The Death of Achilles: A Novel

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Random House Trade Paperbacks, 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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User Review  - polarbear123 - LibraryThing

Ok I agree with some of the reviews- it is not the best Akunin, but he is still trying our various narrative devices and it is still a cut above the average thriller. Read it but not as your first ... Read full review

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User Review  - mojacobs - LibraryThing

I was disappointed by this book: I found it very hard going, not because it is difficult reading, but frankly, I could not care less what happened next... You get very little historical background ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
18
Section 3
28
Section 4
36
Section 5
52
Section 6
67
Section 7
86
Section 8
110
Section 12
159
Section 13
183
Section 14
198
Section 15
212
Section 16
231
Section 17
305
Section 18
316
Section 19
321

Section 9
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Section 10
134
Section 11
145
Section 20
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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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