The latest book in the internationally bestselling Erast Fandorin Mysteries series
'Readers can expect prime Akunin - ingenious, twisty, exotic' Daily Mail
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
BORIS AKUNIN is the pseudonym of Grigory Chkhartishvili.
He has been compared to Gogol, Tolstoy and Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Erast Fandorin books have sold over forty million copies around the world.
He lives in London.
The Erast Fandorin detective novels are always meaty, packed with historical detail, old-fashioned in the best sense and intricately plotted. Readers can expect prime Akunin - ingenious, twisty, at times digressive, exotic - a challenge to which his translator, Andrew Bromfield, rises magnificently. — Daily Mail
One of the most distinctive characters in historical crime fiction... Twenty years after his debut, Fandorin remains a thoroughly engaging hero — Sunday Times