Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling tale of abduction and intrigue, set during the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Conan Doyle and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over 18 million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow.
Fandorin is there to provide the solution, rescue the missing child and - in common with the reader - have a lot of fun. - The Times.Erast Petrovich lives to fight another day and for his many aficionados that can only be a good thing. - New Statesman.Akunin's brilliance lies in taking the elements of a classic detective story and imbuing them with a poignant emotional complexity. - Sunday Times.A novel as crammed with delights as the Tsarina's jewel box. - Daily Telegraph.