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Boris Akunin - Author

About the Author

Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvillihas, who worked as a translator before writing fiction. He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over eight million copies in Russia alone. He lives in Moscow.

Photograph © Basso Cannarsa

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Other books by Boris Akunin

Not Saying Goodbye

Not Saying Goodbye

Author: Boris Akunin Format: Hardback Release Date: 14/11/2019

RUSSIA, 1918 The young Soviet state is in turmoil. Chekists walk along the streets. Hunger, cold and mud crawl away in the former aristocratic quarters of Moscow. The old order has been turned upside down, leaving room for political infighting and dark subterfuge. This is the world Erast Fandorin - the celebrated detective - wakes up to after three years in a coma. His faithful assistant Masa might have nursed him successfully back to life, but there is no guarantee that the old Fandorin, with his razor-sharp intellect and superhuman strength, will ever be back. Determined to leave behind Moscow - a city he doesn't recognise anymore - Fandorin embarks on one last great adventure. But who can he trust in a country torn apart by civil war?

Black City

Black City

Author: Boris Akunin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 06/08/2019

CRIMEA, 1914 When the Tzar's head of security is assassinated, Erast Fandorin is called to investigate: the killer has been overheard mentioning a 'black city' so Fandorin and his trusty companion, Masa, head to Baku, the burgeoning Russian capital of oil. But from the moment they arrive in the city - a hotbed of corruption and greed by the Caspian Sea - they realise someone is watching their every move, and they will stop at nothing to derail their investigation. Having suffered a brutal attack and with Masa's life hanging by a thread, Fandorin is forced to rely on the help of an unexpected new ally, and he begins to suspect the plot might be part of something larger - and much more sinister. With war brewing in the Balkans and Europe's empires struggling to contain the threat of revolution, Fandorin must try and solve his most difficult case yet - before time runs out.

Black City

Black City

Author: Boris Akunin Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/11/2018

The latest book in the internationally bestselling Erast Fandorin Mysteries series 'Readers can expect prime Akunin - ingenious, twisty, exotic' Daily Mail Crimea, 1914. When the Tzar's head of security is assassinated, Fandorin is called to investigate: the killer has been overheard mentioning a 'black city' so Fandorin and his trusty companion, Masa, head to Baku, the burgeoning capital of oil. But as soon as they arrive, they are attacked and Fandorin almost drowns in an oil well. Saved by a stranger who hides him in the labyrinth of Baku's Old City, Fandorin begins to suspect the plot might be part of something larger - and much more dangerous. With war brewing in the Balkans, and Europe's empires struggling to contain the threat of revolution, Fandorin must try and solve his difficult case yet before time runs out. An explosive, edge-of-your-seat finale, filled with intrigue, wit and Boris Akunin's unforgettable characters. What readers are saying about the Erast Fandorin Mysteries: 'Think Tolstoy writing James Bond with the logical rigour of Sherlock Holmes' Guardian 'There's a dark twist at the end that has me anxious to continue in this series' Neil on Goodreads (five stars) 'Erast Petrovich Fandorin is a man with lightning-fast reactions, a probing analytical mind and a great arsenal of concealed weaponry' Daily Telegraph 'These books are a fun, riotous read that you don't want to put down' Jill on Goodreads (five stars) 'Gloriously tounge-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time' Daily Express

All The World's A Stage Erast Fandorin 11

All The World's A Stage Erast Fandorin 11

Author: Boris Akunin Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 09/08/2018

Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine is the toast of Moscow society, a beautiful actress in an infamous theatre troupe. The estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan, her love life is as colourful as the parts she plays: her ex-husband has threatened to kill anyone who courts her. He appears to be making good on his promise. Fandorin is contacted by concerned friend - the widowed wife of Chekhov - who asks him to investigate an alarming incident involving Eliza. But when he watches Eliza on stage for the first time, he falls desperately in love . . . Can he solve the case - and win over Eliza - without attracting the attentions of the murderer he is trying to find?

life of wonderful people and animals. Short stories about all sorts of things

life of wonderful people and animals. Short stories about all sorts of things

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 19/03/2018

In the new book of Boris Akunin collected historical miniatures that will surprise you, make you happy, make you think, and maybe even "e;withdraw from the comfort zone."e; The lives of remarkable (and sometimes even ordinary - at first glance) people and animals so accurately convey the mood and color of times past, as if we are facing a strange kaleidoscope of extraordinary events and striking characters.

