Stuart M. Kaminsky
AUTHOR

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.

Read more Read less

Best Sellers

    • Red Chameleon

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 20

    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

    • The Man Who Walked Like a Bear

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    With his wife in the hospital, Porfiry Rostnikov tries to protect Moscow from chaos....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • I love Stuart Kaminsky.

    • By Richard Delman on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Midnight Pass

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Scott Brick
    • Length: 7 hrs and 25 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 81
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Lew Fonesca is a Sarasota part-time process server still mourning his dead wife and trying to get through life without any complications....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Midnight Pass

    • By Thomas on 06-01-05

    Regular price: $20.97

    • The Dog Who Bit a Policeman

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    An international gang war chooses Moscow as its battlefield....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unable to play this on any of my media players..

    • By Chris Garner on 12-15-16

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tarnished Icons

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

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

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Tomorrow Is Another Day

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    To avenge a long-ago death, a killer puts Toby Peters in his sights....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Blood and Rubles

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 8

    Crime in post-communist Russia has only gotten worse: rubles are scarce, blood, plentiful....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Whisper to the Living

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 55 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 57
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 36

    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....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series,

    • By Robert on 04-25-10

    Regular price: $15.36

    • A Cold Red Sunrise

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12

    At an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances....

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lieberman's Law

    • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31

    Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never has it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting little too close to home....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure.

    • By Richard Delman on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

Are you an author?

Help us improve our Author Pages by updating your bibliography and submitting a new or current image and biography.