Sunday, July 12, 2009

A gentle axe by R.N. Morris

St Petersburg in the winter of 1866.
Two frozen bodies are found in Petrovsky Park - a dwarf neatly packed in a suitcase, and a burly peasant hanging from a tree. Police Detective Porfiry Petrovich begins his investigation in the city's squalid brothels and drinking dens but is soon led into an altogether more genteel stratum of society - and to a shocking discovery which reveals the darkest reserves of the Russian soul.
I am intriged enough by this to read the follow up A Vengeful Longing. Lovely and grisly low tech forensics going on and the descriptions of the living conditions makes it easier to understand how the Bolsheviks alternative model for society was so appealing to so many!
Rating - I give this 4/5 GREAT!!
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Reviewed by Sarah @ Hamilton library

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