Altyn Tolobas

Altyn Tolobas

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

"e;Altyn Tolobas"e; is the first novel from the cycle "e;Adventures of a Master"e;, which already tells about the grandson of the famous sleuth Erast Fandorin - Nicholas. By a twist of fate and history, Nicholas Fandorin is a British subject, Master of History. His scholarly endeavor is dedicated, first of all, to studying the history of the Fandorins' family. And thus, an interesting historical document comes to his hand. This document not only denotes location of an ancient mysterious treasure, but is also indicative of the fact that the progenitor of the Russian branch of the old European family von Dorn is directly relevant to this buried treasure. To study it all out, Nicholas has to go to modern Russia. At once two storylines are skillfully intertwined in the novel. The second one refers to the beginning of the XVII century and tells about the very progenitor - Cornelius von Dorn, invited to the court of tsar Aleksey Mikhailovich for military service. The remote great-great-grandfather and his present-day descendant are following almost the same route - to Moscow. Incredible adventures, almost fairy tale treasure and true love await both of them. You know, history often repeats itself...

Extracurricular Reading

Extracurricular Reading

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Nicholas Fandorin, the last descendant of the honoured family of the von Dorns and a grandson of the famous sleuth Erast Fandorin, now lives in Russia, too. He even runs his own business, a fairly peculiar one - he gives people advice. Serious, and most importantly - thorough life advice. And these pieces of advice always work. Even in such an extreme and horrifying situation, when a daughter of a distinguished and well-known plastic surgeon is kidnapped, and when one needs to decide, what is worth more - the child's life or glory and wealth. It is aligned with the second storyline, when one of the Fandorins - Danila Larionovich, in the epoch of the reign of Catherine the Great, is also to choose - either honours and a meteorical career, in exchange for a trifling favor. Or saving lives of an innocent talented child and a woman in love. What will the Fandorins choose?

F. M.

F. M.

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

And again puzzles and mysteries are in the way of the grandson of Erast Fandorin - Nicholas Fandorin. This time, weirdly enough, a part of seemingly lost forever manuscript by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoyevsky - the lost variant of "e;Crime and Punishment"e; - comes to his hand. The manuscript is merely invaluable, literally in every sense of the word. But will it be possible to find, and most importantly - to save it, when, in this search, Nicholas Fandorin is countered by a mysterious rival? Someone, transforming either into a spiderman, or into an anime character, or even into Red Riding Hood?..

Falcon and the Swallow

Falcon and the Swallow

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Nicholas Fandorin is travelling on board a huge cruise liner "e;Falcon"e;, enjoying his quite well-deserved rest. But all at the same time he tries to crack the mystery of a manuscript leading to teeming treasures. By the way, Nicholas's rich kinswoman - aunt Cynthia - both paid for the cruise and sent the manuscript. But why in the world did she display such lavishness, as-yet unheard? One should always be in for surprises from remote relatives of the von Dorns-Fandorins... Here again the principle of historical parallels and analogies works - in the XVIII century, in the same waters, a caper frigate "e;Swallow"e; used to sail. To be sure, this coincidence is also not random.

Pelagia and the Black Monk

Pelagia and the Black Monk

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Strange and awful things begin to happen again in formerly the quietest and the safest Zavolzhsk province. Around remote Novo-Araratskiy monastery, in the very north of the region, rumours about some ghostly Black Monk proliferate and increase. This not only frightens random people, but can even bring them to death. But the real horror begins then, when all envoys of bishop Mitrofani, who were sent by him to the far monastery with the task of figuring the mysteries out at the scene, one by one die or at the best go insane. The bishop himself was laid low by dismay and grief. So, nun Pelagia starts out for far Novy Ararat, without permission and pastoral blessing...

