Oleg Agranyants - Russian writer who emigrated to America, a former employee of the Soviet Foreign Ministry and US federal agencies, is known to readers for a series of ironic detective stories - the trilogy "In Search of Mephistopheles." On the advice of Maupassant, he decided not to abuse the reader's patience and not to write mossy memoirs, but to tell the world funny and funny stories that the author's biography abounds in. About how Akhmatova read her poems and listened to Vertinsky's advice on how to treat ladies. About how Yuri Gagarin taught him to deceive his wife, and the future antihero Beslan Dzasokhov ran on ladies' toilets. About how on a tropical island was engaged in activities "incompatible with diplomatic status." About how, during a conversation with the director of the CIA, he tried to understand whether Gorbachev was a spy. These stories are not about business, not about ideas, but about living people. Sometimes - funny to anecdotal, sometimes - sad. But thanks to the undoubted literary talent of the author and the rich life experience will not leave indifferent readers not without intelligence.