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Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk (Mortalis)by Boris Akunin
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In the middle of the night, a disheveled and badly frightened monk arrives at the doorstep of Bishop Mitrofanii of Zavolzhsk, crying: “Somethings wrong at the Hermitage!” The Hermitage is the centuries-old island monastery of New Ararat, known for its tradition of severely penitent monks, isolated environs, and a mental institution founded by a millionaire in self-imposed exile. Hearing the monks eerie message, Mitrofaniis befuddled but sharp-witted ward Sister Pelagia begs to visit New Ararat and uncover the mystery. Traditions prevail-no women are allowed-and the bishop sends other wards to test their fates against the Black Monk that haunts the once serene locale. But as the Black Monk claims more victims-including Mitrofaniis envoys-Pelagia goes undercover to see exactly what person, or what spirit, is at the bottom of it all.
Fans of Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, the first book in Akunins Pelagia trilogy, will be instantly mesmerized-and frightened-by this latest foray into Zavolzhsks spiritual underworld.
“For all his status as a globe-circling bestseller, Akunin keeps faith in his sleekly engineered and allusive whodunnits with the classical virtues of Russian prose. . . . That polish lends his books a peculiar charm.”
-The Independent (London)
“Readers can hear echoes of Leo Tolstoy, Fyodor Dostoevsky and Anton Chekov in whodunits that, because of their literary overtones, can be guiltlessly consumed as entertainment.”
-Los Angeles Times
"Akunin, best known for his Erast Fandorin series (Special Assignments, etc.), has created another memorable sleuth in Sister Pelagia,a 19th-century Russian nun whose insights into human nature and curiosity will remind many of G.K. Chesterton's Father Brown.In this excellent second installment (after 2007's Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog), Pelagia's superior, Bishop Mitrofanii of Zavolzshsk, dispatches a series of emissaries to investigate the horrifying apparition of a black monk that's haunting the monastery of New Ararat on the shores of the Blue Lake, a locale as creepy as the moors of The Hound of the Baskervilles. When all end up victims of the ghostly figure, Pelagia defies the bishop and travels to the remote community to pursue the case.Readers will savor Akunin's distinctive narrative voice as well as the artful blend of humor and horror with such elements of traditional detective fiction as cleverly concealed clues and numerous false solutions." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
This follow-up to the first book in Akunin's Pelagia trilogy, "Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog," is a mesmerizing--and frightening--foray into Zavolzhsk's spiritual underworld.
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, Akunin published his first detective stories in 1998 and has already become one of the most widely read authors in Russia.
He is the author of eleven Erast Fandorin novels, including The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan, The Death of Achilles, and Special Assignments, available from Random House Trade Paperbacks; and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog and Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, in the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in Moscow.
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