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In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin's old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev ("Achilles" to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer, "not exactly a courtesan", known as Wanda. Apparently, in Wanda's bed, the general secretly breathed his last.
©1998 Boris Akunin; (P)2006 Books on Tape

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"High-energy." (Booklist)

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Genuine Mystery

Excellent central characters. PartII is astonishingly well managed.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Slow and Mannered

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great Plot and Interesting Characters!

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.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Armen
  • BROOMALL, PA, USA
  • 02-04-08

Excellent

I read mysteries and historical fiction - this is one of the best of both.

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  • Linda
  • PITTSBURGH, PA, United States
  • 09-13-14

Each more excellent than the last

Outstanding! Audible please make the rest of the Erast Fandorin mysteries available. I'm totally hooked.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful