Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel

By Boris Akunin; Andrew Bromfield (Translator)
(Random House Trade, Paperback, 9780812975154, 411pp.)

Publication Date: August 11, 2009

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Description

The ship carrying the devout to Jerusalem has run into rough waters. Onboard is Manuila, controversial leader of the “Foundlings,” a sect that worships him as the Messiah. But soon the polarizing leader is no longer a passenger or a prophet but a corpse, beaten to death by someone almost supernaturally strong. But not everything is as it seems, and someone else sailing has become enmeshed in the mystery: the seemingly slow but actually astute sleuth Sister Pelagia. Her investigation of the crime will take her deep into the most dangerous areas of the Middle East and Russia, running from one-eyed criminals and after such unlikely animals as a red cockerel that may be more than a red herring. To her shock, she will emerge with not just the culprit in a murder case but a clue to the earth’s greatest secret.

Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel
features its beloved heroine’s most exciting and explosive inquiry yet, one that just might shake the foundations of her faith.




About the Author
BORIS AKUNIN is the pen name of Grigory Chkhartishvili, who was born in the republic of Georgia in 1956. A philologist, critic, essayist, and translator of Japanese, he published his first detective stories in 1998 and quickly became one of the most widely read authors in Russia. He has written ten Erast Fandorin novels to date, which have sold more than eight million copies in Russia and been translated into nearly two dozen languages. He lives in Moscow.

"From the Trade Paperback edition."



Victor Pelevin is one of Russia's most successful post-Soviet writers. He won the Russian Booker prize in 1993 Born on November 22, 1962 in Moscow, he attended the Moscow Institute of Power Engineering, and the Institute of Literature. He's now been published throughout Europe. His books include "A Werewolf Problem in Central Russia, Omon Ra", "The Blue Lantern", "The Yellow Arrow", and "The Hall of the Singing Caryatids".


Praise For Sister Pelagia and the Red Cockerel

“Addictively dazzling.” —Entertainment Weekly

“Splendidly smart and funny, this is half pastiche, half reinvention and wholly entertaining.” —Evening Standard, UK

“It [pleases] lovers of mysteries, as well as fans of classic Russian literature.” —USA Today

“Akunin has delivered a virtuoso performance, a mélange of mystery and horror.”—Courier-Mail, Australia

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