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Morris, R.N. : A Gentle Axe. First Edition/First Printing. *Signed & Dated*

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 This is a first edition and first printing of A Gentle Axe by R.N. Morris, published by Faber & Faber in 2007.

The book and protected dust jacket are Brand New with no inscriptions and not price clipped.

The author has signed and dated (1 Feb 2007) the book directly to the title page. One of only 500 copies available that were signed and dated upon publication.

Description:

St. Petersburg, Winter, 1867 - Two frozen bodies are found in an isolated corner of Petrovsky Park. The first - that of a dwarf - has been packed neatly in a suitcase, a deep wound splitting his skull in two. The second body, of a burly peasant, is hanging from a nearby tree, a bloody axe tucked into his belt. The detective Porfiry Petrovich, in his first murder case since Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment", suspects the truth may be more complex than others wish him to believe. His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels and drinking dens of the city's Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society. Atmospheric and tense from its dramatic opening to its shocking climax.

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