The Death of Achilles

The Death of Achilles

A Novel

Book - 2005
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International intrigue, professional rivalry, the criminal underworld of nineteenth-century Moscow, and an irresistible femme fatale: if Erast Fandorin was hoping for a quiet homecoming, he is about to be disappointed.
Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow after an absence of six years, only to find himself instantly embroiled in court politics and scandal. His old friend General Sobolev - the famous 'Russian Achilles' - has been found dead in a hotel room, and Fandorin suspects foul play.
Using his now-famous powers of detection - powers that belie his twenty-six years - Fandorin embarks on an investigation, during which the political and the personal may become dangerously blurred. With the assistance of some formidable martial arts skills, acquired whilst Fandorin was in Japan, our eccentric and ingenious hero must endeavour to discover not so much whodunit, as why ...

Publisher: London, Eng. : Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2005, c1998.
ISBN: 9780297645535
0297645536
Characteristics: 330 p. ;,23 cm.

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SB2000 May 03, 2011

By far my favourite of the series translated into English so far. Actually it is in the form of two stories rolled into one - it seems strange at first and you might think that something has gone terribly wrong. Not only are the "viewpoints" in each story different but the writing style is completely different too, so it is as if you are reading two completely different novelizations of the same situation. It all works comes to a very satisfying conclusion however.

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AndrewL
Dec 28, 2009

Akunin is a great story teller!
I'd compare him with Conan-Doyle.

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