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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (126 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky Narrator: Daniel Oreskes Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Inspector Rostnikov Series Release Date: February 2010 ISBN: 9781482979329
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Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov is an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union. He and his team are searching for a serial killer who has claimed at least forty victims. And then there is the problem of protecting a visiting British journalist who is working on a story about a Moscow prostitution ring—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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Put the three stories together, and readers have another Kaminsky knockout.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Kaminsky expertly ties all the disparate threads together into one satisfying read…strongly recommended for all mystery collections.”

    Library Journal (starred review) praise for People Who Walk in Darkness

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louisa | 2/19/2014

    " This was a pretty good book, loved the different plot points and the mysteries, but the phrasing, language, and dialogue was a bit formal and to me, that means a bit boring. But this was a really good book! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandi | 2/18/2014

    " What will probably be the final book in the Rostnikov series since the author passed away in 2009 though I would be overjoyed if there was a secret cache of further books somewhere. I love the characters in this series and was glad to see certain things finally play out. I will very much miss Rostnikov, Karpo, and all the others but luckily I have plenty of more of Stuart M. Kaminsky's work to read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Al | 2/12/2014

    " Very good. The series continues. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bradley | 2/10/2014

    " My happiness at discovering a new novel from one of my favorite authors, in one my favorite series was spoiled by the news of Stuart Kaminsky's death last fall, as revealed on the book's jacket. Kaminsky must have known this may have been his last novel and his craftmanship doesn't fail him. What a shame that we won't have new tales of his to discover. Wonderful last outing for a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John Kues | 2/9/2014

    " So sad to read what I assume is Stuart Kaminsky's last book, since he died last fall. I really like his characters, and to think I had never heard of him until 2 yrs ago. Just a chance meeting with a guy in line to get Sara Paretsky's autograph. He was getting autographs on all of her books and he also had a book about mystery writers by Stuart Kaminsky and told me I should check him out. Such a prolific writer. Inspector Rostnikov is a Russian Inspector who likes to read Ed McBain novels, has an artificial leg, and knows how to work the ins and outs of complex Russian society. Loves to work on plumbing in his free time and lift weights. Kaminsky seems to get all the nuances of Russian life, down to the food and little stuff of everyday living. Sometimes it is hard for me to follow all the characters. This is the 16th story in the Rostnikov series. He has four distinct series, 10 in Abe Lieberman Mysteries, 6 Lew Fonesca and 24 Toby Peters (who drives a Crosley!) Mysteries, plus some biographies. Not much of a review, I am just a fan of his writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Regina | 1/18/2014

    " So far, so really good. And I am so sad that this will be the last one with Mr. Kaminsky passing away. I love the characters and I can't wait to find out if the wedding takes place. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 1/4/2014

    " I really enjoy this series set in contemporary Russia. So sorry this was Kaminsky's last before his untimely death. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn Kearney | 12/26/2013

    " 3.5 Sad to think this is the last Kaminsky book! I always preferred the Abe Lieberman series, but there's a lot to be said for Porfiry too. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Robin | 12/26/2013

    " Another fine entry in this series from Kaminsky. Too bad he is no longer with us. I love all of his series and will miss regular entries from him. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen S. | 12/11/2013

    " Another spot on novel about post Soviet Russia. Mr. Kaminsky will be sorely missed. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandy | 11/24/2013

    " Good characters; the author died in 2009 and I shall miss his Inspector Rostnikov. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barb Deshler | 11/23/2013

    " Murder mystery, read with Russian accents. I liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Squeaky | 11/23/2013

    " I enjoyed this very much, as usual. Is this the last book in the series Mr. Kaminsky wrote? "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolyn Rose | 5/18/2013

    " I'm getting to like these characters more and more - wouldn't you know that I wouldn't "find" this series until after Mr. Kaminsky died. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dan | 3/16/2013

    " The last of the Inspector Rostnikov great mysteries. Going to miss the talented writing of Stuart Kaminsky. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Helena Prophete | 7/7/2012

    " I sooooo enjoy the Inspector Rostnikov series by Stuary Kaminsky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom O'Connor | 10/31/2011

    " I liked this book a lot, but I've liked all the Rostnikov books. I was sorry to find out that Kaminsky died recently "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sweetie | 12/14/2010

    " Russian police procedural, searching for serial killer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Penny | 7/23/2010

    " I really, really, really liked this book. As Mr. Kaminsky died in Oct. 2009, I am sure this will be the last Inspector Rostnikov novel, I am so sad, I just love this series. Thank you so much for all of the wonderful books over the years and Rest in Peace Mr. Kaminsky! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marfy | 6/3/2010

    " The last Rostnikov book--it was a good farewell. Time to move on. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sharron | 4/16/2010

    " I am so disappointed that there will be no more books featuring Inspector Rostnikov. I have enjoyed them all. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart Kaminsky (1934–2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema—two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life’s work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as “the anti–Philip Marlowe.” In 1981’s Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.

About the Narrator

Daniel Oreskes is a narrator as well as a film, television, and stage actor. He has earned two AudioFile Earphones Awards for his narrations and has twice been a finalist for the Audie Award, including for 2012 Audiobook of the Year. His several film roles include The Thomas Crown Affair and Day Zero, and his many television credits include episodes of  Law & Order. He has acted on Broadway in Electra and Aida and in the off-Broadway Arthur Miller play Mr. Peters’ Connections with Peter Falk, as well as in numerous Shakespeare performances. A native New Yorker, he trained at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art.