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The Death of Achilles: A Novel

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Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Akunin's] novels feature a Slavic Sherlock Holmes who speaks Japanese and English, is skilled at martial arts and has ladykiller good looks. . . . Millions of readers have been seduced.

-The Wall Street Journal

Akunin] writes gloriously pre-Soviet prose, sophisticated and suffused in Slavic melancholy and thoroughly worthy of nineteenth-century forebears like Gogol and Chekhov.

-Time

Critics on both sides of the Atlantic have praised Akunin's] clever plots, vivid characters and wit as sharp as the sword hidden in Fandorin's walking stick.

-Baltimore Sun

Akunin’s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted.

-The Providence Journal

From the Trade Paperback edition.

Synopsis:

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. . . .

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:
9781588365354
Subtitle:
A Novel
Publisher:
Random House Trade Paperbacks
Author:
Akunin, Boris
Author:
Bromfield, Andrew
Subject:
Fiction-Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Fiction : Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Russia
Subject:
Social life and customs
Subject:
History
Subject:
19th century
Subject:
Detective and mystery stories
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Mystery-A to Z
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20060418
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
320

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Product details 320 pages Random House Trade Paperbacks - English 9781588365354 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , 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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