Wook Kim
November 02, 2007 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Zugzwang

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Ronan Bennett
publisher
Bloomsbury
genre
Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a B

Russia, 1914: a country on the cusp of revolution. A string of murders in St. Petersburg leads authorities to the office of famed psychoanalyst Otto Spethmann.

Movie Pitch
An enterprising shrink-sleuth goes to work in the Russia of Dr. Zhivago— with a bit of chess thrown in.

Lowdown
Light on historical detail, but long on strong characters and effective plot twists, Ronan Bennett’s mystery-thriller, Zugzwang offers a satisfying endgame.

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