Akunin's novels are a fasciating mixture of pathos and pastiche; his characters are larger than life but never absurd...as ingenious as the earlier Fandorin novels and full of clever and unexpected twists.
An unpredictable, swift-moving and imaginative piece of crime fiction.
Boris Akunin shows how it should be done ... an absurdly imaginative story, surreal and comic ... irresistible
Fandorin is an impossibly heroic figure ... irresistible
The beguiling, super-brainy, sexy, unpredictable Fandorin is a creation like no other in crime fiction
Extraordinarily readable, full of incident and excitement, swift-moving and told with a sparkling light-heartedness which is impossible to resist