Search Results: "Boris Akunin"


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THE STATE COUNSELLOR by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 4, 2017

"Through every twist and turn, both Akunin and his hero maintain an imperturbable decorum that makes this the most ceremonious tale of terrorism and counterterrorism you're ever likely to read."
Readers who think State Counsellor Erast Petrovich Fandorin has encountered every kind of criminal plot imaginable (He Lover of Death, 2010, etc.) can cheer him as he matches wits with a problem both more traditional and more modern: a cabal of up-to-the-minute terrorists in czarist Russia. Read full book review >

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THE TURKISH GAMBIT by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2005

"Solid historical background and a dryly jaundiced view of the rivalries among military heroes and wannabes don't elevate this period piece or its stock characters to the realm of Fandorin's remarkable retro puzzler Murder on the Leviathan (2004)."
Imperturbable Titular Counselor Erast Petrovich Fandorin hunts a traitor who's undermining Russian efforts against the Ottoman Empire in 1877. Read full book review >

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SISTER PELAGIA AND THE RED COCKEREL  by Boris Akunin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"That revelation is so long in coming, though, that newcomers overwhelmed by the rich feast Akunin spreads here may want to begin with the more modest fare offered in earlier volumes (Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, 2008, etc.)."
The shipboard murder of a man who's both more and less than he seems to be launches Sister Pelagia on her most ambitious case. Read full book review >

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SISTER PELAGIA AND THE WHITE BULLDOG by Boris Akunin
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 30, 2007

"The middling whodunit plays second fiddle to a remarkable achievement: not only to link The Brothers Karamazov to Agatha Christie, but to develop in considerable detail the grounds on which Dostoevsky's tragedy and Christie's escapist puzzles meet."
A Russian nun who could be a cousin of Miss Marple untangles a mystery out of Dostoevsky. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF ACHILLES by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 25, 2006

"This time, however, the author's trademark playfulness is subordinated to a relatively sober account that makes this the most straightforward, even conventional, of Fandorin's adventures."
Collegiate Assessor Erast Petrovich Fandorin meets his match when he investigates the death of a beloved Russian general. Read full book review >

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MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 19, 2008

"The lighthearted opening tale is followed by a grisly sequel whose mutilations, many of them described from both the killer's and the investigator's viewpoints, give Patricia Cornwell a run for her money, though without throwing any definitive light on the real-life horrors that inspired them."
Two novella-length cases for Moscow investigator Erast Petrovich Fandorin, the Governor-General's deputy for special assignments (Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >

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MURDER ON THE LEVIATHAN by Boris Akunin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 4, 2004

"The imperial/aristocratic milieu pays homage to Agatha Christie, the fiendlishly clever Chinese-box plotting to Ellery Queen. Akunin's most distinctive contribution is a tone of dryly amused irony that continues to the last sad line."
This exemplary retro period puzzler, a Russian bestseller, pits two detectives against each other in a race to pick the murderer from a table of first-class passengers aboard a British steamship's maiden voyage. Read full book review >

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NON-FICTION
Released: Aug. 6, 2013

"A smart, savvy portrait of arguably the country's most important publisher."
A thorough study of the gold standard in American literary publishing, complete with sex, sour editors and the occasional stumble into financial success. Read full book review >

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Released: March 10, 1989

A Yugoslav ÇmigrÇ's tendentious but generally absorbing account of his WW II experiences. Read full book review >

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BLUES FOR A BLACK CAT by Boris Vian
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 17, 1992

"As well rendered by Julia Older, this Vian sampler—in its first English translation—is just about a perfect dose for reintroduction of this attractively inconsequential but easy-to- take, classically bohemian figure."
Jazz musician, translator of American hard-boiled detective fiction, librettist, pataphysician, Vian (1920-59) was a sort of anti-Camus: an outlaw, a rebel, a dashingly handsome existentialist cafe-figure, yet also a trickster with the lightest of touches, everything about him made of whimsy and enthusiasm, and hardly a dark shading to be found. Read full book review >

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VISIBILITY by Boris Starling
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: March 1, 2007

"Multi-layered fiction playing skillfully with shades of fact."
Character-driven international spy thriller set during the deep London fog of 1952. Read full book review >

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DON'T LET MY BABY DO RODEO by Boris Fishman
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2016

"A comic novel about parenting infused with emotional intelligence."
The parents of an eccentric adopted child head west to explore his roots and learn a few things about their own. Read full book review >