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St Petersburg. 1870. A child factory worker is mysteriously abducted. A society beauty is sensationally murdered. Two very different crimes show up the deep fissures in Russian society of the late tsarist period. The first is barely noticed by the authorities. The latter draws the full investigative might of St Petersburg's finest, led by magistrate Porfiry Petrovich.The dSt Petersburg. 1870. A child factory worker is mysteriously abducted. A society beauty is sensationally murdered. Two very different crimes show up the deep fissures in Russian society of the late tsarist period. The first is barely noticed by the authorities. The latter draws the full investigative might of St Petersburg's finest, led by magistrate Porfiry Petrovich.The dead woman had powerful friends - including at least one member of the Romanov family -- so when the tsar's notorious secret police becomes involved, it seems that both crimes may have a political -- not to say revolutionary -- aspect. A trail of missing children leads to a shocking discovery that takes Porfiry inside the Winter Palace for a confrontation with the Tsar himself. The usually incisive magistrate grows increasingly unsure what to believe, who to trust and how to proceed. His very life appears to be in danger, though from whom he can't be sure ......

Title : A Razor Wrapped in Silk
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ISBN : 9780571254286
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Number of Pages : 304 Pages
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A Razor Wrapped in Silk Reviews

  • Rebecca Huston
    2018-12-29 05:44

    A tale that involves factory workers, a teacher, a murdered actress and her catatonic sister in Tsarist St. Petersburg, with the return of two investigators, Porfiry Petrovich and Virginsky, in a conspiracy that stretches all the way to Tsar Alexander II's study. Complicated, with plenty of twists and lots of psychology, I found this involved enough to enjoy and while there are some distasteful subjects herein, it's certainly not a dull or predictable mystery. Four stars overall, recommended. For the longer review please go to this link:

  • David Bisset
    2019-01-05 02:06

    The book has a strong depiction of place and period. The plot is complex and twisting. Porfry is well presented in the development of Crime and Punishment. The ending is rather melodramatic!

  • Sue Perry
    2019-01-12 05:05

    I nearly gave up on this book after a couple of chapters because of the overblown descriptions. It did improve once the action started and I quite enjoyed the characters and story. I especially liked the idiosyncratic magistrate/detective in this story and think it would make a good tv drama.

  • Janine
    2019-01-01 01:54

    Good novel full of twists and turns, and complete with a gruesome ending for a character, thats got to hurt!! Enjoying this series of novels.

  • Sera
    2019-01-18 02:51

    A good entertaining read - better than many, but not 'great'.

  • Elizabeth A.
    2019-01-06 04:07

    "Can you make anyone confess to anything?” – Captain MizinchikovGiven his long and illustrious track record of solving even the most baffling of cases, said question is a fair one to be posed to Investigating Magistrate Porfiry Petrovich. Yet, A Razor Wrapped in Silk, the third outing for Fyodor Dostoevsky’s famous investigator under the skillful hand of author R.N. Morris, finds Porfiry Petrovich challenged with solving two seemingly unrelated cases and, for the first time, beginning to question his skills as an investigator.The intrigue begins when Petrovich is approached with a request from a privileged young woman to investigate the disappearance of several children. Barely more than indentured servants working long hours in a factory under horrendous conditions, disposable in the eyes of society at large, their absence was noticed by the young woman when the children stopped showing up for lessons at her free school.Petrovich agrees to look into the matter, but when another young woman from the world of the aristocracy is murdered shortly thereafter while attending a play the full resources of the police force are brought to bear on that case, and the missing children investigation falls by the wayside.As his investigation of the society murder progresses Petrovich begins to see connections between it and the missing children, connections that bring Petrovich into conflict with both the disdainful aristocracy and the distrustful revolutionaries, and which ultimately set Petrovich on a collision course with the Tsar himself.The investigations make for a great detective story in and of themselves but, as with the previous two entries in the series, where A Razor Wrapped in Silk truly shines is in author R.N. Morris’ exquisite portrayal of both time and place. Set in 1870 Saint Petersburg, Russia, A Razor Wrapped in Silk gives readers a fascinating look at the very disparate living conditions and opportunities that existed during a time when a society and nation were on the verge of historic upheaval, and where one’s position in the socioeconomic hierarchy greatly affected not only how you were treated in life, but also in death.From the grim conditions in the factories just taking hold to the opulence of The Winter Palace, Morris masterfully brings Saint Petersburg and its inhabitants to life. Every detail rings true, every character a perfect reflection of their position in a society clearly divided between the haves and have-nots, with the wonderfully single-minded and eccentric Porfiry Petrovich acting as a bridge between the two worlds.If you are a fan of Crime and Punishment I strongly urge you to jump into this series (you don’t have to start at the beginning). Interestingly, if you despise Crime and Punishment – or couldn’t even get through it at gunpoint in high school – I actually encourage you even more to try this series. While he’s borrowed Porfiry Petrovich from Dostoevsky, Morris has put his own stamp on the character. It’s a subtle one, but made a crucial difference to me as someone who was, at best, indifferent on Crime and Punishment before discovering Morris’ fresh take on the character.So go ahead, take a trip to Russia. Not only is there a great series waiting for you, but you may (re)discover an appreciation for one of the all time classic works of literature in the process.

