Random House, 2003.

First published in Russian. Review published Feb 2017.

Set in Russia, 1876, this is a delightful account of the marvellous adventures of a young man, Erast Fandorin, son of a policeman, who starts up the ladder at the 14th rank of collegiate registrar.

If anything is certain in this book, it's that change is just around the corner. A mysterious suicide by "American Roulette" attracts the attention of young Fandorin, who keeps peeling the layers of this mysterious onion, finding evidence of more and more dire criminal or nihilistic or revolutionary activity penetrating higher and higher levels of Czarist Russian society.

It's a quick and engrossing read, causing the reader to utter snickers of content at each denouement of the plot.

I highly recommend it.