By Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield
Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are discovered murdered in Littleby’s mansion at the rue de Grenelle, and a helpful Indian scarf is lacking. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers just one piece of proof from the crime scene: a golden key formed like a whale. Gauche quickly deduces that the bottom line is actually a price tag of passage for the Leviathan, a huge steamship quickly to go away Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The assassin has to be between its passengers.
In Cairo, the send is boarded through a tender Russian diplomat with a surprise of white hair—none except Erast Fandorin, the distinguished detective of Boris Akunin’s The wintry weather Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to figure out which of ten unticketed passengers at the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer.
Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colourful solid of suspects—including a secretive jap health care provider, a professor who makes a speciality of infrequent Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss girl, and an English aristocrat with an urge for food for gathering Asian treasures—all of whom are con?ned jointly till the crime is solved. because the Leviathan steams towards Calcutta, will Fandorin manage to out-investigate Gauche and detect who the killer is, at the same time the ship’s passengers are murdered, one after the other?
Already a global sensation, Boris Akunin’s newest page-turner transports the reader again to the glamorous, risky previous in a richly atmospheric story of suspense at the excessive seas.
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