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5.0 out of 5 stars Erast Petrovich - back to sleuthing, 19 Aug. 2005
This review is from: The Death of Achilles (Hardcover)
Erast Petrovich Fandorin must surely be crowned as the world's greatest detective. Only 26 and yet he has solved some of Russia's most difficult and violent cases, shown valour on the battlefields of Turkey, saved an ocean liner and developed ninja abilities in Japan. Now he is back to tread the mean streets of Moscow in this fourth book.
This is a real page turner. Akunin has forensically developed Fandorin's character over the last four books, and the translations by Andrew Bromfield are humourous and meticulous. The books are being published in an intriguing order, which means that we read about Fandorin's exploits without knowing some of his past history. For example we know he spent time in Japan, following Death on the Leviathan, but have yet to have seen any record of his exploits there.
Fandorin is beautifully crafted, that is one. The cases are difficult, twisted and carefully plotted, that is two. The atmosphere of pre-Soviet Russia, with its formality and rule book, is wonderfully constrictive, that is three.
Overall a brilliant detective novel, which is reinventing the genre and providing new twists and intrigue in a fully realised historically accurate world.
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