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It is deep winter in Moscow and Arkady Renko, a maverick detective, is called in to investigate reports of Stalin appearing on the last metro of the night. If that was not enough, he is competing with a colleague for the affections of his girlfriend Eva. This particular colleague has a troubling record in the war in Chechyna, where Eva had volunteered to tend the sick.
As momentum gathers, Renko is embroiled in an increasingly dangerous investigation where the ghosts of Russian political life, ancient and modern crowd in and seem to be vying for his destruction, and nearly succeed.
Only the unearthing of the bodies from the second world war, a war which Renko's father fought with deadly distinction, can atone for and answer the riddles posed by the recent dead piling up alarmingly at Renko's feet.