Special Assignments

The Decorator is a different case altogether: A savage serial killer who believes he cleans the women he mutilates and takes his orders from on high, he must be given Fandorin's most serious attentions. In both of them, there is an assistant, who is apparently going to be the permanent narrator from now on.

Peopled by a rich cast of eccentric characters, and with plots that are as surprising as they are inventive, Special Assignments will delight Akunin's many fans, while challenging the gentleman sleuth's brilliant powers of detection. The first story pits Fandorin against an ace con man, who has been duping people out of their money for ages.

This is a fun story from beginning to end, with both Fandorin and the con man trying to dupe one another in a game of human chess.

The second story concerns Jack The Ripper moving to Russia.

What to Expect Each novel is written as a different type of mystery.

Akunin set out to rectify the low-brow reputation of the mystery genre in post-USSR Russia by writing worthy literature and exploring the wide gamut of sub-genres.

I didn't like Another good entry in the Erast Fandorin series. In both of them, there is an assistant, who is apparently going to be the permanent narrator from now on.

The first story pits Fandorin against an ace con man, who has been duping people out of their money for ages.

In story #1, "The Jack of Spades," Fandorin is up against a clever con man whose calling card is the jack of spades.

He leaves it behind when he has pulled off a very successful swindle, and things come to a head when an Englishman is swindled out of a huge amount of money that the government must repay. This one was pretty light hearted and very enjoyable to read.

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