Swindles. The plot of A.D. Miller’s debut novel, Snowdrops, became so predictable that I found my mind wandering about ways in which I could have made the events unravel in a more interesting way. Set in Russia, a cast of characters led by British lawyer Nick Platt, meander in the madness that was (is?) Moscow as it embraces capitalism. The subject of the novel is property crime, and the appeal to readers is how lust can overcome all sense. The swindles are straight forward, and the fact that Nick found this experience to be one of self-discovery will appeal to those readers, perhaps lawyers, who are patient with tedium. This may also appeal to those readers who are willing to give debut novelists a try.
Rating: Two-star (Mildly Recommended)
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