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The acclaimed author of The Gentle Axereturns with another atmospheric thriller starring investigator Porfiry Petrovich Hailed with glowing reviews , R. N. Morris’s The Gentle Axeborrowed Porfiry Petrovich of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishmentto create a wholly new, hauntingly authentic novel of suspense. A Vengeful Longing, Petrovich’s next outing, is even more engrossing. As the laconic investigator follows a trail that begins innocently with a box of chocolates, he is drawn deep into St. Petersburg’s squalid heart. Aided by Morris’s effortless prose, readers are immersed in the stifling world of nineteenth-century tsarist Russia and treated to an unforgettable rendering of a brutal time and place that will ensnare every fan of sophisticated historical fiction.
R. N. Morris was born in Manchester in 1960 and now lives in North London with his wife and two children. One of his stories, -ôThe Devil-'s Drum,-ö was turned into a one-act opera, which was performed at the Purcell Room in London-'s South Bank. Another, -ôRevenants,-ö was published as a comic book.