Zugzwang - Ronan Bennett I might have enjoyed this more if I had an inkling of Russian politics. The situation isn't adequately described. The main protagonists aren't identified other than by name. It was almost impossible to figure out who was who and why things were happening. And throw in the whole chess thing (chess is beyond my scope of understanding so the boards and moves described in the book were pointless to me) and I was totally clueless.

The events didn't happen in sequence which is very confusing. For instance at one point, two rough men with guns enter Otto's office after hours. And the next sentence starts Two weeks ago and contains totally different characters. It took a little getting used to. Not a bad book but hard to understand. Though it did have a few surprises and some great betrayals.