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Patrick AndersonBrent Ghelfi's first novel, Volk's Game, is pretty much state of the art with regard to a certain kind of thriller. It's an exciting, often brutal story of Russian gangsters fighting over priceless works of art. Its characters are colorful, its descriptions of Russia are vivid and its suspense is palpable. In terms of sheer entertainment, Volk's Game is an impressive debut, and it is not without its serious moments, too, particularly with regard to the bitterness the war in Chechnya has brought home to Russia. The only possible objection to the book is its level of violence, which is off the charts. This is not a novel for the faint of heart.
— The Washington Post