Erast Fandorin - 'A popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond' (The Times)' - returns in the penultimate installment of the hugely popular historical mystery series.
Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine is the toast of Moscow society, a beautiful actress in an infamous theatre troupe. The estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan, her love life is as colourful as the parts she plays: her ex-husband has threatened to kill anyone who courts her.
He appears to be making good on his promise.
Fandorin is contacted by concerned friend - the widowed wife of Chekhov - who asks him to investigate an alarming incident involving Eliza. But when he watches Eliza on stage for the first time, he falls desperately in love . . . Can he solve the case - and win over Eliza - without attracting the attentions of the murderer he is trying to find?
Akunin is a sensation. He has created a popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond . . . Akunin's finest creation and the star of his titles is Erast Fandorin - genius, gentleman, polyglot, kickboxer, and all-round inordinately lucky bloke - THE TIMES
Erast Petrovich Fandorin is a man with lightning-fast reactions, a probing analytical mind and a great arsenal of concealed weaponry . . . there is plenty of the stuff you want from detective fiction . . . Akunin is a fine novelist as well - DAILY TELEGRAPH
A winning combination of crime fiction and adventure story, as if Flashman were frisking through a tale by Dostoevsky - INDEPENDENT on THE DEATH OF ACHILLES
The most playful, ingenious historical thriller series in modern publishing - GUARDIAN
Akunin's work is gloriously tongue-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time - DAILY EXPRESS
Akunin is a sensation. He has created a popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond - THE TIMES