Stuart M. Kaminsky
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Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart M. 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.

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    • You Bet Your Life

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    There's nothing funny about the package that comes for Chico Marx. It's a severed ear....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Red Chameleon

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 16

    The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless candlestick send Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov on a hunt into the past....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Skillfully spun, excellent depiction of an era

    • By Gabrielle on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tarnished Icons

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    In the topsy-turvy world of post-communist Russia, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov's work is never done....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Lieberman's Folly

    • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 173
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 155
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 155

    A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How can this man write so much, and so well?

    • By Richard Delman on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Buried Caesars

    • Toby Peters, Book 14
    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    The uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Ms Peach on 06-19-16

    Regular price: $13.21

    • The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance

    • A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Toby Peters wakes up with a headache, a gun in his face, and a body on the hotel-room bed. He is less surprised by the gun than by the man holding it: John Wayne....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Johnny Heller Made the Difference

    • By M. Miles on 05-23-14

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

    • Inspector Rostnikov, Book 14
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 9 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    Inside the Moscow Police Department, madness reigns....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Denial

    • A Lew Fonesca Mystery
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 8 hrs and 9 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 96
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Definitely worth the listen....

    • By Barbara on 09-17-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • Hard Currency

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 7

    When a former Russian advisor stands accused of murdering a female citizen in Cuba, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to the former Soviet Unions one-time ally on a criminal investigation-cum-diplomatic mission.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kaminski does it again

    • By Gabrielle on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Vengeance

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 34

    Lew finds himself being trailed by a mysterious burly man....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The melancholy server

    • By Donald on 04-09-06

    Regular price: $26.60

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