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The State Counsellor - (Fandorin Mystries) by Boris Akunin (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 304

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Series Title: Fandorin Mystries

Format: Paperback

Publisher: Mysterious Press

Book theme: Historical

Author: Boris Akunin

Language: English

Street Date: February 5, 2019
TCIN: 53796686
UPC: 9780802127822
Item Number (DPCI): 248-04-4297


Praise for The 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 of Revenge in a Cold River

"In The 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 of A Terrible Beauty: A Lady Emily Mystery

"A relentless page-turner. The 19th century that Mr. Akunin depicts is pulsing with irresistible energy. From dastardly terrorists to sultry femme fatales, Akunin's Moscow is a porto-noir paradise cut through with a decidedly Russian sense of futility . . . [A] fun and entertaining detective novel."--New York Journal of Books

"In Russia, no author has proved detective fiction's literary worthiness as definitively as Boris Akunin . . . An intelligent and entertaining detective novel that is simultaneously excursion into Russian history and culture."--Yelena Furman, Los Angeles Review of Books

"A welcome revival of Russia's premier detective, Erast Fandorin . . . Evocative of our own age of political turmoil, this exploration of how terror worked back in the 1890s stars men and women pushed by conviction and ambition to wage war on the tsarist system or to support it to the death. Readers of Sam Eastland's "Inspector Pekkala" series set just a few decades later in Russian history will embrace Fandorin as a similarly honorable hero. Let's hope for more US editions of works by an author who is popular worldwide."--Library Journal

"This rousing historical mystery, fluidly translated from the Russian by Bromfield, continues to draw its appeal from the Holmes-like Fandorin and from the author's antic stylistic flourishes."--Booklist

"Akunin's descriptions of characters' appearances and temperaments, as well as the time period, call to mind Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes adventures. Narrative sleights of hand and copious red herrings will keep readers guessing until the end."--Publishers Weekly

"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."--Kirkus Reviews

"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:

"It is difficult to convey the breadth of influence that Boris Akunin has on Russian society. Vladimir Putin likely fears him . . . In scope, think of Akunin as the J.K. Rowling of Russia--in style, perhaps somewhere between Dorothy Dunnett and Robert Ludlum . . . An unlikely intellectual shepherd of the Russian opposition."--Will Cathcart, Daily Beast

";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, on The 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, on The 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, on The 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, on The Death of Achilles

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