Murder Most Russian in the TLS

Murder Most Russian: True Crime and Punishment in Late Imperial Russia by Louise McReynolds is reviewed in the July 19 issue of the TLS. Here’s an excerpt from the review:

“Murder defined the Russian fin de siècle. From Dostoevsky’s homicidal literary creations, through the 1881 assassination of Alexander II, to a host of killings impelled by greed and lust, the Empire seemed to be plotting its path to modernity in blood. Murder Most Russian is a superb study of the jury trials for homicide ushered in by the legal reforms of the 1860s. . . . Each trial yields a portrait of a fiercely contested public realm in which ideas about gender, morality, science, the state, and individual sovereignty were all up for grabs. . . . With this subtle and imaginative book, Louise McReynolds allows readers to peer not only inside the trials themselves but beyond them, into the wider courtroom of Russian public opinion.”—Daniel Beer, Times Literary Supplement (19 July 2013)

Murder Most Russian in the TLS