Okay, I was amazon checking again. I know, I know. I should be past that by now. But I was just checking out the amazon page for A Gentle Axe and I discovered something rather interesting, and a little wonderful. Listed among the Other Items Customers Buy After Viewing This Item was Crime and Punishment.
Now I know Dostoevsky doesn’t need any help from me, but I do find it extremely gratifying to think that one or two new readers might be finding their way to his great masterpiece via my novels.
In case you didn’t know it, my series of St Petersburg Mysteries – A Gentle Axe, A Vengeful Longing, A Razor Wrapped in Silk and The Cleansing Flames – feature Porfiry Petrovich, the investigating magistrate from Crime and Punishment. Essentially, my series wouldn’t exist without Dostoevsky’s book. So, as far as this series is concerned, I owe everything to Fyodor.
If I can send a few readers his way, then maybe it will go some way towards repaying the debt.