February 1880. St Petersburg. A heavy snowstorm descends on the city. The body of a man is found on the frozen Neva, a knife wound in his side.

About the Author

R. N. Morris is the author of thirteen novels.

The latest is Fortune’s Hand, a historical novel about Walter Raleigh. He is also the author of the Silas Quinn series of historical crime novels. The series, set in London in 1914, began with Summon Up The Blood, followed by The Mannequin HouseThe Dark PalaceThe Red Hand of Fury and The White Feather Killer and The Music Box Enigma. A Gentle Axe was published by Faber and Faber in 2007. Set in St Petersburg in the nineteenth century, it features Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Dostoevsky’s great novel, Crime and Punishment. The book was published in many countries, including Russia. He followed that up with A Vengeful Longing, which was shortlisted for the Duncan Lawrie Dagger Award (as the CWA Gold Dagger was briefly known). A Razor Wrapped in Silk came next, followed by The Cleansing Flames, which was nominated for the Ellis Peters Historical Novel Dagger. He also wrote the dystopian thriller  PSYCHOTOPIA. and the standalone contemporary thriller, Taking Comfort.