A Vengeful Longing

A Vengeful Longing

[a Novel]

Book - 2008
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Baker & Taylor
A follow-up to The Gentle Axe finds nineteenth-century Russian investigator Porfiry Petrovich doubting an initial conclusion that a St. Petersburg doctor is responsible for his wife's and son's poisoning deaths when the case is tied to another murder across town. 20,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
It's the middle of a hot, dusty St. Petersburg summer in the late 1860s. A doctor brings home a fancy box of chocolates for his wife and son - a strange gift on a scorching Saturday afternoon. Within an hour, both mother and child die an excruciating death, and the doctor is immediately arrested, suspected of poisoning. As investigator Porfiry Petrovich concedes, in such cases the obvious solution turns out to be the correct solution. And in the city's sweltering, oppressive atmosphere, even he lacks the energy to delve any deeper.
But when further, apparently unconnected, murders occur on the other side of town, a subtle and surprising pattern starts to emerge. Porfiry is forced to reassess his assumptions and follow a tenuous, uncertain trail that takes him into the hidden, squalid heart of the city and brings him face-to-face with incomprehensible horror and cruelty.

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& Taylor

Nineteenth-century Russian investigator Porfiry Petrovich doubts an initial conclusion that a St. Petersburg doctor is responsible for his wife's and son's poisoning deaths when the case is tied to another murder across town.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Press, 2008
ISBN: 9781594201806
Characteristics: 317 p. ; 24 cm

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