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 40 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.
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This is a great series, it helps to be a follower and to have some familiarity with the characters. The economy of language is marvelous and the multiple story lines help paint a complex if bleak picture of life in Russia. The narration is a bit over the top with a 'Moose and squirrel must die' Slavic accent but otherwise completely convincing and very enjoyable.
Kaminsky's wonderful detective Rostnikov series never disappoints. His characters have such depth and the stories are always interesting. After having read almost all of Kaminsky's other Rostnikov books listening to the book with the reader's Russian accent added to my enjoyment. I HIGHLY recommend "A Whisper to the Living".
I am a 67 year old psychologist. I have been married for 28 years, with two sons who are 27 and 24. I love listening to the books.
Somewhere in the top third.
Attention: Spoiler of a kind. The end of the book is the wedding of Viktor Rostnikov, son of Porfiry and Sarah, and Elena Timofyeva, one of the detectives in the Senior Rostnikov's unit. We also discover that she is pregnant, and thus Porfiry and Sarah are grandparents. The scene is not just a bunch of drunken rowdy Russians, but it is played by describing the exits of various characters whom we know: Karpo, Tkach, the Yak and others. It is very moving in its way.
I love his variety of Russian accents. There are so many characters in the book that sometimes it is difficult to tell them apart, but the narrator helps us by varying the accents and other patterns of speech (Russianized American English, that is). I have read most of the books in this series, and I know and love these characters very well, although loving Emil Karpo is almost a self-cancelling phrase. He is a man with zero human feelings. But the primary characters are like a big, sprawling Russian family, and we get to know them as a group and as a collection of individuals.
Not possible for me. I don't have the stamina to listen to a book for ten plus hours without falling asleep. Also, I like to stretch out the experience, because when it's over, it's over.
Mr. Kaminsky's imagination is limitless. he keeps creating new adventures for these people which are examined from many angles, from the small individuals all the way up to the national Russian and international Russia-in-the-world factors. The politics of Russia and Moscow in particular are described in ways that teach us a lot. These are treasures to read, and then to go back to and re-read after a few years have gone by.
Stuart Kaminisky has been one of my most favorite authors. I especially love this dumpy old deceive and his exploits. I believe Kaminisky is a genius. His Lieberman mysteries are excellent too. His heros, two old men who live by their wits and abilities are my favorites for at least 30 years now. I also loved the Rockford series on TV. He wrote that too.
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