The Death of Achilles by Boris Akunin
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The Death of Achilles Summary
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. . . .
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"An exciting resolution only partly offsets this incongruity (that the novel consists of two parts that read like two separate books)." - Publishers Weekly
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Boris Akunin Author Biography
Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the republic of Georgia in 1956; he is a philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese. He published his first detective stories in 1998 and in a very short time has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. Akunin enjoys almost legendary popularity in Russia. He lives in Moscow where he writes both his Erast Fandorin series and the newer Sister Pelagia series.
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