Special Assignments by Boris Akunin
The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin (Erast Fandorin Mysteries)

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In Special Assignments, Erast Fandorin, nineteenth-century Russia’s suavest sleuth, faces two formidable new foes: One steals outrageous sums of money, the other takes lives. “The Jack of Spades” is a civilized swindler who has conned thousands of rubles from Moscow’s residents–including Fandorin’s own boss, Prince Dolgorukoi. To catch him, Fandorin and his new assistant, timid young policeman Anisii Tulipov, must don almost as many disguises as the grifter does himself. “The Decorator” is a different case altogether: A savage serial killer who believes he “cleans” the women he mutilates and takes his orders from on high, he must be given Fandorin’s most serious attentions.
Peopled by a rich cast of eccentric characters, and with plots that are as surprising as they are inventive, Special Assignments will delight Akunin’s many fans, while challenging the gentleman sleuth’s brilliant powers of detection.

Praise from England:

“Boris Akunin’s wit and invention are a source of constant wonder.”
–Evening Standard

“[Fandorin is] a debonair combo of Sherlock Holmes, D’Artagnan and most of the soulful heroes of Russian literature. . . . This pair of perfectly balanced stories permit the character of Fandorin to grow.”
–The Sunday Telegraph

“Agatha Christie meets James Bond: [Akunin’s] plots are intricate and tantalizing. . . . [These stories] are unputdownable and great fun.”
–Sunday Express

“The beguiling, super-brainy, sexy, unpredictable Fandorin is a creation like no other in crime fiction.”
–The Times

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About Boris Akunin

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BORIS AKUNIN is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the Republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, Akunin published his first detective stories in 1998 and has already become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He is the author of eleven Erast Fandorin novels, including The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan, The Death of Achilles, and Special Assignments available from Random House Trade Paperbacks; and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog and Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, in the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in Moscow.
Published February 12, 2008 by Random House. 354 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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He doesn’t know that Momos has developed an equally personal stake in fleecing Fandorin, or that the battle of wits won’t end when Momos and his accomplice, the lovely actress Mimi, have been captured.

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Publishers Weekly

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In this thrilling collection of two novellas, Akunin (The Winter Queen ) pits Erast Fandorin, his brilliant Russian detective who serves as the deputy for special assignments to the governor-general of czarist Moscow, against two different but equally deadly foes.

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In quite a few cases the author merely tells the same story over and over again, but changes the scenery in hopes that a different location or an occasional new character will fool us.

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Entertainment Weekly

Fans of Boris Akunin's charming detective Erast Fandorin, the James Bond of 19th-century Russia, have not one book but two: novellas that could not be more different.

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Reviewing the Evidence

The killer slays in the most vicious of ways but the readers get to read some of the killer's thoughts, so we see that the killer thinks that the deaths have a high calling and that by murdering and mutilating the victims a great good is being done for society.

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Erast Fandorin, the Russian Sherlock Holmes, is back and has to use all of his formidable deductive skills to solve the two cases that make up the twisted special assignments he faces in Special Assignments: The Further Adventures of Erast Fandorin, by the renowned author Boris Akunin.

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Special Assignments is the newest installment in the Erast Petrovich Fandorin mystery series to become available in large print.

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