Gleb Kalashnikov is a rich casino owner who has mastered the art of making as many enemies as possible. He was an infamous skirt chaser, and never walked away from a shady deal. His club is controlled by a mafioso known throughout the city, but the Caucasian mafia has let its eye fall on the profitable club as well.
When he is shot down one night in front of his house in Moscow, the police first think that it is a contract killing, but then suspicion falls on Olga, Gleb’s lover. Apparently she could not stand it that he would not divorce his wife Katya. Then there is a second murder while Olga is in custody. Sveta, the masseuse, has been found strangled. Just before she was found she had made an appointment with Katya to tell her who the real murderer is.
Katya Orlova did not have the best of husbands. Although she is an attractive prima ballerina, Gleb was constantly deceiving her with other women. As a rich casino owner and the son of a famous actor, Gleb had entrance to the highest, but also to the shadiest social circles of Moscow. One evening, after he had picked up Katya from her theater, Gleb is shot in front of his house. The cops quickly come up with a suspect: the quiet, bashful Olga, Gleb’s lover. They found the murder weapon at her house. Nevertheless, Katya begins to doubt the guilt of the young woman, becoming convinced of her innocence when a second murder occurs.
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“In Kalashnikov’s Club, Polina Dashnikova tells the tale of the murder of a rich Moscow theater owner in her usual high literary style.” (die tageszeitung)