is as innocent as he claims.
From Vladimir Central Prison to the brooding Russian forest, from Moscow Criminal Police headquarters to the monasteries of Suzdal, Jo Epstein investigates the world of the vory—a criminal subculture as brutal as it is romanticized—while racing against the clock to solve crimes committed on two continents.
The Last Matryoshka is a thrilling mystery that explores the age-old relationship between justice and revenge while delving into the complexities of family relationships forged in vastly different cultures.