He writes a cracking good story, full of vivid and interesting characters, and the pace never flags for a moment.
A brilliant and witty discovery!
Speedy is a marvellous creation, and Fandorin suitably opaque; the gangsters are variously grim and the aptly named femme fatale is a tidy piece of work.
Boris Akunin shows how it should be done ... an absurdly imaginative story, surreal and comic ... irresistible
Erast Fandorin is a delightful character like no other in crime fiction
Akunin is an outstanding novelist ... Gloriously tongue-in-cheek but seriously edge-of-your-seat at the same time
Self-indulgently enjoyable ... [Akunin's] artfully constructed novel also nods in thr direction of Arthur Conan Doyle
A special treat for Akunin's fans