Boris Akunin is the pen-name of
This is the first
American Roulette…You take a revolver and put in one cartridge. It’s stupid, but exciting. A shame the Americans thought of it before we did.
Erast gets himself into some dangerous situations where in a James Bond like way he is saved at the last minute. His investigations take him from Russia to London and back. In London he narrowly evades adding his corpse to the pollution of the Thames of London’s Docklands. The background detail is engaging but the plot is a little thin and gets a bit ludicrous in the second half of the book. I also found there were too many characters to follow the plot easily.
My rating 3 out of 5