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Product Details

  • Series: The Turbo Vlost Thrillers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books; First Edition edition (March 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312621906
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312621902
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,441,443 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Duffy's promising debut introduces Turbo Vlost, a gulag survivor who later worked as an undercover man for the KGB until the Soviet Union's breakup. Now living in New York City, Vlost works at finding things for people. A wealthy businessman, Rory Mulholland, hires Vlost off the books to locate his 19-year-old adopted daughter, Eva, who appears to have been kidnapped. In his effort to rescue Eva, Vlost gets hold of a laptop that contains vital business records of the local Russian mob. When he doesn't immediately return the computer, Vlost discovers himself back on familiar ground, negotiating the hard and violent realities of his Russian past. The dialogue is crisp and rings true, and the main character is easy to like and root for. The plot, however, needs a clarity check from time to time, and Duffy needs to learn when to stop writing atmosphere and social commentary and simply let his story move forward. (Apr.)
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Nominated for the 2012 Edgar for Best First Novel by an American Author

"One of the most original protagonists I’ve ever come across — a cross between Arkady Renko and Philip Marlowe: a Russian-born ex-KGB agent living in New York, a private eye with a strong sense of irony and a Russian sense of fatalism.  David Duffy knows his Russia inside and out, but most of all, he knows how to tell a story with flair and elegance.  This is really, really good."
—Joseph Finder, New York Times bestselling author of Vanished and Buried Secrets

"The dialogue is crisp and rings true, and the main character is easy to like and root for."
Publishers Weekly

“A new addition to the line of suspense stars at St. Martin’s, introducing an irresistible character and a very rich milieu—the New York City subculture of Russian émigrés, underworld characters and ruthless new-rich swashbucklers….I’m looking forward to the next one.”
Sullivan County Democrat

“From guns, drugs and espionage we get the full gambit in the fast and furious look within the Russian mob.”
Suspense Magazine

Customer Reviews

I just flew through this book for a second time.
La Gringa Latina
I think we're looking at a classic in the making, and I can't wait for the next installment in the series.
JONATHAN KOPP
The characters are complex and the plot weaves in and out like a jazz set.
P. McCaffrey

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Anne1 on August 15, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Things to be enjoyed in this book - the dialogue is elegant and spare, real and believable. Invisible writing - like the very best. Great action. Interesting characters. Short sentences that have the reader gripped. Humour - both the gentle humour in the dialogue and an individual, dry sense of humour which involves some hilariously questionable puns.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By thomas healy on February 7, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I cannot share the enthusiasm of the other reviewers. I have read a fair share of thrillers and felt the characters, plot, and romantic encounters were cardboard.
The main character,Turbo, is an ex-Cheka or KGB agent who is sensitive because he spent his childhood in the gulak. Yet he acts like a minor league James Bond, saving beautiful women from seedy villains.
If the book were totally worthless I would not have finished it, but I wish somebody would have warned me to avoid it. A much better book with a Soviet backdrop is Child 66 IMHO.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By JAT-CAT on April 4, 2011
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Brilliant!! What a yarn! One of the most interesting and complicated stories I've ever read. Turbo is a delightful character, and I really like Victoria. The story takes place in New York City, but seems to have almost as many Russian characters as War And Peace. But Duffy has the skill to use them well so that the reader gets to know them, follow them, and even understand them enough. I thank him for the minimal use of pronouns too, so the reader doesn't have to look back a few lines to see which character he is writing about. Having lived in NYC, it's fun for me that the story takes place in NYC, since I can visualize all the scenes. (Well proof-read: only one typo.) I really look forward to Turbo's next adventure, for a replay with Victoria, and I'm so glad that Sergei won't be there.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mark P. Sadler VINE VOICE on March 29, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Former KGB operative, Turbo Vlost, landed in New York City running a one-man investigative company, or as he so eloquently states, "No company, just me. I get paid to find things."
He has spent his entire post-KGB career staying away from the two sons of his mentor, the man who rescued him as a teenager from the brutal life of the Soviet Gulag, his surrogate father. The two men he avoided run the Russian mob, one still in Russia and the other in Brighton Beach, NY. Their paths have not crossed in the past twenty years until he discovers that his current client, a man whose daughter appears to have been kidnapped, is also married to Turbo's ex-wife.
As the layers of deceit are peeled back Turbo once again finds himself on the wrong side of his former rival who in turn had also been married to Turbo's ex-wife. When his own son, a young man who Turbo has not seen since early childhood, is threatened to keep him in line Turbo finds himself working with the United States Attorney's office to help bring down his current and once former enemy, while managing to help his current client happy too.
Joining the long line in the popular anti-hero movement Duffy brings us a relentlessly violent look at life, showing the influence wielded in this country by America's former enemies since the cessation of the Cold War and the decline of the Berlin Wall. From guns, drugs and espionage we get the full gambit in the fast and furious look within the Russian mob.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on April 1, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Turbo Vlost grew up rather quickly in the Gulag. He escaped thanks to a surrogate father who brought him into the KGB as a field agent until the Soviet Union collapsed. However his past never left him as his horror memories ended his family life as his wife divorced him and their son remains estranged from him.

Turbo resides in New York City where he earns a modest living locating people and things for clients. His current customer affluent businessman, Rory Mulholland wants Vlost to find his missing adopted teenage daughter Eva. Although he thinks it odd that his client pays him in cash so there is no record in what Rory insists is a kidnapping, Vlost needs the money even if his former wife is married to Mulholland. However, the inquiry turns stranger and potentially deadly when Vlost obtains the business records of the Brooklyn Russian mob run by the biological son of his recently shot Soviet savior.

Vlost makes for a compelling crime caper as his past and present collide when Russia and the Hudson converge. The story line is at its best when the hero faces his adversaries although at times unnecessary explicatory diatribes about social conditions occur. Still Vlost is an intriguing refreshing lead character whose presence means the Russians are not coming as they are already here.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By JONATHAN KOPP on April 18, 2011
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I started reading David Duffy's outstanding debut novel, Last to Fold, on Friday, and I barely put it down before finishing it over the weekend. This is a great, thoroughly enjoyable page turner, and I highly recommend it. A smartly written genre mash-up that's one part old-fashioned gumshoe detective mystery, one part Cold War spy novel, one part modern computer crime thriller, with a good dose of dry wit thrown in, to boot. I'm hooked on Turbo Vlost. I think we're looking at a classic in the making, and I can't wait for the next installment in the series. Bring it on!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Juba Lee on February 24, 2012
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Dufffy would have you believe new york is comprises of thirty people, twenty nine of whom know each other, half of which are Russian. How else to explain the massive course cadences that occur without the protagonist wondering if he lives in a Russian mafia Truman show? And for god's sake, Duffy, "y'all" is plural. And every time you use it to refer to an individual, it makes the character in question more of a stereotype.
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