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Akunin, Boris. LEVIATHAN - Orion 2004

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Leviathan by Boris Akunin. 2004 - Orion. For sale is a first edition, first printing. fine used hardback book in a fine dust jacket.

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For sale is a fine hardback copy of the novel, Leviathan by Boris Akunin, published in 2004 by Orion.

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Title Leviathan
Author Boris Akunin
Publisher Orion
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 1998
ISBN 0297645528
Cover Price 9.99
No. Pages 320
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.47

The book is a first edition, first printing as evidenced by no mention of later editions on the copyright page.

The book has red boards and gold lettering. The boards have no knocks or signs of wear. Internally there are no marks or inscriptions. The pages are clean and white, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £9.99.

Overall a fine copy of a novel by a popular author.

The book is not an ex library book, it has no remainder marks or publisher's stamps.

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Boris Akunin

BORIS AKUNIN is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the Republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, Akunin published his first detective stories in 1998 and has already become one of the most widely read authors in Russia.

He is the author of eleven Erast Fandorin novels, including The Winter Queen, The Turkish Gambit, Murder on the Leviathan, The Death of Achilles, and Special Assignments, available from Random House Trade Paperbacks; and Sister Pelagia and the White Bulldog and Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, in the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in Moscow.

Synopsis of this title

On 15th March 1878 Lord Littleby, an English eccentric and collector, is found murdered in his Paris house together with nine members of his staff. A gold whale in the victim's hand leads Erast Fandorin to board the Leviathan, the world's largest steamship, as the murderer is one of the 142 First Class passengers. Commissioner Gauche of the French police has narrowed down the suspects to ten, and they are forced to eat together at every meal time in the ship's Windsor Suite until 'the Crime of the Century' is solved. But is the murderer really seated around the table, and can Erast Fandorin discover his or her identity before Gauche? As more passengers are murdered and Leviathan heads towards Calcutta, Fandorin needs all his investigative skills to find the truth.

Boris Akunin's latest page-turner again transports the reader back to the late nineteenth century. In LEVIATHAN he pays homage to Agatha Christie with a cast of characters and a plot which grips you from the first page.

Reviews of this title


'Totally absorbing.'
HOT STARS (OK MAGAZINE) - 27 March - 2 April

'[Akunin's} skill is such that he has fashioned a gripping page-turner from the improbabilities and extravagances of his plot. LEVIATHAN look set to create yet more fans for this most adaptable of heroes.'

'This is a book you want to gallop through, pitting your wits against the author, desperate to find out who did it. At the same time, the accomplished writing (translated by Andrew Bromfield) is well worth lingering over.
DAILY MAIL (2.4.04)

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