Erast Fandorin returns in another thrilling Russian crime caper, from the bestselling author of THE WINTER QUEEN.The Russo-Turkish war is at a critical juncture, and Erast Fandorin, broken-hearted and disillusioned, has gone to the front in an attempt to forget his sorrows.
But Fandorin's efforts to steer clear of trouble are thwarted when he comes to the aid of Varvara Suvorova - a 'progressive' Russian woman trying to make her way to the Russian headquarters to join her fiance.Within days, Varvara's fiance has been accused of treason, a Turkish victory looms on the horizon, and there are rumours of a Turkish spy hiding within their own camp.
Our reluctant gentleman sleuth will need to resurrect all of his dormant powers of detection if he is to unmask the traitor, help the Russians to victory and smooth the path of young love.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Orion Publishing Co
- Publication Date: 01/10/2005
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780753819999
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Review by polarbear123
Akunin is a highly talented writer. He manages to come up with new ideas and new ways of representing the crime thriller. I admire the way he is able to give us different viewpoints of the main detective as we look at him in some books through his own eyes and in others through the eyes of seemingly relatively inconsequential characters. Here we learn about the Russo-Turkish war towards the end of the 19th century and hinting at the troubles lying ahead in Europe at the beginning of the 20th century. The story harks back to the unsolved mysteries of the Winter Queen but here we have a more mature and worldy wise Fandorin. The machinations of the European mpowers come into play here and although we are caught up in the detective catching criminal meat and drink of a crime thriller, the real dram here lies in the politics beteen nations. Truly absorbing and a masterclass in how to write a thriller, as all Akunin novels seem to be so far!