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The Gentle Axe - A Novel

R. N. Morris

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Description:

Stumbling through Petrovsky Park one cold morning in search of firewood, an elderly woman makes a horrifying discovery. A burly peasant twirls in the wind, hanging from a bowed tree by a rope about his neck, a bloody axe tucked into his belt. Nearby, packed neatly into a suitcase, is the body of a dwarf, a deep axe wound splitting his skull in two. It does not take long for the noted police investigator Porfiry Petrovich, still drained from his work on the case involving the deranged student Raskolnikov, to suspect that the truth of the matter is more complex that the crime scene might suggest. Why do so many roads lead to the same house of prostitution and the same ring or pornographers? Why do so many powerful interests seem intent on blocking his efforts? His investigation leads him from the squalid tenements, brothels, and drinking dens of the city's Haymarket district to an altogether more genteel stratum of society. As he gets deeper and deeper in, and the connections between the two spheres begin to multiply, both his anger and his terror mount. Atmospheric and tense from its dramatic opening to its shocking climax, The Gentle Axe is a spellbinding historical crime novel, a book that explores the darkest places of the human heart with tremendous energy, empathy, and wit. As lucky as St. Petersburg residents are to have Porfiry Petrovich in public service, we are equally fortunate to have R.N. Morris on hand to chronicle his most challenging case to date.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Simon Vance

Length:

9h 57m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:46


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

10:16


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

15:48


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

17:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

30:45


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

20:41


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

12:56


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

21:55


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

25:59


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

16:16


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

15:14


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

36:45


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

19:59


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:16


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

29:26


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

28:02


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

25:01


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

38:07


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

30:37


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

29:44


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

24:23


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

21:23


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

22:12


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:10


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

31:29


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

29:24


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

14:01


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

00:21