The State Counsellor: A Fandorin Mystery

Category: Book
By (author): Akunin, Boris
Translated By: Bromfield, Andrew
Series: Fandorin Mystery
Subject:  FICTION / General
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Historical
  FICTION / Mystery & Detective / International Mystery & Crime
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic
Published: July 2017
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 304
Size: 9.00in x 6.00in
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From The Publisher*Since the publication ofThe Winter Queen, aNew York Times Notable Book and the first mystery featuring Erast Fandorin, Boris Akunin's historical mystery series has become a worldwide sensation, selling millions of copies and propelling Akunin into the ranks of Russia's most widely read contemporary novelists. The first new Fandorin novel available to an American audience in a decade,The State Counsellor tests the handsome diplomat-detective's guile and integrity like no mystery before. Russia, 1891. The new governor-general of Siberia has been secreted away on a train from St. Petersburg to Moscow. A blizzard rages outside as a mustachioed official climbs aboard near the city; with his trademark stutter, he introduces himself as State Counsellor Erast Fandorin. He then thrusts a dagger inscribed with the initials CG into the governor-general's heart and, tearing off his mustache, escapes out the carriage window. The head of the Department of Security soon shows up at thereal Fandorin's door and arrests him for murder. The only way to save his reputation is to find CG-and the government mole who is feeding the group information. Can Fandorin survive corruption among his fellow officials, the fearlessness of an unknown enemy, and the advances of a sultry young nihilist with his morals intact?The State Counsellor is a colorful entertainer from a master of the sly historical romp.
Review Quote*Praise forThe State Counsellor: Brimming with adventure and extraordinary vitality, a sweeping journey through a unique time and place, yet with a humanity that touches us all."-Anne Perry, bestselling author ofRevenge in a Cold River "InThe State Counsellor, Boris Akunin has drawn a richly detailed picture of tsarist Russia, populated it with complex, intriguing characters, and set into motion an intricate, engaging plot. He is a masterful storyteller; this compelling tale is nothing short of superb."-Tasha Alexander, bestselling author ofA Terrible Beauty: A Lady Emily Mystery "Fandorin delights with his silken ironies and smart manoeuvres ... This latest case shows a crime star of all the Russias still blazing bright."-Independent (UK) Praise for Boris Akunin and the Fandorin mystery series: 'A wondrous strange and appealing novel ... Elaborate, intricate, profoundly czarist, and Russian to its bones, as though Tolstoy had sat down to write a murder mystery. Not quite like anything you've ever read before.'-Alan Furst, onThe Winter Queen "Delightful romps through a stylized late nineteenth century."-New Yorker 'The Russian Ian Fleming ... Akunin's accomplished writing is a treat.'-Ruth Rendell, onThe Winter Queen "If Pushkin had tried his hand at detective fiction, it might have turned out something like this . . A saucy and insouciant tale of derringers and derring-do."-New York Times Book Review, onThe Winter Queen '[Akunin's] novels feature a Slavic Sherlock Holmes who speaks Japanese and English, is skilled at martial arts and has ladykiller good looks... . Millions of readers have been seduced.'-Wall Street Journal, onThe Death of Achilles "Akunin writes like a hybrid of Caleb Carr, Agatha Christie, and Elizabeth Peters."-Publishers Weekly, onMurder on the Leviathan "
Biographical NoteBoris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the Republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, Akunin published his first detective novel in 1998 and has gone on to become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He is the author of the Erast Fandorin novels, includingThe Winter Queen, and the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in Moscow.