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The Gentle Axe ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ The Gentle Axe Author R.N. Morris – Thomashillier.co.uk Just before Christmas, in St Petersburg, Russia, in , police investigator Porfiry Petrovich faces his most challenging murder case since the events made famous by F Dostoevsky in the novel Crime and P Just before Christmas, in St Petersburg, Russia, in , police investigator Porfiry Petrovich faces his most challenging murder case since the events made famous by F Dostoevsky in the novel Crime and Punishment a case with disturbing parallels and even darker implicationsStumbling through Petvosky Park one cold morning in search of firewood, an elderly woman makes a horrifying discovery A burly peasant twirls in the wind, hanging from a bowed The Gentle PDF or tree by a rope about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt Nearby, packed neatly into a suitcase, is the body of a dwarf, a deep axe wound splitting his skull in twoIt does not take long for the noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich, still drained from his work on the case involving the deranged student Raskolnikov, to suspect that the truth of the matter is complex than the crime scene might suggest Why do so many roads lead to the same house of prostitution and the same ring of pornographers Why do so many powerful interests seem intent on blocking his efforts His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels, and drinking dens of the city s Haymarket district to an altogether genteel stratum of society As he gets deeper and deeper in, and the connections between the two spheres begin to multiply, both his anger and his terror mount.

    Free Unlimited eBook about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt Nearby, packed neatly into a suitcase, is the body of a dwarf, a deep axe wound splitting his skull in twoIt does not take long for the noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich, still drained from his work on the case involving the deranged student Raskolnikov, to suspect that the truth of the matter is complex than the crime scene might suggest Why do so many roads lead to the same house of prostitution and the same ring of pornographers Why do so many powerful interests seem intent on blocking his efforts His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels, and drinking dens of the city s Haymarket district to an altogether genteel stratum of society As he gets deeper and deeper in, and the connections between the two spheres begin to multiply, both his anger and his terror mount."/>
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Gentle Axe
  • R.N. Morris
  • English
  • 21 April 2019
  • 0143113267

About the Author: R.N. Morris

Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread forinformationRoger N Morris born in Manchester is an English writer and advertising copywriter His short fiction has been published in a number of mainstream, genre, and literary publications One of his short stories, The Devil s Drum , appeared in the horror anthology Darkness Rising, and was subsequently made into an opera performed The Gentle PDF or by the Solaris Musical Theatre Company in the Purcell Room on London s South Bank AKA Roger MorrisSeries Porfiry Petrovich.



10 thoughts on “The Gentle Axe

  1. Steve Donoghue Steve Donoghue says:

    I d somehow never even heard of this 2007 novel in which English author RN Morris has the demented inspired idea to use Porfiry Petrovich, the weirdly relentless detective from Crime and Punishment, as his historical mystery protagonist and when I recently found it at a thrift shop, I had to give it a try And amazingly, Morris makes the idea totally work not only is this the SAME Porfiry Petrovich as in Dostoevsky he s not strengthened or idealized at all , but the Morris also does an u I d somehow never even heard of this 2007 novel in which English author RN Morris has the demented inspired idea to use Porfiry Petrovich, the weirdly relentless detective from Crime and Punishment, as his historical mystery protagonist and when I recently found it at a thrift shop, I had to give it a try And amazingly, Morris makes the idea totally work not only is this the SAME Porfiry Petrovich as in Dostoevsky he s not strengthened or idealized at all , but the Morris also does an uncannily convincing job of re creating not 19th century St Petersburg but DOSTOEVSKY s 19th century St Petersburg And the book s actual mystery plot is very well done I loved it

  2. Mark Mark says:

    As a native speaker of Russian, I was suspicious of this novel at first When Roger Morris, an Englishman, pulled out Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate of Dostoevsky s Crime and Punishment, from his literary hereafter, I was afraid of getting into yet another Potemkin village And, of course, Dostoevsky is mine What right do foreigners have to exploit his characters After all, in their ignorance of Russia, they often create what we call a spreading cranberry, a tall story.I m As a native speaker of Russian, I was suspicious of this novel at first When Roger Morris, an Englishman, pulled out Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate of Dostoevsky s Crime and Punishment, from his literary hereafter, I was afraid of getting into yet another Potemkin village And, of course, Dostoevsky is mine What right do foreigners have to exploit his characters After all, in their ignorance of Russia, they often create what we call a spreading cranberry, a tall story.I m glad I was wrong The result of Morris impeccable work is a literary mystery, a matreshka doll withsequentially smaller dolls nested inside than there are peas in a pod Read the rest of my review in The Literary Review magazine

