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People who walk in darkness, Stuart M. Kaminsky

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People who walk in darkness
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People who walk in darkness
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Stuart M. Kaminsky
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eng
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"Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man. Known as "The Washtub, " he is an imperturbable one-legged policeman who is also one of the last honest civil servants in a very dishonest post-Soviet Russia. A sharp and caring policeman who has survived pogroms and politburos, Rostnikov works hard to solve crimes. He works even harder to keep his coworkers and family intact and mostly safe in spite of the new (some would say, disguised variations on the old) powers that rule his world." "In People Who Walk in Darkness, Inspector Rostnikov is commanded to make the long journey from Moscow to the frozen wasteland of Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine. There he encounters gulag conditions, rampant drunkenness, and the ramblings of madmen talking about ghost children. His compatriots track the smuggled diamonds to Kiev and discover a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them personally."--BOOK JACKET
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  • /*Starred Review*/ Kaminsky, an Edgar Award winner and Mystery Writers of America Grand Master who juggles the fortunes of several series characters, returns with one of his most complex and intriguing heroes, Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov of the Moscow Criminal Investigation Division. Rostnikov handles the cases no one else wants to touch, whether they are politically sensitive, economically embarrassing, or too baffling/distasteful for the regular police agencies. The fifteenth Rostnikov episode centers on the diamond trade, with all its rich cloak-and-dagger possibilities. Rostnikov is summoned from Moscow to a Siberian diamond mine, where a Canadian geologist has died under mysterious circumstances. Meanwhile, two South Africans suspected of smuggling diamonds from Botswana are found dead but unburied in a cemetery, and a woman suspected of being a courier is found stabbed to death in a first-class train compartment. Although this mystery is riveting for its revelations concerning the Russian diamond trade and diamond trading in general, it works best as a character-driven novel in which Rostnikov, a good man in a bad system, must battle corrupt leaders, canny criminals, and an entrenched bureaucracy, besides solving a mystery. Kaminsky is adept at navigating the shoals of post-Soviet Russia while delivering solid suspense and knockout characterization. -- Fletcher, Connie (Reviewed 07-01-2008) (Booklist, vol 104, number 21, p42)
  • While Chief Insp. Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov isn't as well developed a character as, say, Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko, he's still one of the better contemporary examples of an honest policeman navigating the shoals of a corrupt society, as shown in the strong 15th Rostnikov novel from MWA Grand Master Kaminsky (after 2001's Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express ). As maneuvering within the Moscow police force threatens the survival of Rostnikov's department, the Office of Special Investigations, his boss, Igor “the Yak” Yaklovev, orders him to look into the possible murder of Luc O'Neil, a Canadian geologist who died in a Siberian diamond mine rumored to be haunted by ghosts. O'Neil's death may be part of a series, which includes the torture-murders of two black South Africans found in a Moscow cemetery. 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. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 2, 2008) (Publishers Weekly, vol 255, issue 22, p31)
  • /* Starred Review */ The 15th entry in Kaminisky's Edgar Award-winning Inspector Rostnikov series (e.g., A Cold Red Sunrise ) finds the detectives of Moscow's Office of Special Investigations scattered across Russia. Chief Inspector Rostnikov and his assistant, Emil Karpo, travel to Siberia to investigate a murder in a diamond mine reportedly haunted by a little girl. Squad members Elena and Sasha head to Kiev to probe the murder of a drug smuggler, while Iosef and Zelach try to find the sadistic killers of two Africans who had worked in the diamond mines. The existence of their squad is at stake, for in nine days a general with ties to Russian leader Vladimir Putin plans to shut them down. Kaminsky expertly ties all the disparate threads together into one satisfying read. His sympathetic depiction of the squad's close working relationships recalls Christopher Fowler's series about the British Peculiar Crimes Unit. Strongly recommended for all mystery collections. --Jo Ann Vicarel (Reviewed August 15, 2008) (Library Journal, vol 133, issue 13, p55)
  • After seven years of chronicling the affairs of Chicago cop Abe Lieberman, Hollywood shamus Toby Peters and Sarasota process server Lew Fonesca (The Dead Don't Lie, 2007, etc.), Kaminsky returns to Moscow.This volume revisits estimable Chief Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, who's been dealt a cold case indeed—one that sends him to Siberia. In an old Siberian diamond mining town, strange and violent events are allegedly accompanied by a certain supernatural manifestation. Allegedly, my foot, chorus the locals. Dating back to the last century, a "little ghost girl" has been seen at least nine times by survivors left quaking in her wake. Hmm, says Rostnikov with patented unflappability: "She killed people?" The reply: "Let us say she was proximate when people died." Meanwhile, Fyodor Andreiovich Rostnikov is the half-brother from whom the detective has been estranged for 22 years—a half-brother and a suspect in a complex case involving murder, diamond smuggling, kidnapping and related malfeasances that the Porfiry Petrovich has been ordered to solve in nine days.Suffers a bit from subplot glut, but it's good to have the old campaigner, who looks like a bear and thinks like a fox, astutely sifting clues again in Kaminsky's 54th novel. (Kirkus Reviews, July 15, 2008)
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Kaminsky, Stuart M
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Porfiry Rostnikov
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15.
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  • Rostnikov, Porfiry Petrovich (Fictitious character)
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People who walk in darkness, Stuart M. Kaminsky
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
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000042829058
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22 cm.
Edition
1st hardcover ed.
Extent
287 p.
Isbn
9780765318862
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People who walk in darkness, Stuart M. Kaminsky
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Publication
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"A Tom Doherty Associates book."
Control code
000042829058
Dimensions
22 cm.
Edition
1st hardcover ed.
Extent
287 p.
Isbn
9780765318862

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