A Plague on Both Your Houses : A Novel in the Shadow of the Russian Mafia

Robert Littell

Ramiz Monsef (Narrator)

02-06-24

6hrs 39min

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02-06-24

6hrs 39min

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Unabridged

Genre

Fiction/Thrillers

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“Star-crossed lovers and warring gangs: methinks the Bard would love it.” Kirkus Reviews

A Fresh Fiction Pick for February
A Rap Sheet Pick of New Crime, Mystery & Thrillers
A Jewish Book World Pick of New Books

A brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell, A Plague on Both Your Houses is a thrilling tale of love and war.

On Christmas Day, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev delivered a ten-minute televised speech announcing his resignation as Soviet president. Moments later, with little pomp and less circumstance, the red flag was lowered from its floodlit perch atop the Kremlin, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

Into the vacuum—before a new democracy had time to put down roots—surged the Russian mafia, supplying what the new state could not: krysha, or “roof”—protection for the privately owned businesses sprouting across the country. Rivalries turned bloody as Moscow’s Jewish mafia battled the Ossete vory v zakone (literally “thieves-in-law”) for control of the city. Caught up in the mayhem, Yulia, only daughter of the Jewish mafia godfather, and Roman, only son of the Ossete mafia godfather, are obliged to navigate the minefield of a star-crossed love affair as they attempt to escape a destiny that appears preordained.

A Plague on Both Your Houses is the fictional story of one bloody episode in Moscow’s Great Turf War, when clans fought brutally in the streets and the future of the Russian nation was anything but assured.

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“Star-crossed lovers and warring gangs: methinks the Bard would love it.” Kirkus Reviews

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Language English
Release Day Feb 5, 2024
Release Date February 6, 2024
Release Date Machine 1707177600
Imprint Blackstone Publishing
Provider Blackstone Publishing
Categories Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Thriller & Suspense, Historical Fiction, Crime Thrillers, Historical, New Releases, New in Paperback
Author Bio
Robert Littell

Robert Littell has written over twenty novels, including A Plague on Both Your Houses. A former naval officer and later a Newsweek journalist specializing in the Soviet Union, he also wrote For the Future of Israel (in collaboration with Shimon Peres), The Revolutionist, and Mother Russia. His novel The Amateur was made into a feature film, his novel Legends became a television series, and his New York Times bestselling novel The Company was adapted into a miniseries. He has been awarded the UK’s prestigious Gold Dagger and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his fiction. Littell makes his home in France.

Narrator Bio
Ramiz Monsef

Ramiz Monsef has spent several seasons as a member of Oregon Shakespeare Festival’s acting company, and he is the playwright of OSF’s 2013 production The Unfortunates. He has also appeared onstage in New York and in numerous regional productions.

Overview

A Fresh Fiction Pick for February
A Rap Sheet Pick of New Crime, Mystery & Thrillers
A Jewish Book World Pick of New Books

A brand-new novel from New York Times bestselling author Robert Littell, A Plague on Both Your Houses is a thrilling tale of love and war.

On Christmas Day, 1991, Mikhail Gorbachev delivered a ten-minute televised speech announcing his resignation as Soviet president. Moments later, with little pomp and less circumstance, the red flag was lowered from its floodlit perch atop the Kremlin, and the Soviet Union ceased to exist.

Into the vacuum—before a new democracy had time to put down roots—surged the Russian mafia, supplying what the new state could not: krysha, or “roof”—protection for the privately owned businesses sprouting across the country. Rivalries turned bloody as Moscow’s Jewish mafia battled the Ossete vory v zakone (literally “thieves-in-law”) for control of the city. Caught up in the mayhem, Yulia, only daughter of the Jewish mafia godfather, and Roman, only son of the Ossete mafia godfather, are obliged to navigate the minefield of a star-crossed love affair as they attempt to escape a destiny that appears preordained.

A Plague on Both Your Houses is the fictional story of one bloody episode in Moscow’s Great Turf War, when clans fought brutally in the streets and the future of the Russian nation was anything but assured.