The Winter Queen

The Winter Queen

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This is the first book featuring Erast Fandorin, a gentleman sleuth who solves murders and mysteries in tsarist Russia. A 23-year-old law student commits suicide in broad daylight in Moscow's Alexander Gardens. Fandorin is put on the case to find out what drove him to it, a case that deepens as he discovers that the young man was the son of a rich and influential factory owner. The story is enhanced by its authentic backdrop of nineteenth-century Russia. After all, it's difficult to keep your mind on a case when the new Dostoyevsky novel has just hit the shops. Fandorin has been described as 'the James Bond of the 19th century' and Akunin has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Conan Doyle. The UK publication of these books will be an international literary event and mark the arrival of a startling new voice in the thriller more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 126 x 145 x 25mm | 220g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Abridged
  • Abridged edition
  • 0752865900
  • 9780752865904

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'an original addition to the detective-fiction genre, and Hootkins - subtly nuanced, and sparing on the theatrical Russian accents - adds to the enjoyment.' The Sunday Times 'Reader William Hootkins is superb' Sunday Express 'Just occasionally an audiobook sends me straight out to buy every single one fo the author's works. That was certainly my first urge... For William Hootkin's deep, rich voice and clever character switches kept me spellbound.' -- Christina Hardyment The Times 'The tone is self-conciously leisurely, quirky and wry - a Sherlock Holmes for our times - and reader Hootkins recreates it with relish.' The Irish Times 'It's 1876, and the son of a rich and influential industrialist commits suicide in a park in Moscow. The hot-headed new police recruit Erast Fandorin is assigned to the case and embarks on a hunt from the grand palaces of the Russian capital to the seedy backstreets of London. Great Fun.' Northern Echo 'Hootkins narrates the story well.' The Telegraph 'Set in 1879, it is marvellously plotted, gloriously extravagant and splendidly read by the perfectly named William Hootkins' -- Sue Gaisford THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAYshow more

About Boris Akunin

Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He translated Japanese texts before the worldwide success of his Fandorin series. 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 more

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4 39% (2,920)
3 25% (1,891)
2 6% (449)
1 1% (103)
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