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The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #6)

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The reactionary Adjutant General Khrapov, newly appointed governor-general of Siberia and soon-to-be minister of the interior, is murdered in his official saloon carriage on his way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The killer, disguised as Fandorin, boards the train at Klin, where it has been delayed by snowdrifts on the line.
Hardcover, 272 pages
Published January 10th 2008 by Orion (first published 1999)
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Kirsten *Dogs Welcome - People Tolerated"
I happily turned to Erast Fandorin after too long an absence. I discovered him when I lived in Kent and loved him. An unusual detective in Czarist (Tsarist?) Russia, he has a stutter, a Japanese manservant, and is forever unlucky in love.

In this entry, he has to deal not just with the always dangerous politics of the government service in Moscow, but also a band of dangerous revolutionaries (terrorists).

Erast is very like Sherlock in his deductions, but a much more sympathetic character in that
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Andy
YES 5 Stars - You are reading correctly, is is NOT sunstroke.....

Another Arch-nemesis for Erast Fandorin to deal with in a very Sherlock Holmes style of read set across Moscow C1860's or thereabouts. Revolutionaries, pseudo-intelligentsia(i), ideologist students of rich families, orshika (secret police) & double agents throughout for Erast to battle & form alliances with as the case(s) unfold.

The villian (Muuuuuulhahahahahahahah) is as engaging as our hero & for me receives equal sta
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Kris McCracken
Jan 06, 2014 Kris McCracken rated it it was amazing
The sixth in the series, I think that this is (thus far) his best: reactionary autocrats, revolutionary terrorists, murky plots, sinister schemes and a heavy political edge I really enjoyed this bleak tale!

I particularly enjoyed the vivid painting of the key revolutionary 'Green'. Fashioned by a cruel world, Akunin has done a great job in constructing a beautiful example of the sympathetic villain. This book has it all, assassinations, bomb-making, bank heists, love trysts, and scores of bodies
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Goran K
I saw this book on a Book fair and attractive book cover (I know, I know, "don't judge the book by its cover") with a hint of steampunk style caught my attention. You have to understand I saw million of books that day and my mind was tired, so I was judging most of the books from their covers. As I haven't read some quality steampunk book in a while I got interested and read the blurb. It wasn't what I expected, but the book still sounded intriguing so i added it to my to-read list. I borrowed i ...more
Mellu
Apr 30, 2012 Mellu rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
С этой книги началась моя любовь к Фандорину. Отличный роман, изящный слог, обаятельный главный герой.
Branko Jovanovski
I would even give it 2 and half stars - this is the worst one in the Fandorin series so far.
Andrew
Feb 13, 2009 Andrew rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The novel is much better than the Russian TV movie.
Adi Gonen
Dec 21, 2012 Adi Gonen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The best one in the series!!!
Anadein
Aug 21, 2009 Anadein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Отличная книга
Vanja
Nov 08, 2015 Vanja rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Državni savjetnik
Profil International, 2007.

Kako rijetko čitam povijesne krimiće, ovaj je roman bio iznenađenje za mene. Ugodno, svakako. Erast Petrovič Fandorin je zgodan lik - pametan, hrabar, koji se unatoč mucanju uspeo na utjecajan položaj. A sada pokušava razotkriti tko mu je smjestio za ubojstvo.
Ovaj roman mi je pružio sliku događaja u Rusiji krajem 19. stoljeća i bio je veoma zanimljiv za čitanje budući, ne samo zbog povijesnog aspekta, već i stoga što se do samog njegovog kraja ne zna
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Rafal Jasinski
Znowu lekka zniżka formy. Na poziomie estetycznym jest to wciąż zacna lektura, niestety intrygę udało mi się przejrzeć, mniej więcej w okolicach połowy powieści. Jest to poważny zarzut, jeśli chodzi o Akunina, bowiem w poprzednich powieściach, jak mi się wydaje, autor ów skrzętniej potrafił zamaskować tożsamość "tego złego", jak i w sposób bardziej wyrafinowany mylił tropy.

