An] elegantly spun yarn . . . Akunin s wonderful novels are always intricately webbed and plotted.
The Providence Journal
It is 1877, and war has broken out between Russia and the Ottoman Empire. In the treacherous atmosphere of a Russian field army, former diplomat and detective extraordinaire Erast Fandorin stumbles upon his most confounding case. Its difficulties are only compounded by the presence of Varya Suvorova, a deadly serious (and seriously beautiful) woman with revolutionary ideals who has disguised herself as a boy in order to reunite with her respected comrade and fiance. Even after Fandorin saves her life, Varya can hardly bear to thank such a lackey of the throne for his efforts. When Varya s fiance is accused of espionage and faces execution, however, she must turn to Fandorin to find the real culprit . . . a mission that forces her to reckon with his courage, deductive mind, and piercing gaze."
The Turkish Gambit
Random House Publishing Group