The Death of Achilles

The Death of Achilles

A Novel

Book - 2006
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In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin’s old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev (“Achilles” to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer–“not exactly a courtesan”–known as Wanda. Apparently, in Wanda’s bed, the general secretly breathed his last. . . .

Baker & Taylor
In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow to find his old war-hero friend, General Michel Sobolev, has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack, but Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. Original. 30,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he is staying with his loyal if impertinent manservant, Masa, Fandorin's old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev ("Achilles" to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects unnatural causes. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer - "not exactly a courtesan" - known as Wanda. Apparently, it was in Wanda's bed that the general secretly breathed his last ...

Baker
& Taylor

In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow, in the heart of Mother Russia. His homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin's old war-hero friend General Sobolev ("Achilles" to the crowd) has been found dead, felled in his armchair by an apparent heart attack. But Fandorin suspects an unnatural cause. His suspicions lead him to the boudoir of the beautiful singer--"not exactly a courtesan"--known as Wanda. Apparently it was in Wanda's bed that the general secretly breathed his last.--From publisher description.

Publisher: New York : Random House Trade Paperbacks, c2006
ISBN: 9780812968804
0812968808
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY AKU
Characteristics: 320 p. ;,21 cm.
Additional Contributors: Bromfield, Andrew

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SB2000 May 03, 2011

By far my favourite of the series translated into English so far. Actually it is in the form of two stories rolled into one - it seems strange at first and you might think that something has gone terribly wrong. Not only are the "viewpoints" in each story different but the writing style is completely different too, so it is as if you are reading two completely different novelizations of the same situation. It all works comes to a very satisfying conclusion however.

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AndrewL
Dec 28, 2009

Akunin is a great story teller!
I'd compare him with Conan-Doyle.

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