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R.N. Morris is the author of the historical crime series featuring detective Porfiry Petrovich from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishment. Londoner Morris sets his tales in St. Petersburg of the mid to late nineteenth century. The first in the series, A Gentle Axe, was hailed as “a satisfyingly grisly yarn… CSI: St. Petersburg,” by the New York Times Book Review. Friend of Scene of the Crime, author Alan Furst, noted of this same novel that it “has a vast depth of Russian soul; mysterious, compassionate, and utterly irresistible.”

The second in the series, A Vengeful Longing, was shortlisted for the 2008 CWA Duncan Lawrie Dagger, while the third, A Razor Wrapped in Silk, just out, involves the Romanovs in the murder of a society beauty. Morris has also written a stand-alone contemporary thriller, Taking Comfort, that explores the anxieties and survival strategies of a post-9/11 world. Versatile and prolific, Morris has additionally written the libretto for the opera Cocteau in the Underworld, with music by Ed Hughes and commissioned by the Royal Opera. (more…)

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