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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.
©1998 Boris Akunin; (P)2006 Books on Tape
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4 out of 5 stars
By Angus Davis on 05-04-07

Genuine Mystery

Excellent central characters. PartII is astonishingly well managed.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Lehua of Pacifica on 07-13-16

Slow and Mannered

Even though I got too bored to finish this one, I'm giving it at least a 3 because I suspect that those who like this genre (vintage-era mystery in the Orient) will enjoy this one very much. It was very slow paced and mannered, like a minuet, but it was also literate and ornately detailed, with good narration.

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