Can Fandorin infiltrate a secret society to save Moscow's youth? A dark and decadent detective story from the master of Russian crime fiction.
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 18 million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow.
Boris Akunin shows how it should be done ... an absurdly
imaginative story, surreal and comic ... irresistible * The Times
Fandorin is an impossibly heroic figure ... irresistible * The Times *
The beguiling, super-brainy, sexy, unpredictable Fandorin is a creation like no other in crime fiction * The Times *
Extraordinarily readable, full of incident and excitement, swift-moving and told with a sparkling light-heartedness which is impossible to resist * Evening Standard *
Akunin's novels are a fasciating mixture of pathos and pastiche; his characters are larger than life but never absurd...as ingenious as the earlier Fandorin novels and full of clever and unexpected twists. * SUNDAY TIMES *
An unpredictable, swift-moving and imaginative piece of crime fiction. * TIMES *