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Author: Boris Akunin Narrator: Paul Michael Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Erast Fandorin Series Release Date: March 2005 ISBN: 9781415923573
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“[Akunin] writes gloriously pre-Soviet prose, sophisticated and suffused in Slavic melanchioly and thoroughly worthy of nineteenth-century forebearers like Gogol and Chekhov.”


It is 1877, and war has broken out between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. The Bulgarian front resounds with the thunder of cavalry charges, the roar of artillery, and the clash of steel on steel during the world’s last great horse-and-cannon conflict. Amid the treacherous atmosphere of a nineteenth-century Russian field army, former diplomat and detective extraordinaire Erast Fandorin finds his most confounding case.

It’s 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 find her respected comrade– and fiancé–Pyotr Yablokov, an army cryptographer. Even after Fandorin saves her life, Varya can hardly bear to thank such a “lackey of the throne” for his efforts.

But when Yablokov is accused of espionage and faces imprisonment and execution, Varya must turn to Fandorin to find the real culprit . . . a mission that forces her to reconsider his courage, deductive mind, and piercing gaze.

Filled with the same delicious detail, ingenious plotting, and subtle satire as The Winter Queen and Murder on the Leviathan, The Turkish Gambit confirms Boris Akunin’s status as a master of the historical thriller–and Erast Fandorin as a detective for the ages.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Intricate and marvelous . . . addictively dazzling . . . Akunin’s agile leaps of time, tone, and narrative style are matched by a frisky erudition: The book itself is a luxury literary cruise. Entertainment Weekly
  • Fiendishly witty . . . [Akunin] knows his Arthur Conan Doyle, and his Fandorin likes to indulge in showy displays of Holmesian observations. Time
  • A crafty puzzle in a sophisticated setting. The New York Times Book Review
  • A splendidly atmospheric story . . . as stylish as it is suspenseful. People
  • With a cast of eccentrics [and] a plot bristling with surprises . . . this is a novel that does Christie, Collins, and Conan Doyle proud. The Washington Post Book World
  • [Akunin] writes at a breakneck pace. . . . Murder on the Leviathan harks back gratifyingly to the cerebral nature of this genre. The New York Times

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Deanne | 6/18/2011

    " Very good still but I prefer there to be more of Erast, and it seemed to be more espionage and war than good old crime.
    Still I've got book three on my shelf. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dina | 2/14/2011

    " amazing i am just liking Akunin's work moreee and moreee an amazing story very interesting and really unexpected Fandorin's change of character impressed me from being an active investigator to calm and mysterious type hope everyone will enjoy it

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy | 1/23/2011

    " I liked his first book in this series, but I just can't seem to get interested in this one. The heroine is weak and stupid and the characters are too confusing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Racheli | 12/3/2010

    " Lovely read, most of all enjoyed hating/loving the characters, and of course trying to pin point the villain! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Viktoriya | 10/11/2010

    " Honestly, for the first a hundred or so pages I couldn't even figure out what exactly this book is about and where the mystery is. Still an easy read though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Crotijak | 5/16/2010

    " It's so retro that its oddly fun,you read it and forget it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Angie | 5/9/2010

    " Different approach, with Fandorin as a more secondary character and more about international intrigue and war than a police procedural. "

About the Author

Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Shalvovich Chkhartishvili, a Russian writer of Georgian origin. He is best known as writer of detective and historical fiction, but he is also an essayist and literary translator. The author of the Erast Fandorin mystery series and several others series, he has become one of the most widely read authors in Russia.

About the Narrator

Paul Michael, winner of several Earphones Awards, has also won the prestigious Audie Award for best narration. He has acted on stage, radio, television, and in feature films in Canada, Great Britain, and the United States. He has had leading roles in series and made-for-television movies and has guest starred in such series as VIP and Alias. He has been nominated for a Canadian Emmy and has recorded over 150 audiobooks, including the international bestseller The Da Vinci Code.