The death of Achilles: a novel

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, Apr 18, 2006 - Fiction - 320 pages
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In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin’s old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev (“Achilles” to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer–“not exactly a courtesan”–known as Wanda. Apparently, in Wanda’s bed, the general secretly breathed his last. . . .

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Review: The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #4)

User Review  - George - Goodreads

#4 in the Russian written mystery series featuring Erast Fandorin. After 6 years of foreign travel, Fandorin returns to Moscow in 1882, and finds himself involved in in solving the seemingly natural ... Read full review

Review: The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #4)

User Review  - Jane - Goodreads

I really liked this one when I read it years ago. Upon rereading, I found it a slog, until about 1/3 to 1/2 through, when it did pick up and become exciting. This is the fourth of the Erast Fandorin ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

BORIS AKUNIN is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, he published his first detective stories in 1998 and quickly became one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He has written ten Erast Fandorin novels to date, which have sold more than eight million copies in Russia and been translated into nearly two dozen languages. He lives in Moscow.

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