Today I celebrated the launch of my latest legal/spy thriller Tranquility Denied at Anglia British Bookshop, Russia’s largest English language bookstore here in the heart of Moscow. I was eager to launch the book here because key parts of the novel are set in Russia and I have such fond memories of my studies here years ago. The book launch attracted a very international mix of guests, among them several VIPs such as Russian hockey legend Vladislav Tretiak, who is currently a member of the Duma (the Russian Parliament) and head of the Russian Hockey Federation.
Also in attendance were American and European executives and diplomats working in Moscow as well as an eclectic mix of expatriates who’ve made the Russian capital their new home. My presentation began with a reading, followed by a briefing on current U.S.-Russia relations, including the ongoing political and security tensions that are rivaling those of the Cold War. I also discussed my own observations of this city, having studied at Moscow State University in the mid-1990s. A lively reception followed my presentation. The after-party included a special dinner at the renowned Central House of Writers restaurant (Tsentralny Dom Literatov), a 19th century mansion that served as an exclusive authors club during Soviet times.