When a brutal and sadistic serial killer begins stalking the streets of Moscow, Xenia, an ambitious young newspaper editor, takes it upon herself to attempt to solve the mystery of the killer's identity. As her obsession with the killer grows, Xenia devises an elaborate website with the intention of ensnaring the murderer, only to discover something disturbing about herself: her own unhealthy fascination with the sexual savagery of the murders.
About the Author
Sergey Kuznetsov was born in Moscow in 1966. In the late '90s he became a leading Russian film and pop-culture critic, and achieved prominence as one of the pioneers of the Internet in Russia. He has actively contributed to magazines such as Harper's Bazaar, Playboy, Vogue, and L'Officiel. In 2001 he became the first Russian journalist to be awarded the Knight Fellowship in Stanford University. Kuznetsov is the author of The Nineties: A Fairy Tale, a detective trilogy, and PG21, a futuristic novel (together with Linor Goralik). His novel Round Dance of the Water was short-listed for Big Book, leading Russian literary award. His young-adult fiction "Live and Adult" was awarded as Best Horror of 2011 by World of SciFi Russian Magazine. His novel Butterfly Skin has acquired cult status in Russia and has been translated into five languages including German (Heyne). His story "Moscow Reincarnations" was included in the anthology Moscow Noir (Akashic Books, 2010). He lives in Paris with his wife and two children. Andrew Bromfield is a British editor and translator of Russian works. He is a founding editor of the Russian literature journal Glas, and has translated into English works by Boris Akunin, Vladimir Voinovich, Irina Denezhkina, Victor Pelevin, and Sergei Lukyanenko, among other writers.