The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Series #1)

The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Series #1)

by Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield
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The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Series #1) by Boris Akunin

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.

In this thrilling mystery that brings nineteenth-century Russia to vivid life, Akunin has created one of the most eagerly anticipated novels in years.


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781588363688
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 03/09/2004
Series: Erast Fandorin Series , #1
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 264
Sales rank: 150,379
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the republic of Georgia in 1956; he is a philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese. He published his first detective stories in 1998 and in a very short time has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He has written nine Erast Fandorin novels to date, and is working on two other series as well. Akunin enjoys almost legendary popularity in Russia. He lives in Moscow.

Andrew Bromfield was born in Hull in Yorkshire, England. He has lived in Moscow for long periods, where he co-founded and edited the literary journal Glas, and now lives and works in rural Surrey. He is best known for his acclaimed translations of the stories and novels of Victor Pelevin, including The Life of Insects, Buddha’s Little Finger, and Homo Zapiens.



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Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Series #1) 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Julia-Sky More than 1 year ago
Great story full of events like suicide, murder etc. This book will make you wonder "who did this/who did that?" till the last page. B. Akunin did a good job in his first "Fandorin mystery".
Guest More than 1 year ago
Well done, but Akunin does not need an American to tell him that. Millions of Russians already know that Akunin (albeit a pen name) is heir to Pushkin, Chekov, Tolstoy, Bulgakov, and all the other Russki masters. Excellent translation, far from a trivial task to get sharp yet subtle Russian into sharp yet subtle English.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book in one sitting I couldn't set it down it just kept twisting and turning. It has a very unexpected ending and I can not wait to read the next book in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
beautiful writing. highly recommended, though the final solution is a tiny bit of a stretch
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