Varya, a revolutionary and completely opposed to the monarchy, thinks the handsome, boyish Fandorin is a despicable lackey of the crown. Finding a niche amongst a collection of international journalists, Varya witnesses the eddies of war, the cruelties and the unpredictability. Before long, when her fiance is accused of treason, she must trust Fandorin to extricate him. But the agent has far more serious matters to concentrate upon: a skillful secret agent is working to defeat Russia utterly. Another 5 for this delightful character. Few people think much about the translation, but my hat's off to Andrew Bromfield, who has turned all the Fandorin books into perfect, polished gems that we English-speakers can enjoy.
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