Boris Akunin's Erast Fandorin series is growing in sales with each new book. The first in the series, The Winter Queen has sold over 50,000 in paperback and Murder on the Leviathan has already equalled those figures This series has the enormous potential of the Number One Ladies Detective agency books of Alexander McCall Smith 'A tale of derring-do, full of sieges, ambushes and cavalry charges' TLS 'What Akunin's books have in common is charm, elegant writing, abundant wit - and Erast Fandorin...He is a delightful character like no other in crime fiction' The Times 'Probably the best so far...sheer swashbuckling frenzy, perhaps in the style of George MacDonald Fraser...great fun' Time Out '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' Sunday Times
Boris Akunin is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili. He translated Japanese texts before the worldwide success of his Fandorin series. He lives in Moscow.
'[Farndorin is] surely the most engagingly diffident detective since Sherlock Holmes. The descriptive details is wonderful, too, bringing to life a range if military types who would not be out of place in War and Peace.' -- Christina Koning TIMES (1.10.05) 'an exciting gallop through 19th-century Europe complete with parodic characters and outrageous moustaches. Derring is done and buckles swashed, while at the book's heart lies a melancholic and believable detective - and it works. Fandorin is a fascinating character and this is an excellent read.' TELEGRAPH (15.10.05) 'great entertainment.' OBSERVER 'Boris Akunin's famous detective,Erast Fandorin, combines the elegance of Lord Peter Wimsey, the sangfroid of James Bond and the uncanny intellect of Sherlock Holmes.' SUNDAY TELEGRAPH (20.11.05) 'Turkish Gambit is an excellent historical pastiche...Akunin sets and maintains a cracking pace, and the result - intricately plotted, full of chicanery, and genuinely funny - is hugely entertaining.' -- Laura Wilson GUARDIAN (3.12.05)