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A gentle axe - a St Petersburg mystery
R. N. Morris
Paperback / softback
Faber & Faber
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St Petersburg. Winter. 1867. Two frozen bodies are found in an isolated corner of Petrovsky Park. The first
that of a dwarf
has been packed neatly in a suitcase, a deep wound splitting his skull in two. The second body, of a burly peasant, is hanging from a nearby tree, a bloody axe tucked into his belt. The detective Porfiry Petrovich, in his first murder case since Dostoevskys Crime and Punishment, suspects the truth may be more complex than others wish him to believe. His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels and drinking dens of the citys Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society. Atmospheric and tense from its dramatic opening to its shocking climax.

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Born in Manchester in 1960, R.N. Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. He read Classics at Cambridge University. One of his stories, The Devil's Drum, has been turned into a one-act opera, which was performed at the Purcell Room in London's South Bank. Another, Revenants, was published as a comic book.

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Police - Russia - Saint Petersburg - Fiction.|Saint Petersburg (Russia) - History - To 1917 - Fiction.|Detective and mystery stories.
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