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The State Counsellor

The State Counsellor

(2008)
(The sixth book in the Erast Fandorin series)
A novel by

 
The reactionary Adjutant General Khrapov, newly appointed governor-general of Siberia and soon-to-be minister of the interior, is murdered in his official saloon carriage on his way from St. Petersburg to Moscow. The killer, disguised as Fandorin, boards the train at Klin, where it has been delayed by snowdrifts on the line. He leaves a knife bearing the initials "CG" (Combat Group) thrust up to the hilt in his victim's chest and escapes through the window of the carriage. Fandorin is first arrested for the crime, but quickly released when the train pulls into Moscow and the General's staff realise their blunder. The murder threatens the career of Prince Dolgorukoi, Moscow's elderly governor-general, and Fandorin's greatest fan. He asks Fandorin to investigate, even though someone new, Prince Pozharsky, has been sent from St. Petersburg to head the investigation. The head of the CG is a man named Mr. Green, the son of a Jewish pharmacist whose family suffered very badly from the pogroms. He bears a grudge and, together with his fellow revolutionaries, seeks vengeance. He is a man of steel, who has toughened himself so much that he is a worthy, and daunting, adversary.However, this is a battle between good and evil and Fandorin reminds us that two wrongs never make a right as he battles against Green in a test of wills.

The mystery surrounds the mole: who is the leak? And what motivates them? This is what Fandorin must find out, even if it means that he places his own lover, the fiery Esfir, under suspician. In the end, Fandorin becomes so disillusioned that he walks away from promotion, and to the life of a civilian, at last.

Genre: Historical Mystery
 
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Hardback Editions

January 2008 : UK Hardback
Title: The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 6)
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-297-84823-2 / 978-0-297-84823-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Paperback Editions

January 2009 : UK Paperback
Title: The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin 6)
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-7538-2642-9 / 978-0-7538-2642-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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July 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The State Counsellor
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-7538-2458-2 / 978-0-7538-2458-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: Phoenix
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January 2008 : UK Paperback
Title: The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-297-85290-6 / 978-0-297-85290-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: W&N
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Audio Editions

August 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: The State Counsellor
Author(s): Boris Akunin
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
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August 2008 : UK Audio edition
Title: The State Counsellor
Author(s): Boris Akunin
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2008 : UK Audio Cassette
Title: The State Counsellor
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-7531-3197-8 / 978-0-7531-3197-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

August 2008 : UK Audio CD
Title: The State Counsellor
Author(s): Boris Akunin
ISBN: 0-7531-3198-6 / 978-0-7531-3198-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: ISIS Audio Books
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

August 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The State Counsellor: Further Adventures of Fandorin (Erast Fandorin Book 6)
Author(s): Boris Akunin
Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson
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