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Akunin, Boris. CORONATION - Weidenfeld & Nicolson 2009

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Coronation by Boris Akunin. 2009 - Weidenfeld & Nicolson. 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, Coronation by Boris Akunin, published in 2009 by Weidenfeld & Nicolson.

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Title Coronation
Author Boris Akunin
Publisher Weidenfeld & Nicolson
Edition First UK edition, first printing
Copyright Year 2000
ISBN 9780297848240
Cover Price 16.99
No. Pages 311
Dimensions 22 cm x 14 cm
Weight (kg) 0.5

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

The book has black 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 not excessively toned, have no tears or creases, and the binding is tight and square.

The fine dust jacket is complete showing the original cover price of £16.99.

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

Grand Duke Georgii Alexandrovich arrives in Moscow for the coronation, accompanied by three of his children and their alluring governess, Mademoiselle Declique. During an afternoon stroll, daughter Xenia is dragged away by bandits, only to be rescued by an elegant gentleman and his oriental sidekick. The passing heroes introduce themselves as Fandorin and Masa, but panic ensues when they realise that four-year old Mikhail has been snatched in the confusion.

A ransom letter arrives from Dr Lind, an international criminal and the Moriarty to Fandorin's Sherlock Holmes. The letter demands the handover of the Count Orlov, an enormous diamond on the royal sceptre which is due to play a part in the coronation. Fandorin suggests that the value of the stone is paid in 'installments', buying the party a week to ensure the young boy's safe return.

But can the gentleman detective find Mikhail in time, or will the Grand Duke's son meet with the same gruesome fate as Lind's last abductee - whom Fandorin could do nothing to save? Will Fandorin succumb to the affections of Xenia? And why is he falling to his death on the very first page? Our inimitable hero returns in a tantalisingly closely-matched battle of wills and of wiles.

Reviews of this title


Fandorin is there to provide the solution, rescue the missing child and - in common with the reader - have a lot of fun (Marcel Berlins THE TIMES)

Erast Petrovich lives to fight another day, and for his many aficionados that can only be a good thing (Simon Akan NEW STATESMAN)

a novel as crammed with delights as the Tsarina's jewel box (Jake Kerridge DAILY TELEGRAPH)

Akunin's brilliance lies in taking the elements of a classic detective story and imbuing them with a poignant emotional complexity" (Joan Smith SUNDAY TIMES)

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