This book is based on one of the greatest novels ever written. I’d always heard of Crime and Punishment but had never read or watched it. This book was my gateway to the story and it was fabulous. In fact, after reading it, I bought the English Language version as well. This book was a perfect telling of the story in many fewer pages. All the major parts of the plot were covered. I hope to read the full novel in Russian but that is a long way off as the English version was a semi-tough read and would be insane in Russian. That is what makes these books so wonderful. And they build your vocabulary like crazy.