Synopses & Reviews
A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures (some would say trials and tribulations) of Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union. Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing (that is, disintegrating) Russia.
This time Rostnikov and his team are searching for a serial killer who has claimed at least 40 victims. They're also handling the case of a missing boxer known as the Giant and two dead bodies who arent missing at all—the boxers wife and his sparring partner. And then there is the problem of protecting a visiting British journalist who is working on a story about a Moscow prostitution ring…and in doing so Rostnikov and his team uncover a chain of murders that lead to a source too high to be held accountable if the police want to keep their jobs
Or their lives.
"In MWA Grand Master Kaminsky's so-so 16th Porfiry Rostnikov novel (after 2008's People Who Walk in Darkness), the chief inspector of Russia's Office of Special Investigations pursues a serial killer, the Bitsevsky Maniac, named for the Moscow park in whose vicinity many of his elderly victims have been found bludgeoned to death with a hammer. Rostnikov stakes out the park in the hopes of attracting the killer's attention. Meanwhile, the chief inspector's colleagues, who include Rostnikov's son, Iosef, deal with unrelated crimes, such as tracking down a boxing champion who's suspected of murdering his wife and his sparring partner. These subplots, combined with an early reveal of the maniac's identity, lessen the suspense. In addition, Rostnikov is a lot less complex character than another Russian cop trying to maintain his honesty in a corrupt society, Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko. Sadly, the prolific Kaminsky died October 9, 2009." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Praise for People Who Walk in Darkness: “Kaminsky is adept at navigating the shoals of post-Soviet Russia while delivering solid suspense and knockout characterization.”—Booklist (starred review) on People Who Walk in Darkness “Kaminsky expertly ties all the disparate threads together into one satisfying read…strongly recommended for all mystery collections.”—Library Journal (starred review) “Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov is one of the better contemporary examples of an honest policeman navigating the shoals of a corrupt society…The particularly high stakes make this one of Rostnikov's more exciting investigations. Hopefully, fans won't have to wait as long for his next outing.”—Publishers Weekly “An endearing Russian bear of a detective…the chief inspector is dispatched to the wretched town of Devochka, which consists of eight identical single-story concrete buildings and a cracked concrete road to the mine. While some people can and do go mad in such places, Devochka inspires Kaminskys sleuth to new levels of irony. —The New York Times Book Review
About the Author
Stuart M. Kaminsky was the author of more than 60 novels and an Edgar Award winner who was given the coveted Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. Kaminsky also created the critically acclaimed Inspector Rostinkov and Toby Peters mystery series. He passed away in the fall of 2009.