The latest novel in Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin Mysteries - an action-packed mystery in which the stakes are far higher than ever before.
The latest book in the internationally bestselling Erast Fandorin Mysteries series
When the Tzar's head of security is assassinated, Erast Fandorin is called to investigate: the killer has been overheard mentioning a 'black city' so Fandorin and his trusty companion, Masa, head to Baku, the burgeoning Russian capital of oil.
But from the moment they arrive in the city, they realise someone is watching their every move, and they will stop at nothing to derail their investigation.
With war brewing in the Balkans, Fandorin must try and solve his most difficult case yet - before time runs out.
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 . . . 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
The most playful, ingenious historical thriller series in modern publishing - GUARDIAN
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
Akunin is a sensation. He has created a popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond - THE TIMES