By Boris Akunin
Paris, 1878: Eccentric antiquarian Lord Littleby and his ten servants are stumbled on murdered in Littleby’s mansion at the rue de Grenelle, and a precious Indian scarf is lacking. Police commissioner “Papa” Gauche recovers just one piece of proof from the crime scene: a golden key formed like a whale. Gauche quickly deduces that the secret is in truth a price tag of passage for the Leviathan, a huge steamship quickly to leave Southampton on its maiden voyage to Calcutta. The assassin needs to be between its passengers.
In Cairo, the send is boarded through a tender Russian diplomat with a surprise of white hair—none except Erast Fandorin, the distinguished detective of Boris Akunin’s The iciness Queen. The sleuth joins forces with Gauche to figure out which of ten unticketed passengers at the Leviathan is the rue de Grenelle killer.
Tipping his hat to Agatha Christie, Akunin assembles a colourful solid of suspects—including a secretive eastern health practitioner, a professor who focuses on infrequent Indian artifacts, a pregnant Swiss girl, and an English aristocrat with an urge for food for gathering Asian treasures—all of whom are con?ned jointly until eventually the crime is solved. because the Leviathan steams towards Calcutta, will Fandorin have the ability to out-investigate Gauche and realize who the killer is, at the same time the ship’s passengers are murdered, one after the other?
Already a global sensation, Boris Akunin’s most modern page-turner transports the reader again to the glamorous, risky previous in a richly atmospheric story of suspense at the excessive seas.
From the Hardcover edition.