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Winter Queen (Erast Fandorin 1)

The Winter Queen - Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield This is another Christmas gift from my friend Mike, who has excellent taste. Very junior police official Erast Fandorin is on the case in Tsarist Russia of a series of suicide attempts that ends all too successfully. Naturally it all leads to an international organization bent on world manipulation, with Fandorin hot, if a little cluelessly on the trail.Not everyone is who they seem, and being a Russian story, everyone has at least three or four variants of their names, and at times, you are upset that Fandorin takes his eye off the ball and doesn't suspect who the big bad obviously must be. His lapses, however, are forgivable, especially after you read the shocking conclusion and realize this is very much an origin story.