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December 30, 2015
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
How many Inspector Rostnikov novels--15? 20?--and there will be no more, because the author passed away in 2009, with A Whisper to the Living being published posthumously. I have read these works on and off for the past twelve years or so, after having visited post-Communist Russia twice. It is a haunting place, incredibly harsh and alive. The people are gruff but have hearts of gold. I think of my experiences there almost daily even now. Kaminsky's novels bring it all back so vividly. I recently purchased the rest of the set on Amazon, and read all of them in chronological order. I highly recommend you do the same. No one of them stands out for me--I take them together, as a kind of extended novel, a slice of Russian life,best savored with some borscht, sausage and pelmeni, on a chill winter's evening.
September 29, 2013
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I have read nearly all of Kaminsky's Rostnikov mysteries and I can't help thinking that there may have been collaboration on this novel. There were times when Kaminisky just didn't write the way he usually does about Russia. There was a grittiness missing that made his Rostnikov novels feel like you were about to get caught doing something wrong. I never cared for his other "spies", but now that he's gone, perhaps I'll try for a re-read and hope that I can reconnect with one of my very favorite authors. I will truly miss Stuart Kaminsky.