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A Gentle Axe By R. N. Morris (author)

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Two frozen bodies are found in an isolated corner of Petrovsky Park. The detective Porfiry Petrovich suspects the truth may be more complex than others wish him to believe. His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels and drinking dens of the city's Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society.
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A Gentle Axe: St Petersburg Mystery by R. N. Morris (author)

St. Petersburg, Winter, 1867 - Two frozen bodies are found in an isolated corner of Petrovsky Park. The first - that of a dwarf - has been packed neatly in a suitcase, a deep wound splitting his skull in two. The second body, of a burly peasant, is hanging from a nearby tree, a bloody axe tucked into his belt. The detective Porfiry Petrovich, in his first murder case since Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", suspects the truth may be more complex than others wish him to believe. His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels and drinking dens of the city's Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society. Atmospheric and tense from its dramatic opening to its shocking climax.

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A Gentle Axe Reviews


"A satisfyingly grisly yarn, mawkish and macabre. CSI: St. Petersburg"" -"The New York Times Book Review" ""The Gentle Axe" is a deftly plotted, enjoyable literary thriller." -"The Washington Post" "A smart, hypnotizing tale of crime and duplicity. . . . Genuinely pleasurable." -"The New York Sun" "Lush, and exceptionally compelling, but take your time-R. N. Morris's "The Gentle Axe" has a vast depth of Russian soul: mysterious, compassionate, and utterly irresistible." -Alan Furst, author of "The Foreign Correspondent" "The anti-Sherlock Holmes." -"The Philadelphia Inquirer"

About R. N. Morris (author)


R.N. Morris lives in North London with his wife and two young children. He read Classics at Cambridge University and makes his living as a a freelance copywriter. One of his stories, The Devil's Drum, was turned into a one-act opera, which was performed at the Purcell Room on London's South Bank.

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GOR003252633
A Gentle Axe: St Petersburg Mystery by R. N. Morris (author)
R. N. Morris (author)
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Faber & Faber
2007-02-01
356
0571232051
9780571232055
N/A
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