The Wolves of Levinsky Prospekt by Sarah Armstrong (Sandstone Press, 2019)
Another intriguing book from Sandstone Press, the publishers of Along the Amber Route. This novel takes us to Moscow in 1973. We see the intrigues, the deceit, the shadowy lives and the impossibility of knowing who to trust through the eyes of Martha, a naïve but entirely believable 20 year old English girl. The evocation of time and place are first-class and the reader is almost as much at sea as Martha. Don’t expect a spy thriller, or even answers to many questions; this is much better than that. It’s an excellent exploration of character and circumstance at a time of heightened tensions between the West and the unfathomable country behind the Iron Curtain.