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 valuable Indian scarf is lacking. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers just one piece of facts from the crime scene: a golden key formed like a whale. Gauche quickly deduces that the hot button is actually a price tag of passage for the Leviathan, a big steamship quickly to go away Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The assassin needs to be between its passengers.
In Cairo, the send is boarded by means of a tender Russian diplomat with a surprise of white hair—none except Erast Fandorin, the distinguished detective of Boris Akunin’s The iciness 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 forged of suspects—including a secretive jap medical professional, a professor who makes a speciality of infrequent Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss lady, and an English aristocrat with an urge for food for amassing 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 become aware of 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 most recent page-turner transports the reader again to the glamorous, risky earlier in a richly atmospheric story of suspense at the excessive seas.
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