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W&N Crime / Thriller HB October £20.00 320pp 978 1 474 60440 6 eBook: £20.00 / 978 1 474 60442 0 Audio: £19.99 / 978 1 409 16756 3 / 10 hrs

‘A popular hero to equal Sherlock Holmes and James Bond’ – The Times

BORIS AKUNIN All the World’s a Stage

Erast Fandorin returns in the penultimate instalment of the hugely popular historical mystery series that began with The Winter Queen.

Fandorin receives a phone call to say a woman is in great danger. Eliza Altairsky-Lointaine, the lead actress in a Moscow theatre troupe, is the estranged wife of a descendant of Genghis Khan. Her ex-husband has vowed to kill anyone who courts her, and has already killed two would-be suitors. But the mystery deepens when strange messages begin arriving at the theatre, and another killer appears to be in the frame.

When Fandorin watches Eliza on stage for the first time, he falls desperately in love . . . But can he solve the case – and win over Eliza – without falling victim to the murderer he is trying to find?

• a very welcome return for Erast Fandorin, who appeared to die at the end of The Diamond Chariot (2011).

• TV rights for the Fandorin series have been optioned in association with the bbC.

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 eighteen million copies in Russia alone.

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Location: Tower Hamlets, London

W&N Fiction • October 2017