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* GoOutWithASmile: [[spoiler: "Death" dies like that.]]


* Main/HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Tashka is a child prostitute, who views Senka as her [[Main/TrueCompanions True Companion]] and is willing to [[spoiler: sacrifice her life for him]].

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* Main/HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Tashka is a child prostitute, prostitut, who views Senka as her [[Main/TrueCompanions True Companion]] and is willing to [[spoiler: sacrifice her life for him]].

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* Main/HookerWithAHeartOfGold: Tashka is a child prostitute, who views Senka as her [[Main/TrueCompanions True Companion]] and is willing to [[spoiler: sacrifice her life for him]].


* TranslationTrainWreck: Andrew Bromfield's otherwise elegant translations adopted some awkward titles for the eighth and ninth books. The original Russian titles directly translate to ''Mistress of Death'' and ''Lover of Death'', respectively. However in English they were published with the awkward titles ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'' and ''Literature/HeLoverOfDeath''. The text itself, while generally well-translated, is sometimes messed up as well.

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* TranslationTrainWreck: Andrew Bromfield's otherwise elegant translations adopted some awkward titles for the eighth and ninth books. The original Russian titles directly translate to ''Mistress of Death'' and ''Lover of Death'', respectively. However in English they were published with the awkward titles ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'' and ''Literature/HeLoverOfDeath''.''He Lover of Death''. The text itself, while generally well-translated, is sometimes messed up as well.


* AxCrazy: Deadeye, who sometimes comes completely unhinged and lashes out with murderous violence. Senka remarks that while the Prince never hesitates to murder people, at least the victim always knows why, which can't always be said of Deadeye's victims.

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* AxCrazy: Deadeye, who sometimes comes completely unhinged and lashes out with murderous violence. The Prince's youngest gang member tells Senka remarks that while the Prince never hesitates to murder people, at least the victim always knows why, which can't always be said of Deadeye's victims.



* TranslationTrainWreck: Andrew Bromfield's otherwise elegant translations adopted some awkward titles for the eighth and ninth books. The original Russian titles directly translate to ''Mistress of Death'' and ''Lover of Death'', respectively. However in English they were published with the awkward titles ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'' and ''Literature/HeLoverOfDeath''.

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* TranslationTrainWreck: Andrew Bromfield's otherwise elegant translations adopted some awkward titles for the eighth and ninth books. The original Russian titles directly translate to ''Mistress of Death'' and ''Lover of Death'', respectively. However in English they were published with the awkward titles ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'' and ''Literature/HeLoverOfDeath''. The text itself, while generally well-translated, is sometimes messed up as well.


* AxCrazy: Deadeye, who sometimes comes completely unhinged and lashes out with murderous violence. Senka remarks that while the Prince never hesitates to murder people, at least the victim always knows why, which can't always be said of Deadeye's victims.
* BittersweetEnding: As happens many times in the Fandorin series. Fandorin succeeds in getting all the bad guys to massacre each other, and Senka is rescued from the Khitrovka slums and gets a new life as Fandorin's assistant and mechanic. But they are both grieving at the end because Death chose death, rather than choosing to leave with Senka and Fandorin.



* FemmeFatale: Fandorin uses this exact phrase to describe Death, who manipulates various hoodlums for her own ends.

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* FemmeFatale: Fandorin uses this exact phrase to describe Death, who manipulates various hoodlums for her own ends. He later discovers that he was wrong about her and her motives.

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* PlayingCardMotifs: All Khitrovka gangs seem to be structured like card decks: the gang leader is referred as King, his girlfriend is the Queen and his right-hand man is the Jack, while the regular gang members are spread out between ten and six (from most important to most expendable, respectively). The Ace is a King whose gang dominates the entirety of Moscow underworld.
** This has some basis in fact: "shesterka" (the card six) is a [[TheMafiya fenya]] term for "stooge, lackey, expendable man".


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* SummationGathering: Played with. Fandorin arranges a standard Summation Gathering in which he reveals who the murderer is. But his real purpose is to get all the bad guys together so they can kill each other.


* HeroOfAnotherStory: This novel and the previous Fandorin novel, ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'', are two separate investigations being pursued by Fandorin at the same time. There are a couple of passing references to the other story, and Columbine, the heroine of ''She Lover of Death'', pops up at the end.

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* HeroOfAnotherStory: This novel and the previous Fandorin novel, ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath'', are two separate investigations being pursued by Fandorin at the same time. There are In this book Senka, who's following Fandorin, observes a couple meeting between Fandorin and Columbine previously described in ''She Lover of passing references to Death''. Readers learn that the other story, and Columbine, climax of this novel comes immediately after the heroine previous one--Fandorin is without his gun for the big confrontation in this book because he lost it confronting the BigBad of ''She Lover of Death'', pops up at Death''. And it seems apparent that the end."female companion" riding along in the Moscow-to-Paris race with Fandorin and Senka is Columbine.

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* CallForward: "Soon n-nobody will want to use horses for p-pulling their carriages."


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* CoolCar: Fandorin's little three-wheeled horseless carriage, which is of his own design.

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* CallBack: Fandorin angrily denounces [[FemmeFatale femme fatales]], saying they toy with people like a cat with a mouse. "And when he said that Erast Petrovich was really angry, not like himself at all, as if he'd really suffered at the hands of these infernal women and they'd torn his life apart." This is a reference to Amalia, the FemmeFatale of Fandorin novel #1, ''Literature/TheWinterQueen'', who did in fact tear Fandorin's life apart and was a KarmaHoudini to boot.

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* FemmeFatale: Fandorin uses this exact phrase to describe Death, who manipulates various hoodlums for her own ends.


It is the year 1900 in Moscow. Senka is an orphaned boy who is scratching out a hard living in the slums of Khitrovka. He has escaped from an abusive uncle and is now serving with a local Khitrovka crime boss, the Prince. Both Senka and the Prince have fallen for a woman called "Death", a mysterious young lady whose lovers all seem to meet violent ends.

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It is the year 1900 in Moscow.Moscow--the same time and place setting as Fandorin #8, ''Literature/SheLoverOfDeath''. Senka is an orphaned boy who is scratching out a hard living in the slums of Khitrovka. He has escaped from an abusive uncle and is now serving with a local Khitrovka crime boss, the Prince. Both Senka and the Prince have fallen for a woman called "Death", a mysterious young lady whose lovers all seem to meet violent ends.

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* ChalkOutline: Maybe they did this for real in 1900 Moscow?
--> "On the ground by the door there was a rough outline of a human figure, not a very good likeness, and beside it there was a dark patch. Blood, Senka guessed, and shuddered."


* WickedCultured: Deadeye, the knife-thrower and "wet work" murderer, has a fancy vocabulary and likes to quote Pushkin.

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* WickedCultured: Deadeye, the knife-thrower and "wet work" murderer, has a fancy vocabulary and likes to quote Pushkin.Pushkin.
* WretchedHive: Khitrovka, which was in those days and for quite some time thereafter a crime-ridden, horribly poor slum.

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