The Death of Achilles In the fourth Erast Fandorin novel, The Death of Achilles , set in 1882, the ninja-trained diplomat/detective returns from Japan to Moscow, up-to-date with electricity… The Death of Achilles In the fourth Erast Fandorin novel, The Death of Achilles , set in 1882, the ninja-trained diplomat/detective returns from Japan to Moscow, up-to-date with electricity… 2006-04-18 Fiction Mystery and Thriller Random House
Book Review

The Death of Achilles (2006)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Apr 18, 2006; Genres: Fiction, Mystery and Thriller; Publisher: Random House

In the fourth Erast Fandorin novel, The Death of Achilles, set in 1882, the ninja-trained diplomat/detective returns from Japan to Moscow, up-to-date with electricity and phones, yet mired in corruption. When friend Michel ''Achilles'' Sobolev, a war hero, dies unheroically — in a German songstress' boudoir — the sleuth must out-maneuver conniving higher-ups and descend into an underworld bristling with foppish safe-crackers and a vice den called the Hard Labor. Boris Akunin's witty, flavorful whodunit gains gravitas in a fine, near-Dostoyevskian portrait of Fandorin's quarry, a pale-eyed Chechen assassin as icily captivating as Hannibal Lecter.

Originally posted Apr 14, 2006 Published in issue #873 Apr 21, 2006 Order article reprints
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