Crime Fiction

Boris Akunin

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Title Publisher Date Issue Points - Notes
The Winter Queen Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2003  
Leviathan Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2004 Red cloth, gilt lettering. DW 9.99
The Death of Achilles Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2005 A signed limited edition also
published by the Scorpion Press
Pelagia and the White Bulldog Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2006  
Special Assignments Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007  
Pelagia and the Black Monk Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2007  
The State Counsellor Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008  
Pelagia and the Red Rooster Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2008  
The Coronation Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2009  

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Further Information
Boris Akunin is the nom de plume used by Russian born writer Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili. His work met with instant interest from collectors of detective fiction and interest from readers has grown since the release of the first Erast Fandorin mystery The Winter Queen. Fandorin is the author's main series character although in 2006 he did create a Russian crime solving nun called Sister Palgia. I believe there are no more to come in this series as the author is on record as saying it would be a trilogy.
The books are translated from Russian and, judging by the ones I have read, have been done exceptionally well. It's an old phrase lost in translation but in my experience some great mystery novels have been ruined by poor translation.
The books have been well produced, all with attractive jacket artwork and make an impressive set. A recommended author both to readers and first edition book collectors.

Sample
The golden Shiva is found! Was the 'Crime of the Century' on the rue de Crenelle the work of a madman? Yesterday, 17 March, between five o'clock and six o'clock in the afternoon, is-year-old Pierre B. was fishing by the Pont des In-valides when his hook became snagged so firmly at the bottom of the river that he was obliged to wade into the cold water. ('I'm not so stupid as to just throw away a genuine English hook!' the young fisherman told our reporter.) Pierre's valour was richly rewarded: the hook had not caught on some common tree root but on a weighty object half buried in the silt. Once extracted from the water the object shone with an unearthly splendour, blinding the eyes of the astonished fisherman. Pierre's father, a retired sergeant and veteran of the Battle of Sedan, guessed that it must be the famous golden Shiva for which ten people had been killed only two days earlier, and he handed in the find at the prefecture. .

 

 

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