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Murder on the Leviathan

Murder on the Leviathan

Akunin is an outstanding novelist…Fandorin is a beautifully drawn character who more than lives up to comparisons with Hercule Poirot or Sherlock Holmes…The characters are delightful and you can imagine them in a Woody Allen version of an Agatha Christie novel…Akunin’s work is gloriously tongue-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time’ Daily Express

On 15th March 1878 Lord Littleby, an English eccentric and collector, is found murdered in his Paris house together with nine members of his staff. A gold whale in the victim’s hand leads Erast Fandorin to board the Leviathan, the world’s largest steamship, as the murderer is one of the 142 first class passengers.

Commissioner Gauche of the French police has narrowed down the suspects to ten, and they are forced to eat together at every meal time in the ship’s Windsor Suite until ‘the Crime of the Century’ is solved. But is the murderer really at the table, and can Erast Fandorin discover his or her identity before Gauche? As more passengers are murdered and the Leviathan heads towards Calcutta, Fandorin needs all his investigative skills to find the truth.

Read by William Hootkins

(p) 2004 Orion Publishing Group
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Modern & Contemporary Fiction (post C 1945)

On Sale: 21st July 2006

Price: £16.99

ISBN-13: 9780752886541

Reviews

Pastiche of the highest order, absurd and completely gripping at the same time
Sunday Times
Akunin is an outstanding novelist ... gloriously tongue-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time
Daily Express
Witty, thrilling and wholly unputdownable
Evening Standard
Clever and fun
The Times