Alexei Bayer, a Russian-born economist, fiction writer, and translator, will present “Post-Soviet Crime Fiction: A Genre in Search of Identity” on Mar. 29 at 5:30 p.m. in Stokes Hall, South, Room S209. He will discuss the development of the crime novel into a literary genre in the post-Soviet era. Bayer, who earned degrees from Columbia University and the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, has worked as an economist, writing on Russian economics, politics, and political economy. Since the early 1990s, he has been writing fiction, including Eurotrash, a collection of story stories, and a series of detective novels set in 1960s Moscow: Murder at the Dacha, Latchkey Murders, and Murder and the Muse. His writing has also been published in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Salamander and other journals. Sponsor: Heinz Bluhm Memorial Lecture Series.