©1998 Boris Akunin; (P)2006 Books on Tape
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Excellent central characters. PartII is astonishingly well managed.
I read mysteries and historical fiction - this is one of the best of both.
"Slow and Mannered"
Even though I got too bored to finish this one, I'm giving it at least a 3 because I suspect that those who like this genre (vintage-era mystery in the Orient) will enjoy this one very much. It was very slow paced and mannered, like a minuet, but it was also literate and ornately detailed, with good narration.
"Each more excellent than the last"
Outstanding! Audible please make the rest of the Erast Fandorin mysteries available. I'm totally hooked.
"Great Plot and Interesting Characters!"
I loved this book. Book held my attention all the way through.
Excellent cast of characters. They range from villains to Russian royalty. For Example: Diplomat and detective Erast Fandorin returns from Japan with a man Japanesse servant. Fandorin incorporates Japanese techniques for concentration, exercises and fighting.
This is my first book by Russian author Boris Akunin. I am very impressed by the depth of the story. I will read more stories by this author.
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