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Death of Achilles is a homage to Inspector Clouseau, with a servant who is not unlike the hapless Cato... Tremendous sales in Phoenix paperback - over 150,000 sold so far...and still going 'This fourth book in Akunin's series of detective novels starring dashing hero Erast Fandorin will not disappoint fans of the first three, or indeed any connoisseur of detective fiction...a witty, rip-roaring thrill-fest' Time Out 'Akunin is a sensation. He has created a popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond...Akunin's finest creation and the star of his titles is Erast Fandorin - genius, gentleman, polyglot, kickboxer, and all-round inordinately lucky bloke' The Times 'With The Death of Achilles, the hilarious and dashing Erast Fandorin, Akunin's debonair Russian Sherlock Holmes, just seems to get better and better Sunday Express
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over ten million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow.
Set in 1882, Russian author Akunin's fourth novel to feature Erast Petrovich Fandorin (after 2005's The Turkish Gambit) consists of two parts that read like different books. In part one, the 26-year-old special agent comes to Moscow to investigate the sudden demise of national hero Gen. Mikhail Sobolev, who dies in the bed of an alluring courtesan. Fandorin learns of Sobolev's plan for a coup and of a missing suitcase full of a million rubles to fund it. The trail of the missing suitcase leads to the dangerous Khitrovka slums and then to Pyotr Khurtinsky, the scheming head of the secret section of the governor-general's chancellery. One step ahead of Fandorin is the mysterious Klonov, an assassin who may have once tried to kill our hero. As Fandorin closes in on Klonov, the narrative jumps to a retelling of the assassin's life. This shift brings a welcome change of storytelling, from the often stiff, theatrical language of the first section to a more natural, unembellished style. An exciting resolution only partly offsets this incongruity. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
'The fourth Fandorin adventure is a delight. How wonderful to think there are seven more waiting to be translated.' EVENING STANDARD (14.8.06) '[a] hugely entertaining, cunningly plotted novel.' SUNDAY TIMES (27.8.06) 'The fourth Fandorin adventure is a delight. How wonderful to think there are seven more waiting to be translated.' THE SCOTSMAN (23.9.06)