Najgorsze jednak jest to, że lubiany przeze mnie dotychczas Fandorin, jest w tej odsłonie bardzo irytujący a to momentami pr
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Nancy Oakes
As the novel opens in this, the sixth book in the series, Adjutant General Khrapov, newly-appointed governor-general for Siberia, is on his way to Moscow by train. The train stops to receive an expected passenger on a train, who just happens to be Erast Fandorin, Deputy for Special Assignments to the Governor General of Moscow. Fandorin is ushered into Khrapov's private car, and after only a few minutes, plunges a dagger into the General's heart, and leaves the train. But wait! As it turns out, ...more
Ubiquitousbastard
This book was a little bit slow to get started, that is one. Ah, I can't do it, it's too awesome for me. I'm just not badass enough. Okay, seriously though, it was slightly slow at first, but the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading. Well, that and my eternal love for Fandorin. Actually, the plot of this book might be among my favorites in the series. I think the author made good work of the twilight years of the Russian empire, showing how it was gradually coming apart, and why. The b ...more
Pietro Coen
Sep 22, 2014 Pietro Coen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: boris-akunin
I loved it! Translated into English by Andrew Bromfield obviously! A nail biter all the way through. A mixture of the police thriller and spy novel all set at the end of 19th century Russia. Quite funny in places, but full of bloody murder too. The stuttering Erast Petrovich (alias Fandorin) investigates the murder of Krapov (Governor General of Siberia) and gets entangled in two competing secret services of the Tzar and a host of other police departments. It turns out that the synesthete Mr Gre ...more
Janellyn51
Jul 02, 2012 Janellyn51 rated it really liked it
this was the seventh Erast Fandorin book I've read in tne series. I'm not tired of him yet! He seemed a bit different in this one. He's 40 now, just as cocky as ever. I liked that it was told from a different perspective, that of a butler, major domo kind of guy, who doesn't like Fandorin, but grudgingly gives him his due in the end. This one takes place during the Coronation of Nicholas...and we all know how that ended up for him. There is a kidnapping, and it comes down to Fadorin and Afanassi ...more
Bibliophile
Boris Akunin’s Erast Fandorin novels keep getting better and better. In this one, a member of mysterious terrorist group masquerading as Fandorin himself has assassinated the soon-to-be governor of Siberia. Fandorin investigates both to clear his own name and to save the job of his boss, Prince Dolgoruky, who is about to be supplanted by an upstart from St. Petersburg. Hampering Fandorin’s efforts is a mole within the police force, who feeds the so-called “Combat Group” information that helps th ...more
AV AV
May 14, 2016 AV AV rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
De confrontaties tussen Grin en Fandorin volgen elkaar in een snel tempo op, met moordaanslagen en valstrikken allerhande. Toch brengt dat de plot niet altijd dichterbij. Het dreigt bij momenten een avonturenroman te worden in plaats van een spanning opbouwende thriller. Maar uiteindelijk komt het met het verhaal wel in orde, met een aardige ontknoping. Een goed boek dus, maar hou vooral ook een papiertje bij de hand om al die Russen te kunnen uiteenhouden.
Jenna M
Oct 01, 2014 Jenna M rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
You know it's a Russian novel when it begins with a line about windows as sightless wall eyes crusted with snow on the carcass of a carriage. A great foil for Fandorin in his arch nemesis Green in the story. It was as thrilling and carefully crafted as ever, full of femmes fatales, corruption, intrigue and daring adventures.
Jeremy
Feb 29, 2012 Jeremy rated it liked it
I often wonder how much of the tale is really down to the translator. It must be a hard job to translate a novel, especially from Russian, and produce the sense and emotion that the author intended in the original work. And often for no recognition. Andrew Bromfield has done a great job of this novel which is part period drama and part Sherlock Holmes. Set in Russia at a time when the aristocracy still meant something the book follows the unravalling of the mystery surrounding the murder of a ne ...more
Elena
Не дотягивает до детектива. Фандорин здесь какой-то никакой, картонный, шаблонный, без нюансов, как неживой. Никакой дедукции, все детали проморгал. Куда более интересный и даже иногда вызывающий сочувствие - антагонист истории.
ashok
Dec 30, 2011 ashok rated it liked it
This book (as with other books in the Fandorin series) makes yet another departure from form. There is a strong element in this book dealing with Fandorin's disillusionment with the Russian state. One of the anti-heroes in this book is a Russian revolutionary, though not identified as a communist (the period is too early for that) - there are interesting discussions throughout involving the economics and politics of that period. There are also interesting sentences during climactic situations li ...more
Sarah Catherine
Feb 24, 2016 Sarah Catherine rated it it was ok
A tedious read, as I was unfamiliar with the Russian language used and culture referenced throughout. Also, wasn't a fan of the alternating viewpoints
Helena Aarons
Apr 13, 2014 Helena Aarons rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobooks
I have really enjoyed all the books in this series, listened to over a number of years.
Nikolai
Jan 11, 2014 Nikolai rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Nikolai by: Виктория
Като я започвах не очаквах нищо особено. Постепенно обаче се оказа много вълнуваща и заплетена. Това първо. И все пак съм изненадан, че Акунин е решил да повтори модела на първия роман за Фандорин. Това второ.
От друга страна ми стана много странно, че разгадах случая сто страници преди края и се измъчвах известно време дали съм прав, а след това се измъчвах от разтакаването на Фандорин. И все пак самият финал беше доста неочакван.
Въпреки всичко не я препоръчвам като за първа среща с Фандорин. Пъ
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Les Wilson
Nov 10, 2014 Les Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another good book from Boris with an unexpected ending.
Elina
Jan 03, 2016 Elina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: erast-fandorin
The State Counsellor returns to similar excitement as in The Winter Queen: intrigue after intrigue in the highest places. The structure works beautifully (compared to The Death of Achilles), and the stories of Erast Fandorin and Green are fascinating to read. Green is a great character from the beginning to the end.
As for Erast, he should really sort out his personal life. And even though his vanity gets better of him time to time, it doesn't make him an odious character, although I wouldn't sig
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Peter Auber
Oct 23, 2015 Peter Auber rated it it was ok
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Roosi
Mar 23, 2015 Roosi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2015
Ohtralt actionit...
Polina
Nov 18, 2014 Polina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: Русские
Интереснейший политический детектив.
Tazitazitazi
Akunin se čita s nevjerojatnom lakočom. ''Državni svjetnik'' je nešto slabiji od ''Dekoratera'' (kojeg sam nedavno pročitala), jer se radnja prepričava 2 puta: jednom iz prespektive terorista, a drugi puta iz perspektive državnih službenika. Ovaj pristup je dobar kada kod 2. prepričavanja saznamo nešto novo, ali nažalost ima dijelova koji su doslovno isto, a to smatram potpuno suvišnim.
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Real name - Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (see Grigory Chkhartishvili), born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1956. Since 1958 he lives in Moscow. Writer and translator from Japanease. Author of crime stories set in tsarist Russia. In 1998 he made his debut with novel Azazel (to English readers known as The Winter Queen), where he created Erast Pietrovich Fandorin.

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