By Boris Akunin
In Special Assignments, Erast Fandorin, nineteenth-century Russia’s suavest sleuth, faces bold new foes: One steals outrageous sums of cash, the opposite takes lives. “The Jack of Spades” is a civilized swindler who has conned hundreds of thousands of rubles from Moscow’s residents–including Fandorin’s personal boss, Prince Dolgorukoi. To seize him, Fandorin and his new assistant, timid younger policeman Anisii Tulipov, needs to don virtually as many disguises because the grifter does himself. “The Decorator” is a unique case altogether: A savage serial killer who believes he “cleans” the ladies he mutilates and takes his orders from on excessive, he has to be given Fandorin’s such a lot severe attentions.
Peopled by way of a wealthy solid of eccentric characters, and with plots which are as fantastic as they're artistic, Special Assignments will pride Akunin’s many lovers, whereas difficult the gentleman sleuth’s really good powers of detection.
Praise from England:
“Boris Akunin’s wit and invention are a resource of continuing wonder.”
“[Fandorin is] a debonair blend of Sherlock Holmes, D’Artagnan and lots of the soulful heroes of Russian literature. . . . This pair of completely balanced tales allow the nature of Fandorin to grow.”
–The Sunday Telegraph
“Agatha Christie meets James Bond: [Akunin’s] plots are elaborate and tantalizing. . . . [These tales] are unputdownable and nice fun.”
“The beguiling, super-brainy, horny, unpredictable Fandorin is a production like no different in crime fiction.”
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He put his hands behind his head and gazed round the suite into which they had moved only the previous day in order to cover their tracks - a superb set of apartments, with a boudoir, a drawing room and a study. The gilded moulding was slightly overdone, a little too much in the merchant taste. The apartments in the 'Loskutnaya' had been more elegant, but it been time to move out of there - in a perfectly official manner, of course, doling out generous tips and posing for a sketch artist from the Moscow Observer.
He was already halfway up the stairs. 'Don't fall behind. ' It was only then that Anisii finally realised that there really was something quite extraordinary going on in the Governor's house. If you looked closely, even the exalted doorman had an air that was not so much grand as confused. There were some brisk, rough-looking fellows carrying trunks, boxes and crates with foreign lettering on them into the hallway from the street. Was someone moving then? Tulipov hopped and skipped up the stairs to the Court Counsellor and tried to keep within two paces of him, which meant that at times he had to trot in an undignified manner, because His Honour walked with a long and rapid stride.
Your Excellency, how could I have ... ' asked Fandorin, and Anisii thought he caught the glint of a spark in the Court Counsellor's eyes. 'Why, naturally,' the Prince said with a shrug. ' The Governor knitted his brows as he tried to remember. 'Yes, Speier asked me to sign the speech of welcome for the newly re-opened Catherine the Great Girls' Home. Such sacred work - re-educating juvenile harlots. But I didn't sign any bill of sale! ' 'I think he showed it to the Englishman, said something and put it in a folder.
Special Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin (Erast Fandorin Mysteries) by Boris Akunin