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Moscow, could 1876. What could reason a skilled pupil from a filthy rich kin to shoot himself in entrance of a promenading public? Decadence and tedium, it truly is presumed. yet younger sleuth Erast Fandorin isn't happy with the belief that this demise is an open-and-shut case, nor with the initial detective paintings the precinct has done–and for sturdy cause: the unusual and tragic suicide is quickly hooked up to a transparent case of homicide, witnessed firsthand via Fandorin himself. counting on his prepared instinct, the keen detective plunges into an research that leads him throughout Europe, touchdown him on the middle of an unlimited conspiracy with the deadliest of implications.
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Besides, he's hardly ever more likely to be there. i don't exclude the chance that the count number might himself take an curiosity in you. finally, you probably did meet at Bezhetskaya’s condominium, and he's obviously no longer detached to her. Act according to the location. yet don’t get over excited. This gentleman isn't to be trifled with. He cheats at playing cards, or as they are saying in that corporation, he ‘fixes the odds,’ and if he's stuck within the act he intentionally provokes a scandal. He has a dozen or so duels to his account, and there are others we all know not anything approximately. And he can crack your cranium open with no the excuse of a duel. for example, in seventy-two on the Nizhni Novgorod reasonable Zurov acquired into a controversy over playing cards with a service provider, Svyshchov, and threw that bearded gentleman out of a window. From the second one flooring. The service provider used to be badly smashed up and couldn’t converse for a month—he may perhaps in simple terms mumble. yet not anything occurred to the count number. He squirmed his method out of it. He has influential family members in excessive areas. What are those? ” requested Ivan Brilling, as ordinary with none transition as he put a deck of cards at the table. “Cards,” Fandorin responded in shock. “Do you play? ” “I don’t play in any respect. Papa forbade me even to the touch playing cards. He acknowledged he’d already performed adequate for himself and me, and for the following 3 generations of Fandorins. ” “A pity,” acknowledged Brilling, involved. “Without that you’ll get nowhere at Zurov’s. o.k., take a section of paper and make notes. ” 1 / 4 of an hour later Erast Fandorin may already distinguish the matches with no hesitation and he knew which card used to be better and which used to be reduce, other than that he nonetheless harassed the image playing cards a bit. He stored forgetting which was once greater, the queen or the jack. “You’re hopeless,” his leader summed up. “But that’s not anything to fret approximately. on the count’s condo they don’t play choice and different such highbrow video games. The extra primitive the higher for them—they wish as a lot funds as attainable as speedy as attainable. Our brokers file that Zurov prefers stoss, and the simplified model at that. I’ll clarify the principles. the person who offers the playing cards is termed the banker. the opposite participant is the punter. each one has his personal deck of playing cards. The punter selects a card from his deck, let’s say a 9. He places it facedown in entrance of him. ” “The face—is that the part with the numbers on? ” Fandorin inquired. “Yes. Now the punter areas a bet—let’s say, ten rubles. The banker starts off dealing. He lays the pinnacle card from his deck faceup to the suitable (that’s referred to as the ‘forehead’) and the following card to the left (that’s known as the ‘dreambook’). ” Forehead—R. , dreambook—L. , Erast Fandorin wrote down diligently in his notepad. “Now the punter finds his 9. If the brow additionally occurs to be a 9, it doesn't matter what the swimsuit, then the banker takes the stake. That’s referred to as ‘killing the 9. ’ Then the financial institution, that’s the amount of cash that's being performed for, raises. If the dreambook seems to be a 9, then that’s a win for the punter, he’s ‘found the 9.