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A Cold Red Sunrise
In "A Cold Red Sunrise," Inspector Rostnikov is confronted with two deaths, one of which is the daughter of a renowned dissident; the other is a police officer from Moscow who had been sent out earlier to investigate the death. Rostnikov is assinged the case--set in far off Tumsk in Siberia (as much to get him out of Moscow as to get this delicate case solved before an international scandal erupts fully). Rostnikov has the habit of alienating his KGB s...
Blood and Rubles
Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov and his police crew find that crime has erupted, from small time hooligans to big time, organized “mafias.” In this Stuart Kaminsky thriller, the author returns to his familiar literary haunts in “Blood and Rubles” and he probably was never better, although this series is one of the best. And again Kaminsky manages to keep the story line alive and kicking with his individual subplots...
Death of a Russian Priest
Stuart Kaminsky is a successful American writer (of “The Rockford Files” and two other mystery series) and his Inspector Rostnikov series is one of the best in current fiction. With the inspector, we are given a thorough look at Moscow during and since the fall of the Iron Curtain. However, Kaminsky's works are not political sermons, as he aspires--and succeeds quite nicely--to portray his characters in real, human reflections. In “Death ...
Fall of a Cosmonaut
My favorite Updike, “The Centaur” evokes the majesty of mythology as the author parallels the story of Chiron, the wisest and best of the centaurs, who gives up his immortality, after being wounded, on behalf of Prometheus. Down to earth, Updike's story is that of a high school teacher (“Chiron”) and his teenage son (“Prometheus) and the parallel, symbolic story grows from there. Some knowledge of Greek mythology certainly helps in following the...
Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express
MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS Stuart M Kaminsky Mysterious, Oct 2001, 24.95, 277 pp. ISBN: 0892967471 Moscow Director of the Office of Special Investigation Igor Yaklovev assigns Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov to ride the Trans-Siberian Express. Yaklovev expects Porfiry to seize a package allegedly containing a century -old document belonging to Czar Nicholas II. The Chief Inspector realizes that his superior has not told him most o...
Inspector Rostnikov feels he needs a vacation (or rather, he is ordered to take one!) With wife Sarah (still recuperating from recent surgery), they descend upon Yalta for a few days rest and relaxation. Of course, in this Stuart Kaminsky thriller (“Rostnikov's Vacation”), “RandR” is not about to happen. A fellow policeman iskilled within hours of their arrival at Yalta--and Rostnikov is off and running. Back in Moscow, his assistants (Tkach and K...
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