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Murder on the Leviathan

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Staff Pick

This is the second translated installment of the Detective Fandorin mysteries, equally as engaging as the first, The Winter Queen. Here we have a plot akin to Agatha Christie with an assortment of eccentric suspects all held on a steamship bound to Calcutta. A superb contribution to the genre!
Recommended by Mark, Powell's Books at Cedar Hills Crossing

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Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are found murdered in Littleby’s mansion on the rue de Grenelle, and a priceless Indian shawl is missing. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers only one piece of evidence from the crime scene: a golden key shaped like a whale. Gauche soon deduces that the key is in fact a ticket of passage for the Leviathan, a gigantic steamship soon to depart Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The murderer must be among its passengers.

In Cairo, the ship is boarded by a young Russian diplomat with a shock of white hair—none other than Erast Fandorin, the celebrated detective of Boris Akunin’s The Winter Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to determine which of ten unticketed passengers on the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer.

Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colorful cast of suspects—including a secretive Japanese doctor, a professor who specializes in rare Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss woman, and an English aristocrat with an appetite for collecting Asian treasures—all of whom are con?ned together until the crime is solved. As the Leviathan steams toward Calcutta, will Fandorin be able to out-investigate Gauche and discover who the killer is, even as the ship’s passengers are murdered, one by one?

Already an international sensation, Boris Akunin’s latest page-turner transports the reader back to the glamorous, dangerous past in a richly atmospheric tale of suspense on the high seas.

Review:

"Akunin writes like a hybrid of Caleb Carr, Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters in his second mystery to be published in the U.S., set on the maiden voyage of the British luxury ship Leviathan because a clue suggests that one of the passengers murdered a wealthy British aristocrat, seven servants and two children in his Paris home and stole priceless Indian treasures. The intuitive, methodical Fandorin, who joins the ship at Port Said, soon slyly takes over the investigation and comes up with an eclectic group of suspects, all with secrets to hide, whom Gauche assigns to the same dining room. The company recite humorous or instructive stories that slow down the action but eventually relate to the identification of the killer. Gauche offers at least four solutions to the crimes, but in each case Fandorin debates or debunks his reasoning. The atmospheric historical detail gives depth to the twisting plot, while the ruthless yet poignant arch villain makes up for a cast of mostly cardboard characters. Readers disappointed by the lack of background on Fandorin will find plenty in The Winter Queen. Agent, Linda Michaels at Ltd International. (May 4) FYI: Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, a native of Georgia who has written 10 Erast Fandorin mysteries to date." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)

Review:

"Snappishly witty in Andrew Bromfield's crisp translation, Akunin's dry observations on the moral poverty of the upper classes are drolly set off by his lush descriptions of the material luxuries by which they measure the value of life itself." Marilyn Stasio, The New York Times Book Review

Review:

"[E]xemplary....The imperial/aristocratic milieu pays homage to Agatha Christie, the fiendlishly clever Chinese-box plotting to Ellery Queen. Akunin's most distinctive contribution is a tone of dryly amused irony that continues to the last sad line." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"This is another intelligent and deftly plotted work by...Akunin, perhaps a bit more traditional in approach than The White Queen...but still full of surprises and incisive in its characterization and psychological depth." Library Journal

Review:

"Alongside so many mysteries and thrillers that revolve around grisly violence, Leviathan, with its tony action scenes and overall genteel feel, comes off as a charming and fun read." School Library Journal

About the Author

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9781400060511
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Publisher:
Random House
Translator:
Bromfield, Andrew
Author:
Akunin, Boris
Author:
Akunin, B.
Location:
New York
Subject:
England
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Historical
Subject:
Murder -- Investigation.
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st U.S. ed.
Publication Date:
April 27, 2004
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
9.62x6.40x.88 in. 1.00 lbs.

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Product details 240 pages Random House - English 9781400060511 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

This is the second translated installment of the Detective Fandorin mysteries, equally as engaging as the first, The Winter Queen. Here we have a plot akin to Agatha Christie with an assortment of eccentric suspects all held on a steamship bound to Calcutta. A superb contribution to the genre!

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Akunin writes like a hybrid of Caleb Carr, Agatha Christie and Elizabeth Peters in his second mystery to be published in the U.S., set on the maiden voyage of the British luxury ship Leviathan because a clue suggests that one of the passengers murdered a wealthy British aristocrat, seven servants and two children in his Paris home and stole priceless Indian treasures. The intuitive, methodical Fandorin, who joins the ship at Port Said, soon slyly takes over the investigation and comes up with an eclectic group of suspects, all with secrets to hide, whom Gauche assigns to the same dining room. The company recite humorous or instructive stories that slow down the action but eventually relate to the identification of the killer. Gauche offers at least four solutions to the crimes, but in each case Fandorin debates or debunks his reasoning. The atmospheric historical detail gives depth to the twisting plot, while the ruthless yet poignant arch villain makes up for a cast of mostly cardboard characters. Readers disappointed by the lack of background on Fandorin will find plenty in The Winter Queen. Agent, Linda Michaels at Ltd International. (May 4) FYI: Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, a native of Georgia who has written 10 Erast Fandorin mysteries to date." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Snappishly witty in Andrew Bromfield's crisp translation, Akunin's dry observations on the moral poverty of the upper classes are drolly set off by his lush descriptions of the material luxuries by which they measure the value of life itself."
"Review" by , "[E]xemplary....The imperial/aristocratic milieu pays homage to Agatha Christie, the fiendlishly clever Chinese-box plotting to Ellery Queen. Akunin's most distinctive contribution is a tone of dryly amused irony that continues to the last sad line."
"Review" by , "This is another intelligent and deftly plotted work by...Akunin, perhaps a bit more traditional in approach than The White Queen...but still full of surprises and incisive in its characterization and psychological depth."
"Review" by , "Alongside so many mysteries and thrillers that revolve around grisly violence, Leviathan, with its tony action scenes and overall genteel feel, comes off as a charming and fun read."
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