The work of Dmitry Kosyrev, a.k.a. Master Chen, draws on Kosyrev’s deep interest in Asian history and his experiences living in the region: Master Chen sets his historical espionage detective novels in locations like British Malaya and ancient China. His 2012 novel, The Taster, is set in contemporary Europe and Russia, building on another of Kosyrev’s interests—wine—as it tells the story of a poisoned wine taster. Kosyrev began his career as a journalist and has written, primarily about Asia, for such publications as Pravda, Independent Newspaper, and New Newspaper. He also occasionally writes about wines, food, and cigars.