Some nerve. British author R.N. Morris gets credit for gall: In "The Gentle Axe" (2007), a thriller recently released by Penguin in paperback, he channels Fydor Dostoevsky to come up with a sequel to "Crime and Punishment"—and more than gets away with it. This novel gives a vivid portrait of Russia in the 1860s.
A detective named Porfiry—you remember him from the original—tracks a mysterious killer:
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