By Boris Akunin, Andrew Bromfield
Fandorin returns in a swashbuckling story of abduction and intrigue, set through the build-up to the coronation of Tsar Nicholas II.
Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich arrives in Moscow for the coronation, with 3 of his childrens. in the course of a day walk, daughter Xenia is dragged away via bandits, in basic terms to be rescued by means of a sublime gentleman and his oriental sidekick. The passing heroes introduce themselves as Fandorin and Masa, yet panic ensues once they realize that four-year previous Mikhail has been snatched within the confusion.
A ransom letter arrives from a global legal tough the handover of the count number Orlov, an immense diamond at the royal sceptre that's because of play an element within the coronation. Can the gentleman detective locate Mikhail in time?
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As it happens, in all the forty-six years of my life I have never been in the ‘white stone capital’ before, although I have travelled round the world quite extensively. The fact is, in our family Asiatic manners are not regarded favourably, and the only place in the whole of Russia acknowledged as being even slightly decent is St Petersburg. Our relations with the governor general of Moscow, Simeon Alexandrovich, are cool, and so we have no reason to spend time in the old capital. We usually even travel to Miskhor Grange in the Crimea by a roundabout route, via Minsk, since Georgii Alexandrovich likes to shoot a few bison in the Beloverzhsk forest reserve along the way.
Georgii Alexandrovich did not show it, but I think he felt no less indignant than I did at such a clear affront. It was a good thing at least that Her Highness, the Grand Duchess Ekaterina Ioannovna, had stayed in St Petersburg – she is so zealous about the subtle points of ritual and maintaining the dignity of the royal family. The epidemic of measles that had laid low the four middle sons – Alexei Georgievich, Sergei Georgievich, Dmitry Georgievich and Konstantin Georgievich – prevented Her Highness, an exemplary and loving mother, from taking part in the coronation, the supreme event in the life of the state and the imperial family.
It all happened so quickly, so very quickly. The very instant the shots roared out, he was flung back against the cable. He dropped his little revolver, clutched at the shaky handrail and froze on the spot, with his head thrown back. I caught a momentary glimpse of a white face, bisected by a black strip of moustache, before it disappeared behind the black mantle. ’ I shouted, calling him by his given name and patronymic for the first time. Or did I only mean to shout? The precarious decking swayed beneath his feet.