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Stuart M. Kaminsky

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4.0 out of 5 stars Murder in Moscow... March 29 2005
By Cynthia K. Robertson - Published on Amazon.com
The first Porfiry Rostnikov mystery I read by Stuart Kaminsky was one of the last one of the series. So I picked up A Fine Red Rain (his third) to gain some more background information. I was not disappointed.

Rostnikov sets out to investigate the deaths of two thirds of a high wire circus act (one a suicide and the other an "accident"). Rostnikov does not believe in coincidence, and when he interviews the third person in the act, he discovers that her life is in danger as well. The inspector finds that there is quite a bit of monkey business going on behind the scenes of the Moscow New Circus.

At the same time, Rostnikov's associates, Emil Karpo and Sasha Tkach are investigating cases of their own. Karpo is trying to track down a serial killer. Tkach has come across a black market for western goods. This subplot is quite fascinating, and gives us an interesting look at the extensive black market (along with accompanying police corruption) during the communist era.

Kaminsky's Rostnikov series is excellent, and I only regret that he hasn't been more prolific in writing these particular books. Fortunately for me, I have at least six or seven more to read. I'm already working on Rostnikov's Vacation.
4.0 out of 5 stars Fine Blend of Culture and Murder Mystery June 20 2006
By Grey Wolffe - Published on Amazon.com
Even though this is the fourth (but my first) book of the series, it was easy to understand the character and follow the action. There wasn't any problem understanding the relationships beween the different characters because Kaminsky spends just enough time telling you about what (I assume) has happened in prior to this installment.

You have to read this book in the context of the late 1980s Soviet Union. Gorbachev has just announced Peristroika, and a massive anti-alcohol campaign has begun. But all the strength of the System (read KGB)is still in place and Eastern Europe is quietly under the thumb of their own Communist Parties. But the cracks are beginning to show.

Enter our hero (literally) Inspector Rostnikov. He has recently been transfered (read demoted) to the local Moscow police from the equivalent of the federal police. He has been punished for trying to get out of the country by applying for exit visas to Israel for his jewish wife and son. His son who is in the army has been shipped to Afganistan.

The story which includes the 'murder' of two circus performers, the capture of a serial killer of prostitutes, and some machina- tions related to the black market is pretty straight forward stuff. It is the background stories related to the System falling apart, the day-to-day struggles of people to survive and the pervasive corruption in the System that makes this an interesting book.
4.0 out of 5 stars well written Jan. 30 2014
By Stanley A. Hirsch - Published on Amazon.com
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The series is good and captures the reader's interest. The books are hard to put down. There is some similarity to the work of Martin Cruz Smith.
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful as always. May 18 2013
By Elaine McCarthy - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
The Porfiry Rostnikov mysteries are uniformly excellent. I love the characters, the settings and the plots. Few writers do it as well, and no one does it better.

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