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The Death of Achilles (Erast Fandorin Mysteries #4)

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In 1882, after six years of foreign travel and adventure, renowned diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns to Moscow in the heart of Mother Russia. His Moscow homecoming is anything but peaceful. In the hotel where he and his loyal if impertinent manservant Masa are staying, Fandorin’s old war-hero friend General Michel Sobolev (“Achilles” to the crowd) has been foun ...more
Paperback, 320 pages
Published April 18th 2006 by Random House Trade Paperbacks (first published 1998)
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Carey Combe
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: a-great-re-read
I'm reading these all again as I have been told by my clever Russian professor that despite the books being set in 1880, they are actually about modern Russia and not only is it fun attempting to work out which characters could possibly be today in modern Russia it gives the whole story an entirely different feel.
Nancy Oakes
I will note that while you could feasibly read this as a stand alone, you really want to go back and read the entire series in this order (not necessarily in the published order):

the Winter Queen
The Turkish Gambit
Murder on the Leviathan

If you haven't met Erast Fandorin, then you definitely need to go back to the Winter Queen where he gets his start.

This book:
Our young hero has literally just returned to Russia from Japan after his duties there are completed. He comes to Moscow, where he is
Melissa McShane
I love Boris Akunin's books, but I think this one is my least favorite of the Fandorin series (which still ranks it fairly high). Fandorin returns from many years in Japan to find himself out of favor and out of touch, "exiled" to Moscow and away from the political excitement of the capital. He's the first one to realize that the death of an old friend and military hero is actually a murder, and the only one to pursue that trail. The bodies keep piling up and the evidence of a conspiracy mounts, ...more
Richard Derus
Feb 24, 2011 rated it liked it
A nice thing about series mysteries is the continuity of characters among the volumes. One grows accustomed to their faces and one expects they'll be back, if not the next time you read one of the series, then soon enough.

Bah! Humbug! sayeth Boris, happily killing off and abandoning people through the multi-year festival that is this entertaining and readable series. (Andrew Bromfield, the translator, deserves many kudos for producing such readable and thoroughly enjoyable translations.) This bo
Olli Linnossuo
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great book. Don't know how much was lost in translation, I read the book in Finnish instead of Russian.
Friederike Knabe
Nov 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ce-europe
It is the year 1882, and Erast Petrovich Fandorin, detective and diplomat in Tsarist Russia, has returned to Moscow after six years of foreign adventures, ready to commence a new role assigned to the Governor General of Moscow. Hardly has he settled into his new environment that the news spreads that his former mentor and friend General Michel Sobolev, known as "Achilles" by the adoring Muscovites, has been found dead. Fandorin, however, is suspicious of the circumstances of the death: the thirt ...more
It's the second book in the series I've read and I have to say that I enjoy them a lot, more for the atmosphere than for the mystery, however. They have this vivid, funny, sparkling sense of humor which is a trademark of the better Russian literature (Gogol, Chekhov and the like). The main character is nice enough (nice, for lack of a better word), strong, honest and invincible and all that - I don't care for him that much, but he's all right. The ladies, I noticed, are always the same, passiona ...more
Miss Karen Jean Martinson
Sep 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
As someone raised on Agatha Christie, I say unabashedly that good mysteries are a delight to read. The problem is that there are too few good mysteries. Too many of them read like the book equivalent of Law & Order, where exposition substitutes as dialogue, plot points as action, and character familiarity for true character development.

God Bless You, Mr. Akunin.

Akunin manages to weave an intricate tale that skillfully draws us into 19C Moscow and its intrigues while reflecting on larger iss
Aug 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed, mystery, russia
I really liked this one when I read it years ago. Upon rereading, I found it a slog, until about 1/3 to 1/2 through, when it did pick up and become exciting. This is the fourth of the Erast Fandorin mysteries, which are set in 19th century Russia. Erast is a government official detailed to 'special assignnments'. I was disappointed this time around, but people's taste change, and also I was in a 'Russian' phase those many years ago. I think the setting was what attracted me.

Erast is tasked to so
Rafal Jasinski
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok
Nadal stylowo i urzekająco, acz nieco mniej interesująco pod względem fabularnym, jak i stopnia komplikacji intrygi. Fandorin, powraca niejako w swej "pierwotnej" postaci brylującego towarzysko everymana, tym razem wzbogaconego o doświadczenia wyniesione z swych wojaży po Japonii. Pewne elementy owych nowych "doświadczeń" wypadają tu nadzwyczaj kuriozalnie, i pomimo mojego "patrzenia przez palce" na swoistą "pocztówkową" umowność w zakresie sposobu prowadzenia narracji, ciężko mi było pogodzić s ...more
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Real name - Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili (Russian: Борис Акунин; Georgian: გრიგოლ შალვას ძე ჩხარტიშვილი; Аlso 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 cre ...more
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Other Books in the Series

Erast Fandorin Mysteries (1 - 10 of 17 books)
  • The Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #1)
  • The Turkish Gambit (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #2)
  • Murder on the Leviathan (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #3)
  • Special Assignments (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #5)
  • Статский советник (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #6)
  • Коронация, или Последний из романов (Erast Fandorin Mysteries, #7)
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“Shocked and grieved by sudden death of Adjutant General Sobolev.’ She sobbed and blew her nose, then continued reading. “‘He will be hard for the Russian army to replace and, of course, this loss is greatly lamented by all true soldiers. It is sad to lose such useful people who are so devoted to their work. Alexander.’” Fandorin raised his eyebrows slightly—the telegram had sounded rather cold to him. “Hard to replace”? Meaning that the general could be replaced after all? “Sad”—and nothing more? “The lying in state and funeral” 0 likes
“He is only six years older than me. Ooh-ooh-ooh,” she wailed in a quite unaristocratic, entirely demotic manner, like a peasant woman, and Dolgorukoi’s composure dissolved completely.” 0 likes
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