  • Sid Nuncius
    2019-01-14 08:08

    I enjoyed this book - the first of Morris's I had read. Set in Tsarist St. Petersburg in 1870, it is effectively a police procedural with Porfiry Petrovich, Dostoyevsky's detective created in Crime and Punishment, as the main protagonist. It is well written with an engaging central character and a fairly interesting rather than utterly gripping narrative. What gives this book its distinctive character is the setting which Morris manages very well. He settles on a style which conveys the manners and mores of the time and this maintains the atmosphere very convincingly. The historical and political background seem well done (although my very scanty knowledge of 19th Century Russia doesn't make me a good judge of this) and it was this aspect I enjoyed most.The plot itself is, frankly, pretty run-of-the-mill. Many of the familiar elements of the genre are trotted out: Crimes With No Obvious Link To Each Other, The Obvious Suspect, Political Pressure, Detective Under Threat, Not Knowing Whom He Can Trust, Implausible Flashes Of Intuition and, of course, a rather ludicrous Tense Climax. There is an odd, almost irrelevant sub-plot about ownership of a bank which seems to be there just to illustrate some of the prejudices of the time, and some of the aspects of the plot are a bit clunky. However, there is plenty in the book to enjoyFour stars is a slightly generous rating, but three stars would have been very churlish and I can recommend this book as a diverting read.

  • Jason
    2019-01-16 02:52

    I really enjoy this series and am not sure why they are not more readily available nor popular. To me they are a great mix of historical fiction and murder mystery. The characters are so well drawn and events so darkly comic and even haunting. If you're a fan of The Alienist or Hangman's Daughter - give these a try too. My only complaint with this one was the "solve" was a bit too obvious and too quick to wrap-up at the end...but I was hooked through most of the book.

  • Andy Weston
    2018-12-26 02:06

    Harris writes superbly well about St Petersburg and hereby covers the cracks over a story that is compelling but rather too long. I found my concentration wandering in parts, but the sheer unpleasantness of life at that period is captured, as is the historical importance of those years. Certainly I will read another in the series.

  • Kaylol
    2019-01-16 03:42

    A great detective, and quite fun to read.

  • Helen
    2018-12-31 05:56

    Hard to get in to and it felt like the book was trying way too hard. The vocabulary is frequently over-done and names of the characters are just confusing. It promised much more than it delivered.

  • Rejane
    2019-01-06 08:07

    Lu en francais sous le titre: Les enfants perdus de l'Empire.

  • Anne
    2019-01-19 09:47

    A nice picture of St. Petersburg in the late 1800's, with Russia hurtling towards revolution.