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The Cleansing Flames (Porfiry Petrovich #4)

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Easter, 1872. Fires burn in St Petersburg, a prelude to the revolutionary turmoil that will shake Russia a generation later. As the springtime thaw begins, a body rises to the surface of the Winter Canal. Following an anonymous tip-off, magistrate Porfiry Petrovich is drawn into an investigation of the radical intellectuals who seek to fan the flames of revolution.

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ebook, 384 pages
Published May 19th 2011 by Faber and Faber (first published May 1st 2011)
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Carole Tyrrell
The Cleansing Flames is the fourth in the series of St Petersburg mysteries and begins on the night of a fire in 1872 at the auspicious time of Easter. A disgruntled junior magistrate, Pavel Virginsky, is drawn to it and, as he watches, a stranger hands him a poem against God before vanishing. On the same night, 5 sailors dive into the Winter Canal but 6 bodies come out. A passer-by, Damya Kozodavlev, recognises the corpse's face and hurries away into the night on the pretext of calling the poli ...more
Rob Kitchin
The Cleansing Flames is the fourth instalment of Morris' Inspector Porfiry Petrovich series and the first I've read. Whilst there is much to admire about Morris' writing, especially his wry observations, social and political historicisation and sense of place, for my tastes the story suffered from a weak plot, some non-credible characters, and being overly long. The plot holds much promise, centring on a political cell in Tsarist St Petersburg. However, the cell seemed so weakly organised and ru ...more
Elizabeth A.
The Cleansing Flames, the fourth book in author R.N. Morris’ series featuring Russian Magistrate Porfiry Petrovich, finds spring creeping upon St. Petersburg. But as the snow and ice recede, the fires begin to burn. Fresh on the heels of revolution in Paris, pockets of radicals in Russia’s capital are sowing the seeds of revolution. Part of their manifesto includes setting fires to notable properties in order to burn down, literally and figuratively, the symbols of the perceived failures of Tsar ...more
This is the one with the body that reappears after the spring thaw. In Russia. Now that's a cold body.
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Roger N Morris (born 1960 in Manchester) is an English writer and advertising copywriter. His short fiction has been published in a number of mainstream, genre, and literary publications. One of his short stories, "The Devil's Drum", appeared in the horror anthology Darkne
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