My favorite series is the Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov police procedurals set in Moscow. There are sixteen books in the series, covering life in that city between 1981 and 2010 and the perils inherent in living in the Soviet Union and then in the capital city of one of the members of the Russian Federation. Rostnikov is a body-builder, married and the father of a son. He takes upon himself the responsibility of keeping all the plumbing in his building in working order. He loves plumbing because all the pipes make sense in their relation to the whole.
It isn’t necessary to read the books in order but it does help with character development as the readers see changes.
DEATH OF A DISSIDENT HARD CURRENCY
BLACK KNIGHT IN RED SQUARE BLOOD AND RUBLES
RED CHAMELEON TARNISHED ICONS
A FINE RED RAIN THE DOG WHO BIT A POLICEMAN
A COLD RED SUNRISE FALL OF A COSMONAUT
THE MAN WHO WALKED LIKE A BEAR A WHISPER TO THE LIVING
ROSTNIKOV’S VACATION MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS
DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST THE PEOPLE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS