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Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling tale of abduction and intrigue, set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over 18 million copies in Russia alone. He lives in London.
If you like your crime thrillers cosy and nostaligc, then this is for you. * CATHOLIC HERALD * Erast Fandorin lives to fight another day, and for his many aficionados that can only be a good thing * New Statesman * Lively characters and a sinuous plot amply explain why Akunin's Fandorin thrillers have sold in their millions * Financial Times on The State Counsellor * Akunin's brilliance lies in taking the elements of a classic detective story and imbuing them with a poignant emotional complexity * Sunday Times * A novel as crammed with delights as the Tsarina's jewel box * Daily Telegraph *