Author(s): R.N. Morris
An atmospheric mystery set in St Petersburg in the winter of 1867 sees detective Porfiry Petrovich taking his first murder case since Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment". When two frozen bodies are found in a park, he begins to suspect that the truth may be more complex than others wish him to believe, as his investigations lead him to a shocking discovery which reveals the city's darkest secrets. "A Gentle Axe" is utterly absorbing and tense from its dramatic opening through to its shocking climax.
A riveting, richly-textured historical crime novel inspired by Dostoievsky's classic Crime and Punishment.
Born in Manchester in 1960, R.N. Morris now lives in North London with his wife and two young children. He read Classics at Cambridge University. One of his stories, The Devil's Drum, has been turned into a one-act opera, which was performed at the Purcell Room in London's South Bank. Another, Revenants, was published as a comic book.