Death of a Dissident

Narrated by: John McLain
Series: Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
4 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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The Victims

An unscrupulous cab driver. The killer's own frightened wife. Most troublesome of all, an outspoken dissident, watched closely by the KGB, whose trial had been set for the very next day.

The Weapons

A heavy iron-headed hammer. A rusty, antiquated sickle. And a broken vodka bottle.

The Cops

Tkach, who seduces suspects into confessing with his apparent innocence. Karpo, a bit of a Tartar, a bit of a vampire, a stolid saint of the Soviet faith. And Rostnikov, their leader, who almost wishes the investigation won't turn out to be too simple. Before the case is over, Rostnikov will remember that wish and regret it.

©1990 Stuart M. Kaminsky (P)2013 Audible, Inc.

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Missing the original performance.

I have read all the Kaminsky/Rostnikov novels and, tho this is a serviceable performance, I truly miss the much more Russian fluent original performances of these books, which were CD recordings and there lies the rub.
Onward! Thank you Audible, for these books!

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Mystery set in Soviet Russia

I originally read this back in the 80s (in real time) during the Cold War. I found it to be a fascinating glimpse of a people snd society who were closed off to us. The main character of Porfiry Rostnikov is a policeman who is very good at his job and very devoted to his Jewish wife. He struggles with the politics of not only his job, but with the arcane requirements for getting his plumbing fixed by the building's management. He manages to do both with zen-like patience and a sense of humor about the absurdity of life. The book was as good today as I remembered.

The reader was also very good. He was clear, easy to understand, and dramatic but not overly so. Please note that this was re-recorded by the current publisher and are not the original books on tape. Although, I loved the original reader (the always excellent Mark Hammer), I appreciate the clear, noise free digital production.

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Mystery with a USSR/Russian Twist

I am really enjoying this series. Each book now is like visiting my friend, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. I'm on book 8 of the series and enjoy the mysteries with the unique environment of the USSR/Russian system.
Sometimes navigating the system safely can be almost as tricky as solving the mystery.

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Narration is a heartbreaker

Although I love the written series, the narration of this recorded book is painful. John McLain's characters have a host of accents. Most of the minor characters speak with Russian accents. The main characters speak with American accents.

The final insult is the pronunciation of Sasha Tkach's name as "Catch".

I am trying to listen to the end, but may not suceed.

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A good book from Stuart M. Kaminsky and well

An entertaining book from Stuart M. Kaminsky and well narrated by John McLain with well developed plot and characters. Happy to try the next book in this series. For some reason I found the Russian names are a little harder than Swedish names to keep track of but I placed this book in the lower section of the top tier in my library, along with Kaminski's series about Chicago Detective Abe Lieberman.

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interesting look into USSR

good read, engaging characters, insight into workings of police and everday life of Moscovites in USSR

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Meh....


Mostly slow and plodding, characters not really developed, started as a good idea but somewhere along the way author seems to have lost the plot...so to speak.