As much fantasy figure as private eye, perhaps, but Russian author Anna Danilova's YULIYA ZEMTOSA has proven to be quite popular in the former Soviet Union. She works for a large detective agency in a "southern city" run by a man named Krymov, and tools around town, darting between fancy restaurants and the beach, in a spiffy car, hanging out with the beautiful people, chatting on the phone and generally living the high life.
The author has been slammed for not knowing many of the finer points of Russian law (she apparently enjoys the legal authority to carry a gun, arrest people and search people's apartments without their permission -- or a warrant) and her over-the-top adventures (in one, she's captured by the bad guys and forced to compete in a all-female gladitorial fight to the death), but she also offers, as Anthony Alcott points out in Russian Pulp, a surprisingly philosphical bent and concern for the ethics of her chosen profession:
"She no longer saw (her client) as a businessman; as a client. Now there stood before her just a human being, who had appealed to her for help. and she going to take money from him for that. Was that moral?"
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.
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