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Gentle Axe: 1 Paperback – 1 April 2008

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  • Paperback : 305 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 0143113267
  • ISBN-13 : 978-0143113263
  • Dimensions : 13.92 x 1.88 x 21.44 cm
  • Publisher : Penguin Group; Reprint edition (1 April 2008)
  • Language: : English
  • Customer Reviews:
    3.9 out of 5 stars 14 ratings

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A satisfyingly grisly yarn, mawkish and macabre. CSI: St. Petersburg
-The New York Times Book Review

The Gentle Axe is a deftly plotted, enjoyable literary thriller.
-The Washington Post

A smart, hypnotizing tale of crime and duplicity. . . . Genuinely pleasurable.
-The New York Sun

Lush, and exceptionally compelling, but take your time-R. N. Morris's The Gentle Axe has a vast depth of Russian soul: mysterious, compassionate, and utterly irresistible.
-Alan Furst, author of The Foreign Correspondent

The anti-Sherlock Holmes.
-The Philadelphia Inquirer

About the Author

R.N. Morris was born in Manchester, England, in 1960 and now lives in North London with his wife and two children. He sold his first short story to a teenage girls' magazine while still a student at Cambridge University, where he read classics. Making his living as a freelance copywriter, he has continued to write, and occasionally publish, fiction. One of his stories, "The Devil's Drum," was 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. A Vengeful Longing is the follow-up to his first novel, The Gentle Axe, published by The Penguin Press in 2006.

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