Murder on the Leviathan : Erast Fandorin 3
On 15th March 1878 Lord Littleby, an English eccentric and collector, is found murdered in his Paris house together with nine members of his staff. A gold whale in the victim's hand leads Erast Fandorin to board the Leviathan, the world's largest steamship, as the murderer is one of the 142 First Class passengers. Commissioner Gauche of the French police has narrowed down the suspects to ten, and they are forced to eat together at every meal time in the ship's Windsor Suite until 'the Crime of the Century' is solved. But is the murderer really sat around the table, and can Erast Fandorin discover his or her identity before Gauche? As more passengers are murdered and Leviathan heads towards Calcutta, Fandorin needs all his investigative skills to find the truth. Boris Akunin's latest tape-turner again transports the reader back to the late nineteenth-century. In Leviathan he pays homage to Agatha Christie with a cast of characters and plot which grips you from the first page.
- 126 x 144 x 25mm | 219g
- 07 Oct 2004
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
- Abridged edition
Pastiche of the highest order, absurd and completely gripping at the same time Sunday Times
'Hootkin's outrageously dramatic huffing and puffing narration gives an appropriate theatricality to it all.' OBSERVER 'Cleverly plotted, it's read robustly by William Hootkins.' CHOICE
About Boris Akunin
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvillihas, who worked as a translator before writing fiction. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over eight million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow. William Hootkins was acclaimed in 2003 for his portrayal of Alfred Hitchcock in Hitchcock Blonde, which ran in the West End. He was a Russian expert and fluent Russian speaker. He made his feature film debut in Star Wars. Other major films included Batman, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Valentino, Flash Gordon and Hear My Song. Stage work includes a season at the Chichester Festival Theatre, and amongst his many other audio books is Moby Dick.