Fandorin has brought back with him some very odd habits (Morning ice baths? In Russia?) and a Japanese servant named Masa who owes Fandorin his life. The relationship is a delightful one, and Masa is as quirky as his master. As the stakes mount and the threats escalate, Fandorin finds himself in dicier situations than ever. This 19th century James Bond (without the girls) will charm you, and Akunin's writing will please you no end. This one's a 4, but you may rate it higher.
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