Sasha's Trick by David Rosenbaum

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Mr. Rosenbaum, a skillful writer whose first novel was entitled Zaddik, tells us about Sasha, a Russian hustler who is released from a gulag, travels to New York, resumes his trade in Brighton Beach, works in the shadow of powerful Russian mobsters, gets involved with someone linked to a cache of plundered art and has to use whatever wits he has to emerge alive. Deftly written. The ending is ingenious.

About David Rosenbaum

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David Rosenbaum is a veteran journalist and was the editor in chief of the "Boston Herald" for five years. He is the author of "Sasha's Trick," He lives in Boston, Massachusetts.
Published July 1, 1995 by Mysterious Pr. 387 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The murder investigation ties Boris and Sasha to organized crime, plus Maddy realizes that almost everything Sasha has told her was untrue, and still she lies to the police and her editor about her relationship with him--and the location of the mystery box.

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Appropriately enough for a novel with running meditations on the meaning of personal and national identity, at the heart of the story is a confusion between Jewish petty thief Aleksandr Volkavitch Eugenev (the Sasha of the title) and KGB agent Aleksandr Volkov, who could be Sasha's twin.

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