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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Stuart Craigie’s Russian Monopoly is a stunning entry into the detective genre. Mike Sanders is a skilled agent; intelligent and imbued with a powerful sense of duty. When an assassination attempt on his life fails, he becomes obsessed with knowing why someone would want to kill him and, worst of all, someone with whom he’d collaborated in the past. When he begins his investigation, he sets off a chain of events that threatens to destroy him and everything he stands for. It is interesting to watch as he races through cities like Helsinki, Moscow, Kyoto, Washington, Siberia, and St. Petersburg to solve a threat he barely understands. Will he be able to get to the heart of the Russian mob that threatens his life before they get to him?
In the tradition of Robert Ludlum, and with a unique style and voice, Stuart Craigie weaves a powerful tale involving rounded and rock-solid characters that readers will love. There are so many twists in the story and unusual surprises that readers will find really entertaining. Characters like the investigative journalist Heidi Klusman are very memorable, but the protagonist is a hero who will undoubtedly win the sympathy of readers. Russian Monopoly creates a story set against a world where danger is everywhere and where it’s hard to trust anyone, but what makes it even more suspenseful is the love affair and the dilemma into which it thrusts the protagonist. Stuart Craigie is an author to follow if one loves investigative novels and well-crafted characters.