He Lover of Death : An Erast Fandorin Mystery Paperback
by Boris Akunin
Akunin goes noir as Fandorin meets bandits! Senka Skorikov, orphan and urchin, has been abandoned to the murky world of Moscow's gangster district.
While picking a pocket or two, he glimpses the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, and joins the gang of her overlord lover, The Prince, so desperate he is to meet her.
Senka climbs the criminal ranks, uncovering a stash of precious metal, and gradually capturing the heart of his beloved Death - so named for the life expectancy of her lovers.
But as the bandit community balks at his success on both fronts, threats on his life begin to pour in .
A dandy and his 'Chinese' sidekick seem to be taking an inordinate interest in Senka's welfare, and it becomes clear that those threatening Senka are linked to a spate of murders, grizzly even by underworld standards.
Fandorin must unweave a tangled web of narcotics, false identities and organised crime - but can he survive an encounter with the ever-alluring Death unscathed?
Find out in the darkest Fandorin to date!
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 336 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/01/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780753828069
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Review by polarbear123
An interesting slight twist on your average turn of the twentieth century russian detective novel set in Moscow. The detective doesn't appear for a while as you really see the story through the eyes of the street urching Senka. I haven't read any of the other books in the series so I don't know what the detective Fandorin is normally like but he was described at all times by Senka so presumably in other books he may seem quite different. Ok so the story wasn't surprising, neither was it wholly predictable. It was definitely original enough and engaging enough to make me want to read more in the series.