It's Easter, 1872. Fires burn in St Petersburg, a prelude to the revolutionary turmoil that will shake Russia a generation later.
As the springtime thaw begins, a body rises to the surface of the Winter Canal.
Following an anonymous tip-off, magistrate Porfiry Petrovich is drawn into an investigation of the radical intellectuals who seek to fan the flames of revolution.
In the meantime, junior magistrate Pavel Pavlovich Virginsky plays a dangerous game of his own.
Following a chance meeting with a man he suspects of being an arsonist, he volunteers to infiltrate a terrorist cell.
But the young man's loyalties appear divided, his motives conflicted.
Will he track down the killers, or to use his position as a magistrate to further a cause with which he sympathises?
The issue comes to a head in a shocking and violent confrontation between two generations. "The Cleansing Flames" is the fourth book in R.N. Morris' acclaimed series featuring the investigator from "Crime and Punishment".
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 480 pages
- Publisher: Faber & Faber
- Publication Date: 19/05/2011
- Category: Crime & mystery
- ISBN: 9780571259151