Monday, June 5, 2017

The State Counsellor: A Fandorin Mystery by Boris Akunin

Fandorin finds himself accused of murder.  Someone had imitated him and killed the new Governor General of Siberia.  It doesn't take long before they realize it was not him.  But who was it and how did he know the Governor General would be on that train?

Mysterious Press and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It will be published July 4th.

This is a tale of the princes, politics, political favors and positions of power versus the Resistance.  Those at the top want the resisters to go away.  Those at the bottom use bombs, weapons and their brains to steal money or assassinate their enemies.

Fandorin finds himself in the middle of more than one power play by the politicians. He knows someone in the establishment is feeding information to the Resistance but he can't figure out who.  As time goes on, more people die, more money is stolen and more people gain and lose power.  Soon Fandorin is on his own, his benefactor has been removed from office.  He doesn't stop looking for the traitor.

Crooked officials are everywhere.  There are more killings, several positions open up and new people are happy to fill them.  By the end of the story, the whole political system in Moscow has changed.  So has Fandorin.  Life in Moscow will go on but it will do it without Fandorin.

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