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He Lover of Death: An Erast Fandorin Mystery [Paperback]

Boris Akunin , Andrew Bromfield
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27 Oct 2011

Senka Skorikov, orphan and urchin, has been abandoned to the murky world of Moscow's gangster district. While picking a pocket or two, he glimpses the most beautiful woman he has ever seen, and joins the gang of her overlord lover, The Prince, so desperate he is to meet her. Senka climbs the criminal ranks, uncovering a stash of precious metal, and gradually capturing the heart of his beloved Death - so named for the life expectancy of her lovers. But as the bandit community balks at his success on both fronts, threats on his life begin to pour in .

A dandy and his 'Chinese' sidekick seem to be taking an inordinate interest in Senka's welfare, and it becomes clear that those threatening Senka are linked to a spate of murders, grizzly even by underworld standards. 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? Find out in the darkest Fandorin to date!

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  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Phoenix (27 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0753828065
  • ISBN-13: 978-0753828069
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 45,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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He writes a cracking good story, full of vivid and interesting characters, and the pace never flags for a moment. (Joanna Hines GUARDIAN)

Speedy is a marvellous creation, and Fandorin suitably opaque; the gangsters are variously grim and the aptly named femme fatale is a tidy piece of work. (James Urquhart FINANCIAL TIMES 2011-11-19)

A brilliant and witty discovery! (TELEGRAPH & ARGUS)

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Akunin goes noir as Fandorin meets bandits!

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4.0 out of 5 stars Death in Moscow 15 Sep 2010
By Keris Nine TOP 500 REVIEWER
The companion volume to She-Lover of Death - although both novels function completely standalone but for a few minor cross-references - He-Lover of Death focuses on another young innocent individual with a fascination for Death. In this case however, Death is the name by which a beautiful young woman is known, a consort of the Prince, the leader of most notorious and ruthless gang of criminals in the Khritrovka district of Moscow, while the young man in the thrall of this deadly femme fatale is merely a common street thief, Senka Skorikov.

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding 21 Oct 2010
I noticed this author years ago through an article in the Times and picked up the Winter Queen a few weeks after release. What a fantastic book and whilst I have found that when authors write a long series of books the quality can degrade as many books seem to be published as "fillers" to keep the money coming in rather than writing the book through any desire to do so.

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!

Fantastic read.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars After all, he is still Erast Fandorin... 3 Jan 2011
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The companion volume to the 'She Lover of Death' (whose events are apparently simultaneous), this Fandorin adventure is too clever by half: stylish, for sure, but often overdone in the alternating narrative between an authorial voice and that of Speedy Senka. His rapid rise from Khitrovkan ruffian to Fandorin's assistant is amusing if incredible, and gives ample opportunity for Akunin to show he can do the bourgeoisie as well as the aristocracy and the criminal underclasses. Huge on atmosphere, but the story makes little sense, a central metaphor that doesn't sustain and whatever the satisfying justice of the denoument, it is no match for the demands created by the way tensions are built. However, it is a marked improvement on the last outing, and one still wishes to have both the reserve and the insight of Erast Petrovich!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In the Fandorin tradition 20 July 2013
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This is a great 'who dun it' accompanying 'She lover of death', which I'd recommend before reading this one- there's an allusion to it here. Intelligent writing, page turning excitement. Fab holiday read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worth Reading 15 July 2013
By Mike T
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What Boris Akunin book isn't worth reading? It's ok. I enjoyed it, but couldn't wait to get on to the Diamond Chariot, the best Fandorin book yet.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good fun but some annoying typos 3 Nov 2012
Really enjoyed this different angle to watching Erast Petrovich at work. However, it is always irritating to see editorial errors, more so in a book by an established author with a big publisher. Spoils the suspension of disbelief somewhat and bumps you back to the reality that it is just words on a page.
What on earth is a collidor? Or a devolvert? Lots of typos too.
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