His novels ... wear their period politics lightly. Each plays on a familiar genre. There's the contract killer, the spy and the picaresque swindler. There's a closed-room mystery. And the sixth book features a serial killer, who turns out to be Jack the Ripper, back home in Russia after a stint as a medical student in London. The appeal lies in the quality of the writing, the carefully drawn villains and killers, and the character of Fandorin.
Thanks for pointing him out, Rogers. After reading the Chronicle article and checking his books out on Amazon I had to order one. I take it you are a fan?