London: Weidenfeld and Nicholson, 2003. Hardcover. First British edition. Fine in fine dust jacket. A Russian mystery translated into English. Signed by the author and the translator, Andrew Bromfield. Akunin's signature, scarce indeed, is on a Weidenfeld & Nicholson bookplate laid into the book. Boris Akunin is a pseudonym of critic and essayist Grigory Chkhartshvili who published his first mysteries in 1998.