The Winter Queen
Moscow, May 1876: What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? Decadence and boredom, most likely, is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks, but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division, Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, to the Alexander Gardens precinct for more information.
Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done—and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin. There are many unresolved questions. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair? And who is the beautiful “A.B.,” whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide’s apartment? Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions.
In this thrilling mystery that brings nineteenth-century Russia to vivid life, Akunin has created one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years.
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A series of detective stories set in Tsarist Russian. There are eleven novels in the series (so far), three (so far) have been translated into English. My main interest in this sort of book is as a ... Read full review
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The originally titled “Azazel” by Boris Akunin is the first book of the series ‘Erast Fandorin Mysteries’. Akunin is an amazing writer. His language is beautiful and the Russian culture is shown very ... Read full review
prospects appear to improve
a very long night 434
discovers that he has a halo around his head
events that transpired on the twentyfifth of June 69
narrative takes a sharp change of direction 489
importance of correct breathing is demonstrated
future is predicted for electricity 249
bids farewell to his youth