The Gentle Axe

The Gentle Axe

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Fresh off the case of a deranged student who murdered his landlady, noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich barely takes a breath before a bizarre and very grisly double murder lands him back on the streets of the tsarist St. Petersburg he knows all too well. The sardonic sleuth follows a trail from the drinking dens of the Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society-a hunt that leads him to a conclusion even he will find shocking. In the tradition of such first-rate historical novels such as The Alienist and The Dante Club, The Gentle Axe is atmospheric and tense storytelling from its dramatic opening to its stunning climax.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 305 pages
  • 137.16 x 213.36 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0143113267
  • 9780143113263

Review quote

"A satisfyingly grisly yarn, mawkish and macabre. CSI: St. Petersburg"
-The New York Times Book Review "The Gentle Axe is a deftly plotted, enjoyable literary thriller."
-The Washington Post "A smart, hypnotizing tale of crime and duplicity. . . . Genuinely pleasurable."
-The New York Sun "Lush, and exceptionally compelling, but take your time-R. N. Morris's The Gentle Axe has a vast depth of Russian soul: mysterious, compassionate, and utterly irresistible."
-Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent "The anti-Sherlock Holmes."
-The Philadelphia Inquirer
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About R N Morris

R.N. Morris was born in Manchester, England, in 1960 and now lives in North London with his wife and two children. He sold his first short story to a teenage girls' magazine while still a student at Cambridge University, where he read classics. Making his living as a freelance copywriter, he has continued to write, and occasionally publish, fiction. One of his stories, "The Devil's Drum," was turned into a one-act opera, which was performed at the Purcell Room in London's South Bank. Another, "Revenants," was published as a comic book. A Vengeful Longing is the follow-up to his first novel, The Gentle Axe, published by The Penguin Press in 2006.
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Rating details

574 ratings
3.45 out of 5 stars
5 14% (78)
4 36% (208)
3 35% (201)
2 12% (69)
1 3% (18)
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