©1998 Boris Akunin; (P)2006 Books on Tape
Even though I got too bored to finish this one, I'm giving it at least a 3 because I suspect that those who like this genre (vintage-era mystery in the Orient) will enjoy this one very much. It was very slow paced and mannered, like a minuet, but it was also literate and ornately detailed, with good narration.
Outstanding! Audible please make the rest of the Erast Fandorin mysteries available. I'm totally hooked.
I loved this book. Book held my attention all the way through.
Excellent cast of characters. They range from villains to Russian royalty. For Example: Diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns from Japan with a man Japanesse servant. Fandorin incorporates Japanese techniques for concentration, exercises and fighting.
This is my first book by Russian author Boris Akunin. I am very impressed by the depth of the story. I will read more stories by this author.
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