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Top 40 Book Club : December 2009
9 DOCUMENT Z ANDREW CROOME Mrs Petrov's red shoe lying abandoned on the tarmac of Mascot airport has become an iconic image in the Petrov Affair -- a dramatic part of Australia's Cold War history. This Australian/Vogel award winning novel starts with Mrs Petrov's flight. The book then back- tracks, dissecting three years in the life of the Petrovs, whose espionage and surveillance work for the Soviet MVD (Ministry of Internal Affairs) provide an exciting counterpoint to their dreary 1950s Canberra suburban experience. As a spy thriller this is a great read, but it is also a thoughtful commentary on freedom and personal choice and its consequences. 'a thoughtful commentary on freedom and personal choice and its consequences'