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The Winter Queen by Boris Akunin
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The Winter Queen (1998)

by Boris Akunin

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Series: Erast Fandorin (1)

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Great read for the plane, a lightweight mystery, with predictable characters and a bit of a farcical 'hero' with a penchant for male corsetry and an implausible love interest. The ending was almost James Bondian, in its post-wedding denouement! ( )
  celerydog | Jun 7, 2019 |
I had read Turkish Gambit just before and I appreciated the layered intrigue. This was a steampunk kettle of revisionist bullshit. I loathed this book. ( )
1 vote jonfaith | Feb 22, 2019 |
Интересная смесь детективного и исторического романов, но всё-таки можно заметить, что автор во время писания являлся более опытным историком, чем писателем. Описание геополитической ситуации в Европе и в России во второй половине 19-ого века мне казалось очень убедительным, и на самом деле можно сказать, что автор хорошо захватил дух этого периода.

Детективный случай мне не казался очень интересным - московский студент сделал самоубийство, или, как минимум, так выглядело. Он оставил все свои активы на благотворительность. Молодой детектив Эраст Фандорин, для которого это явилось первым случаем, должен был расследовать. Но, я считаю, что автор довольно хорошо распустил дело, хотя конец можно было угадать.

Хорошее начало детективно-исторического сериала, но, автор должен обратить несколько больше внимания на развитие более интересных героев и их характеров.
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  matija2019 | Jan 8, 2019 |
הראשון בסדרה ארוכה של ספרי מתח רוסיים המתרחשים במאה ה 19 ושגיבורם הוא אראס פנדורוב. מעין ג'ימס בונד רוסי אבל הרבה יותר נאיבי ותמים. החלק המעניין הוא לא העלילה כי אם הפנינים שנחשפות על החברה הרוסית במאה ה 19 ( )
  amoskovacs | Dec 25, 2018 |
Surprisingly good. ( )
  zhoud2005 | Dec 9, 2018 |
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He also reveals an unexpected moral subtlety. At the outset, The Winter Queen appears to display an alarming level of Russian xenophobia, in the form of an international conspiracy against Russia headed by an evil Englishwoman. But as the story progresses, so it emerges as something rather more complex. By the end, Fandorin – no longer the charming naïf but a saddened, white-haired figure – has solved the case, but in doing so has brought about a string of tragic consequences. He is faced by the uncomfortable question: has his sleuthing caused more unhappiness than it has cured?
 

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Boris Akuninprimary authorall editionscalculated
Bromfield, AndrewTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Nikkilä, AntonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Tretner, AndreasTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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On Monday the thirteenth of May in the year 1876, between the hours of two and three in the afternoon, on a day which combined the freshness of spring with the warmth of summer, numerous individuals in Moscow's Alexander Gardens unexpectedly found themselves eyewitnesses to the perpetration of an outrage which flagrantly transgressed the bounds of common decency.
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Moscow, May 1876. What would cause a talented student from a wealthy family to shoot himself in front of a promenading public? Decadence and boredom, it is presumed. But young sleuth Erast Fandorin is not satisfied with the conclusion that this death is an open-and-shut case, nor with the preliminary detective work the precinct has done–and for good reason: The bizarre and tragic suicide is soon connected to a clear case of murder, witnessed firsthand by Fandorin himself. Relying on his keen intuition, the eager detective plunges into an investigation that leads him across Europe, landing him at the center of a vast conspiracy with the deadliest of implications.

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Set in 1870s Moscow, St. Petersburg, and London, the book introduces to American readers Boris Akunin's internationally celebrated sleuth, Erast Fandorin, who investigates the suicide of a wealthy student in Moscow's Alexander Gardens and discovers that it is not an open-and-shut case but evidence of a vast conspiracy with the deadliest implications.… (more)

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