Kris McCracken's Reviews > Special assignments : the further adventures of Erast Fandorin

Special assignments  by Boris Akunin
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A collection of two novellas featuring the intrepid Fandorin, equal parts light and shade. The first is a remarkably light-hearted romp as our hero finds himself pursuing a con-man while trying to salvage his love life. An interesting comic turn from Akunin, if somewhat sleight.

Things take a decidedly darker turn in the second story, however. Exploring the idea that a fanatical serial killer - perhaps Jack the Ripper his very self - is stalking the women of Moscow, the tone and descriptions are quite deal more grisly than the earlier books. While perhaps not always convincing, a number of twists and turns delivers the kind of emotional gravitas that we expect from the series.
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Reading Progress

December 9, 2013 – Started Reading
December 9, 2013 – Shelved
December 9, 2013 –
page 25
7.44%
December 10, 2013 –
page 46
13.69%
December 12, 2013 –
page 111
33.04%
December 13, 2013 –
page 216
64.29%
December 16, 2013 –
page 281
83.63%
December 17, 2013 – Finished Reading

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