The Turkish Gambit

Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
“[An] elegantly spun yarn . . . Akunin’s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted.”
–The Providence Journal

It is 1877, and war has broken out between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. In the treacherous atmosphere of a Russian field army, former diplomat and detective extraordinaire Erast Fandorin stumbles upon his most confounding case. Its difficulties are only compounded by the presence of Varya Suvorova, a deadly serious (and seriously beautiful) woman with revolutionary ideals who has disguised herself as a boy in order to reunite with her respected comrade and fiancé. Even after Fandorin saves her life, Varya can hardly bear to thank such a “lackey of the throne” for his efforts. When Varya’s fiancé is accused of espionage and faces execution, however, she must turn to Fandorin to find the real culprit . . . a mission that forces her to reckon with his courage, deductive mind, and piercing gaze.



In which a progressive woman finds herself in a quite desperate situation

la revue parisienne (Paris)

14 (2) July 1877

Our correspondent, now already in his second week with the Russian Army of the Danube, informs us that in his order of the day for yesterday, 1st July (13th July...
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“Akunin’s mystery [series] is wildly popular in his homeland, and deservedly so. His plots are intricate. . . . Impressive.”
–The New Yorker

“An exquisitely filigreed thriller . . . delicious.”
–Entertainment Weekly

“This sophisticated mystery is a marvel.”
–The Boston Globe

“Fandorin delves with his customary mix of taciturn superiority and apparent bewilderment. He is a delightful character like no other in crime fiction.”
–The Times (London)