  3. Jane Jane says:

    An axe murder, a young student, a pawn slip, a young prostitute, a yellow ticket, the magistrate investigator, Porfiry Petrovich is this Crime and Punishment Redux Was this d ja lu already read No, some of the same elements are present, but this author has stirred them together into a whole new stew.This novel started out well I thought the idea of using the Crime and Punishment investigator was a good one After all, after Conan Doyle s death, how many books with Sherlock Holmes as hero An axe murder, a young student, a pawn slip, a young prostitute, a yellow ticket, the magistrate investigator, Porfiry Petrovich is this Crime and Punishment Redux Was this d ja lu already read No, some of the same elements are present, but this author has stirred them together into a whole new stew.This novel started out well I thought the idea of using the Crime and Punishment investigator was a good one After all, after Conan Doyle s death, how many books with Sherlock Holmes as hero have been written An old woman discovers a suitcase with a dwarf gruesomely murdered with an axe and then shoved inside Ostensibly, the axe murderer has hanged himself on a nearby tree in remorse Porfiry Petrovich s different ideas about the case drive him to investigate The novel becomes a 19th century Russian police procedural, complete with astute medical examiner The mystery got too complicated for me to follow Porfiry Petrovich finally puts everything together and explains why the crimes were committed Following his reasoning in his final explanation was of interest Things finally made sense The author did an excellent job of conveying the atmosphere of 1866 St Petersburg, Russia, but the clues leading to the solution of the crimes and the plot twists were too convoluted All in all, I was disappointed after a great beginning, the book didn t live up to its promise I can t give it a glowing review

  4. Bibliophile Bibliophile says:

    A brutally murdered dwarf is found inside a suitcase in St Petersburg s Petrovsky Park, while the frozen body of the man presumed to be his murderer swings from a tree branch overhead R N Morris borrows Fyodor Dostoevky s famous Porfiry Petrovich to investigate these crimes in The Gentle Axe Fresh from his pursuit of the student Raskolnikov, Porfiry realizes that all is not what it seems and through a process of trial, error and astute psychology, manages to expose the true nature of these A brutally murdered dwarf is found inside a suitcase in St Petersburg s Petrovsky Park, while the frozen body of the man presumed to be his murderer swings from a tree branch overhead R N Morris borrows Fyodor Dostoevky s famous Porfiry Petrovich to investigate these crimes in The Gentle Axe Fresh from his pursuit of the student Raskolnikov, Porfiry realizes that all is not what it seems and through a process of trial, error and astute psychology, manages to expose the true nature of these crimes Although Morris borrows a bit too much from Crime and Punishment in this novel we have another starving student Virginsky and Lilya, a prostitute who is not dissimilar to Dostoevsky s Sonechka , he creates a wonderfully atmospheric nineteenth century St Petersburg, complete with the horrific living conditions for the poor that made revolution seem so imperative The solution to the mystery is ingenious and the characters memorable if you re looking for a historical mystery with a bitdepth than usual, this is a wonderful read

  5. Jeffrey Jeffrey says:

    Pretty good book, first I ve read by r n Morris Lots of great characters and the setting seems realistic I like Mysteries that take place during this period though usually they are in Western Europe or the USA It was fun to read a Victorian age mystery that takes place in Russia The protagonist is the anti hero Porfiry petrovich, an Investigating Magistrate It s a police procedural mystery It has you guessing until the end with a few red herrings to flesh it out The conclusion to the my Pretty good book, first I ve read by r n Morris Lots of great characters and the setting seems realistic I like Mysteries that take place during this period though usually they are in Western Europe or the USA It was fun to read a Victorian age mystery that takes place in Russia The protagonist is the anti hero Porfiry petrovich, an Investigating Magistrate It s a police procedural mystery It has you guessing until the end with a few red herrings to flesh it out The conclusion to the mystery is convoluted perhapsthan it needs to be but on the other hand life isn t tidy I look forward to readingbooks by this author

  6. Beverly Beverly says:

    A wonderfully written murder mystery with the literary twist of featuring a Dostoyevsky character from Crime Punishment ,police investigator Porfiry Petrovich Researched and detailed in the Russian way, this compelling novel was hard for me to put down I read it in two sittings I m off now to find any interviews with Roger Morris that might answer some of my many questions about where he got this idea, how he researched it, and what he s going to write next Wonderful work A wonderfully written murder mystery with the literary twist of featuring a Dostoyevsky character from Crime Punishment ,police investigator Porfiry Petrovich Researched and detailed in the Russian way, this compelling novel was hard for me to put down I read it in two sittings I m off now to find any interviews with Roger Morris that might answer some of my many questions about where he got this idea, how he researched it, and what he s going to write next Wonderful work

  7. Peter Peter says:

    This is a neat form of detective book, take a very famous literary investigator, one created by a great Russian novelist and turn him into a character with a world of his own R.N Morris has taken Porfiry Petrovich of Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky and turned him into a dark Russian investigating magistrate It was a brilliant move and is the start of a series It will be interesting to see how this evolves.

  8. Lisa Lisa says:

    I don t like or dislike this book but I learned that I don t like reading Russian names, and that I only kept at it so long because the jacket design on my nice hardcover is so creamy and gorgeous, with a pleasing silky feel.

  9. Donna Donna says:

    Very interesting premise While I am not very knowledgeable about Russian literature I do think Morris captured the spirit of the times and St Petersburg and I did enjoy Porfiry Petrovich, from Dostoyevski s Crime and Punishment, as the detective.

  10. Patrick Patrick says:

    Really didn t do much for me I read it just after Sister Pelagia and the Black Monk, and the plot and the style were both a big step down.

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