Boris Akunin is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the Republic of George in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, Akunin published his first detective novel in 1998 and has gone on to become one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He is the author of the Fandorin mysteries, including The Winter Queen, which was a finalist for the CWA Silver Dagger Award, and the Sister Pelagia series. He lives in London, Paris, and Andalusia.
Praise for The Coronation: "Akunin's brilliance lies in taking the elements of a classic detective story and imbuing them with a poignant emotional complexity."--Sunday Times (UK) "Fandorin is there to provide the solution, rescue the missing child and--in common with the reader--have a lot of fun."--Times (UK) "A novel as crammed with delights as the Tsarina's jewel box."--Daily Telegraph (UK) "Enjoyable and very fast-paced. Akunin's sense of place is undeniably vivid . . . The Coronation may be my favorite of the Fandorin novels so far . . . A very good read."--Crime Segments "Every single one of these Fandorin books are supreme fun, and this is no exception. They indeed get better and better with each one. Akunin's writing is sprightly, very witty, and supremely literate. The novels are exciting, hilarious, full of adventure, and very, very clever . . . Akunin has a superbly enjoyable style: it's idiosyncratic in the same way that Andrea Camilleri's style is . . . The Coronation is very highly recommended indeed--as are all his books. They're great fun, full of excitement and adventure, wonderful characters, and are highly intellectually engaging as well. What more could you want?"--EuroCrime (UK) Praise for Boris Akunin: "Brimming with adventure and extraordinary vitality."--Anne Perry, on The State Counsellor "A relentless page-turner. The 19th century that Mr. Akunin depicts is pulsing with irresistible energy. From dastardly terrorists to sultry femme fatales, Akunin's Moscow is a porto-noir paradise cut through with a decidedly Russian sense of futility . . . Fun and entertaining."--New York Journal of Books, on The State Counsellor "It is difficult to convey the breadth of influence that Boris Akunin has on Russian society . . . In scope, think of Akunin as the J.K. Rowling of Russia--in style, perhaps somewhere between Dorothy Dunnett and Robert Ludlum."--Daily Beast