- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: W&N (23 Sept. 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0297860631
- ISBN-13: 978-0297860631
- Product Dimensions: 14.5 x 2.5 x 22.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 755,935 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
He Lover of Death: An Erast Fandorin Mystery (Erast Fandorin 9) Hardcover – 23 Sep 2010
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Fandorin must unweave a tangled web of narcotics, false identities and organised crime - but can he survive an encounter with the ever-alluring Death unscathed? (DEADLY PLEASURES Summer 2010 issue 62)
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Erast Petrovich Fandorin meanwhile is still persona non grata in Moscow, but his investigative abilities are needed more than ever, as there is a brutal murderer operating in the thieves' quarter and red-light district of Khritrovka, a ruthless killer who leaves no living being at the scene of his crimes, a killer perhaps even more dangerous than the Decorator. Fandorin believes that the killer may be looking for young Senka Skorikov, who has somehow stumbled onto a great treasure in the underground caves of the district.
He-Lover of Death takes a long time to get to the main story, spending much of the first half of the novel detailing the colourful background of Senka's childhood as an orphan and his adventures being initiated into the criminal gangs of Khritrovka, and eventually into the company of Death herself. While it's frustrating to have to wait so long for Fandorin's entrance into the storyline, there is a lot of entertainment here, much of it coming from Massa's physical and sentimental education of Senka. The subsequent developments of the case then roll smoothly along the rails laid out in the first half, with all the characteristic efficiency of a Fandorin investigation, or indeed any Akunin novel.
Akunin's series is nothing like this at all. It is one of the few series of books I have read where novel after novel the series gets better and better.
He Lover of Death is just as good if not better than any of his previous works. The story is well constructed and engaging, the characters are interesting and readable and the mystery whilst taking its time to become apparent is a good read. Another positive point for this book is the continued development of the main characters of Fandorin and Masa, you find out and read a lot more about Masa in this book which was a pleasure as previously he seems to be a comic sidekick at times now he is becoming more of a mainstream character into the series.
All I can say is if you are a fan of the series buy this book, if you have never read the Fandorin series before I heartily recommend it to you!
What on earth is a collidor? Or a devolvert? Lots of typos too.
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I do not fail to be amused and engrossed by these stories. Highly recommended! I cannot wait to read the next book.Published 8 months ago by s
Murders, buried treasures, child thieves, charismatic bandits and a literal femme fatale... The ever excelling Erast Petrovich Fandorin returns to Moscow in his most entertaining... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Jonathan Weil
I've read all the Erast Fandorin mysteries to date and this one does not disappoint, typically amusing and edge of seat actionPublished 23 months ago by Mrs Anita Tonks
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