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ERAST FANDORIN

Boris Akunin (Akounine)

  • Original Title: ERAST FANDORIN
  • Publication date: December 1998
  • Publisher: Zakharov
  • Country: RU
  • 222 print pages
  • Crime fiction/Detective novel

Information

  • Epoch: Historical
  • Time Period: 19th century, 20th century
  • Location setting: Russia
  • Themes: PEOPLE facing life, Surpassing oneself, Search for the truth, PEOPLE facing the extraordinary, Rivalry, Conspiracy, SOCIETY DYSFUNCTIONS, Terrorism, Death, War and other conflicts

Pitch

May 1876 in Moscow: What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? Our hero, Erast Fandorin, is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case.

Comments

Translation rights sold: Bulgaria, Estonia, Poland, UK, Serbia, France, Hungary.

NOT SAYING GOODBYE is the final novel in this internationally bestselling series.

Book 11, Весь мир театр (All the World's a Stage) is shortlisted for the 2018 British Council and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) literature prize.

Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his ERAST FANDORIN books have sold over eighteen million copies in Russia alone as well as being translated into some thirty languages, including English. Akunin won the Antibooker prize for THE CORONATION and was named Russian Writer of the Year in 2000.

Summary

Book 1: AZAZEL (THE WINTER QUEEN)

Moscow, May 1876: What would cause a talented young student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public in the Alexander Gardens? Decadence and boredom, most likely, is what the commander of the Criminal Investigation Division of the Moscow Police thinks, but still he finds it curious enough to send the newest member of the division, Erast Fandorin, a young man of irresistible charm, to the Alexander Gardens precinct for more information.

Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done - and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin. There are many unresolved questions. Why, for instance, have both victims left their fortunes to an orphanage run by the English Lady Astair? And who is the beautiful "A.B.," whose signed photograph is found in the apparent suicide's apartment? Relying on his keen intuition, the eager sleuth plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the deadly center of a terrorist conspiracy of worldwide proportions.

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  • Author’s biography

    Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his ERAST FANDORIN books have sold over eighteen million copies in Russia alone as well as being translated into some thirty languages, including English. Akunin won the Antibooker prize for THE CORONATION and was named Russian Writer of the Year in 2000.