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Turkish Gambit

Boris Akunin, translated by Andrew Bromfield

Published by Orion Books (Phoenix)

£6.99 / $9.07 / €8.32
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Paperback, 266 pages, published 2005
Book Description

Book 2 of the Erast Fandorin Mysteries.

The Russo-Turkish war is at a critical juncture, and Erast Fandorin, broken-hearted and disillusioned, has gone to the front in an attempt to forget his sorrows. But Fandorin’s efforts to steer clear of trouble are thwarted when he comes to the aid of Varvara Suvorova - a ‘progressive’ Russian woman trying to make her way to the Russian headquarters to join her fiancé.

Within days, Varvara’s fiancé has been accused of treason, a Turkish victory looms on the horizon, and there are rumours of a Turkish spy hiding within their own camp. Our reluctant gentleman sleuth will need to resurrect all of his dormant powers of detection if he is to unmask the traitor, help the Russians to victory and smooth the path of young love.

Reviews for Turkish Gambit

‘Akunin is a master of mystery…Andrew Bromfield’s excellent translation is as enjoyably dynamic as the original’
Andrey Kurkov, The Guardian

‘Without Fandorin the novels would simply be romps, but his presence provides a note of pathos that has led to comparisons in Russia with Gogol and Tolstoy. This is the 19th century evoked in all its absurdity, but also in the knowledge that it is a fragile world whose inflexible certainties will soon be shattered. Akunin is a sly writer, maintaining mystery to the end and closing the novel on a sombre note that confirms he underlying seriousness.’
Joan Smith, The Sunday Times

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