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The reactionary Adjutant General Khrapov, newly appointed governor-general of Siberia and soon-to-be minister of the interior, is murdered in his official saloon carriage on his way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The killer, disguised as Fandorin, boards the train at Klin, where it has been delayed by snowdrifts on the line. He leaves a knife bearing the initials "CG" (Combat Group) thrust up to the hilt in his victim's chest and escapes through the window of the carriage.
Fandorin is first arrested for the crime, but quickly released when the train pulls into Moscow and the General's staff realise their blunder. The murder threatens the career of Prince Dolgorukoi, Moscow's elderly governor-general, and Fandorin's greatest fan. He asks Fandorin to investigate, even though someone new, Prince Pozharsky, has been sent from St. Petersburg to head the investigation.
The head of the CG is a man named Mr. Green, the son of a Jewish pharmacist whose family suffered very badly from the pogroms. He bears a grudge and, together with his fellow revolutionaries, seeks vengeance. He is a man of steel, who has toughened himself so much that he is a worthy, and daunting, adversary.
However, this is a battle between good and evil and Fandorin reminds us that two wrongs never make a right as he battles against Green in a test of wills. The mystery surrounds the mole: who is the leak? And what motivates them? This is what Fandorin must find out, even if it means that he places his own lover, the fiery Esfir, under suspician. In the end, Fandorin becomes so disillusioned that he walks away from promotion, and to the life of a civilian, at last.

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Akunin is an outstanding novelist ... Gloriously tongue-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time (Daily Express)

Fandorin delights ... a crime star (Independant)

What Akunin's books have in common is charm, elegant writing, abundant wit - and Erast Fandorin ... He is a delightful character like no other in crime fiction (The Times)

Fandorin is a debonair combo of Sherlock Holmes, D-Artagnan and most of the soulful heroes of Russian literature ... Andrew Bromfield's translation is key to maintaining the entertaining period pastiche (Sunday Telegraph)

The perfect Sunday afternoon read! (Scotland on Sunday)

Lively characters and a sinuous plot amply explain why Akunin's Fandorin thrillers have sold in their millions. (FINANCIAL TIMES)

All the usual Akunin fingerprints are here - wonderful period settings, delirious plotting and that wry, understated sense of humour (The Good Book Guide)

Fandorin is as likeable and charismatic as ever in what can only be described as a truly ripping yarn" (The Gloss)
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A battle of wills and ideals, revolutionaries and traditionalists and good versus evil.

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  • PublisherW&N
  • Publication date2008
  • ISBN 10 0297848232
  • ISBN 13 9780297848233
  • BindingHardcover
  • Edition number1
  • Number of pages272
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