Infant and the Devil

Infant and the Devil

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

The first book, or, as the author himself, Boris Akunin, called it - "e;film"e;, from the 10-series cycle "e;Bruderschaft with Death"e;. Almost the entire cycle represents exciting short stories, full of the most unexpected and incredible adventures, the action in them taking place in the years of World War I. "e;The Infant and the Devil"e; is a story of the confrontation between Russian and German military intelligence literally in the first days, or, rather, hours of the beginning of the war. A young student of mathematics Alexei Romanov unintentionally, out of ignorance, helps a German resident agent Sepp von Theofels escape. Having realized his awful error, Alexei asks the chief of Russian counterintelligence division to give him the chance to atone for his guilt and to let him participate in a further attempt of catching the spy. Will he be accorded such a permission, and will the elusive spy be catched red-handed?

Torment of a Broken Heart

Torment of a Broken Heart

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Alexei Romanov, already familiar to the reader from the first film of "e;Bruderschaft with Death"e;, enlists to the German front, in order to clear his skirts. But after being wounded, he is invalided out of the army. His quiet life isn't much of a success, either - Alexei's fiancee married another man. Full of despair, the young man is already about to take his own life, but, by way of chance, he is saved from suicide by first lieutenant Kozlovsky - the chief of the counterintelligence division from the first part. The first lieutenant suggests Alexei's taking part in a new operation of his service. It is necessary to get across to Switzerland, under the guise of strolling actors, and steal the inestimable card-index of agents from so called "e;Spy share market"e;. Will such a daring operation be a success? And what surprise, for Alexei himself, does the detailed card-index of spying agents hide?

Flying Elephant

Flying Elephant

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

And again the German spy and resident agent Sepp von Theofels tries, in every possible way, to do harm to the army of the Russian Empire. This time his goal is the newest domestically made super-aeroplane "e;Ilya Muromets"e;. Von Theofels longed not only for sabotaging the trial run of this aeroplane, converted to a powerful bomber, but also for destroying it. And, preferably, together with its implementer - Igor Sikorsky. But the Russian counterintelligence is out in the way of the star of German espionage. Plus the courageous crew of "e;Muromets"e;.

Wandering Man

Wandering Man

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

And again the hardened German spy Sepp von Theofels, together with his inseparable servant and bodyguard Timo, gets across to the territory of the Russian Empire. This time the goal of his elaborated covert operation, an ingenious and cunning one, is discrediting the head of Russian military counterintelligence - general Vladimir Zhukovski. In order not only to deprive this very service of its leader, but also to defame it in every possible way. But the "e;German genious"e; is again jeopardized by inquisitive Slavonic minds.

Let the Thunder of Victory Rumble!

Let the Thunder of Victory Rumble!

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

Alexei Romanov, who already rose to the rank of second lieutenant, receives a new assignment. He needs, with utmost care and accuracy, to deflect attention of German and Austrian spies away from so called "e;section 12"e;, by any means. Here, in strictest confidence and kept secret even from some local units, preparation for the well-known breakthrough of Austrian front by Russian troops begins. That one, which will go down in war history as the famous "e;Brusilov Offensive"e;. But this will happen later. And now the main question is - in what way to convince the hostile intelligence, believing to no one, of absolute quiet in "e;section 12"e;?..

Mariya, Maria...

Mariya, Maria...

Author: Boris Akunin Format: eBook Release Date: 05/03/2018

German intelligence, in the person of same old Joseph von Theofels, is designing a monstrous act of sabotage in the very heart of Black Sea Fleet - in Sevastopol. And it sounds like no one is already able to disturb plans of the Germans. Even Russian counterintelligence is quite lagging behind, this time. So, should one just throw in the towel now? Is it really impossible to save the "e;pearl"e; of the fleet - battleship "e;Imperatritsa Mariya"e;, remaining off the harbor, or the daughter of the commanding officer, commodore Ivan Kozeltsov, Maria? And what kind of astonishing secret does connect these two names - "e;Mariya"e; and Maria?

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