Last week was one of running around after two weeks away in Boston and Korea. This one coming is trying to get myself sorted for a week in Russia. I've managed to line up two books to take: Martin Cruz Smith's Polar Star and R.N. Morris' The Gentle Axe, the first set in the 1980s and the latter in 1866. I wanted to find one set in contemporary Russia that wasn't some kind of political/spy thriller, but didn't manage to come across one, though I'd still be interested in recommendations.