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  • Hard Currency | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Hard Currency

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 32 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. With a watchful KGB agent on his tail Rostnikov must grapple with his cunning Cuban counterpart as well as a perplexing murder scenario, to save face for his mother country.

    Gabrielle says: "Kaminski does it again"
  • Lieberman's Choice | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    Bernie Shepard comes home with a shotgun. He opens the door to his bedroom, and sees what he expected - his wife in bed with another cop. Two pumps of the shotgun take care of them, and Shepard carries out the rest of his plan. Accompanied by his dog, this half-mad detective goes to the roof of his building, where he has built a small fortress stocked with food, water, and weapons. Talking Shepard down falls to Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan, the odd-couple partners in Chicago homicide.

    Ted says: "15 Stars for Lieberman's Allegory!"
  • Lieberman's Day | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In a posh part of Chicago’s North Side, two Trinidadian men look for someone to jump. Waiting outside an apartment building, they see a couple shivering in the cold as they make their way to their car. The Trinidadians draw guns, demand money - and quickly go too far. Shots ring out, and the muggers run. Behind them, the man is dead, and his pregnant wife lays bleeding in the street.The murder victim is the nephew of Abe Lieberman, one of the most dignified cops in Chicago homicide. When he learns of the killing, Lieberman’s calm facade cracks. As he works with his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to find the killers, Lieberman makes a pact with the devil....

    Richard Delman says: "You are in the hands of a true master; a mensch."
  • Blood and Rubles | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Blood and Rubles

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Crime in post-communist Russia has only gotten worse: rubles are scarce, blood, plentiful. In the eyes of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov and his metropolitan police team, newfound democracy has unleashed the desperation that pushes people over the edge, and a trio of nasty cases confirms their worst fears.

  • Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: Inspector Rostnikov, Book 14 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: Inspector Rostnikov, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    Inside the Moscow Police Department, madness reigns. Inspectors Karpo and Zelach enter the underground world of post-punk rock clubs searching for clues to the disappearance of an anti-Semitic rock star who happens to be the son of one of Moscow's most powerful Jewish citizens.

  • A Whisper to the Living | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    A Whisper to the Living

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 55 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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.

    Robert says: "Great series,"
  • Tarnished Icons | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Tarnished Icons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    In the topsy-turvy world of post-communist Russia, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov's work is never done. Three congregants from a local synagogue, gunned down in the night, are the latest victims in the seemingly systematic execution of Jews in Moscow. But the shocking identity of one of the murdered men leads Rostnikov to suspect that, rather than simple intolerance, a more calculated motive lies behind the slaughter. Meanwhile, the city's women are under siege by The Shy One - a knife-wielding rapist who strikes without being seen....

  • The Dog Who Bit a Policeman | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The Dog Who Bit a Policeman

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Moscow police inspector Porfiry Rostnikov has adapted well to life without Communism. But under the Soviets, blood feuds were pursued in the dark halls of bureaucracy, and now they take place in the streets. An international drug ring has chosen Moscow as its next port of call, and the only thing standing in its way is the budding Russian mob, headed by a young man whose brutality is matched only by his madness. In a gang war of this magnitude, no civilian is safe.

    Chris Garner says: "Unable to play this on any of my media players.."
  • Fall of a Cosmonaut: An Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mystery, Book 13 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Fall of a Cosmonaut: An Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mystery, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    It was one of those days when Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov should have stayed in bed. After braving a ferocious storm, Rostnikov arrives inside the Petrovka headquarters only to find three very peculiar investigations waiting for him. First there's cosmonaut Tsimion Vladovka, whose last words on the space station Mir were instructions to contact Rostnikov if something went wrong with the mission. Now, Vladovka is missing and his fellow cosmonauts are turning up dead.

    maureen says: "Very poor choice of narrator"
  • Buried Caesars: Toby Peters, Book 14 | Stuart Kaminsky

    Buried Caesars: Toby Peters, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    The uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese. But though he may be all-powerful in the South Pacific, today he is in Los Angeles with a problem only a detective can solve. The general has an eye on a postwar promotion to the White House, and an aide has stolen his war chest, his donor list, and a handful of embarrassing private letters. To get them back, Toby may need some help.

    Ms Peach says: "Great"
  • Rostnikov's Vacation | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Rostnikov's Vacation

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 23 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
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    A Jewish man in a squalid government flat finds a killer in his shower. A young punk girl hurtles naked through the window of her apartment. And in the Crimea, at a health retreat for mid-level functionaries, an aging policeman’s death is made to look like heart failure.

    Claudia says: "As always Kaminsky delivers"
  • The People Who Walk in Darkness: An Inspector Rostnikov Mystery | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The People Who Walk in Darkness: An Inspector Rostnikov Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Daniel Oreskes
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    Inspector Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Russia. Known as "The Washtub", Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing (that is, disintegrating) Russia. Surviving pogroms and politburos, he has solved crimes, mostly in spite of the powers that rule his world.

    Marco says: "historical ineptitude"
  • Death of a Russian Priest | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Death of a Russian Priest

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    When Inspector Rostnikov arrives in the town of Arkush with Emil Karpo, the policeman nicknamed the Vampire, he finds a community stunned by the murder of the outspoken Father Merhum. But it is the priest's cryptic last words that make Rostnikov wonder if this was indeed a political assassination or a murder with a motive closer to home.

  • The Man Who Walked Like a Bear | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The Man Who Walked Like a Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    Porfiry and Sarah Rostnikov have been in love since the end of World War II, growing old together as the Soviet Union lurches towards modernity. Sarah is recovering from a brain operation, her police inspector husband at her side, when a bearlike man staggers into her hospital room. Hulking, naked, and insensible, he is about to leap out the window when Rostnikov talks him off the ledge. But before the orderlies take him away, the giant whispers a secret to the investigator. Someone has been stealing from the factory where he works.

    Richard Delman says: "I love Stuart Kaminsky."
  • Death of a Dissident | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Death of a Dissident

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 14 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
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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.

    sandra b says: "Mystery with a USSR/Russian Twist"
  • Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    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. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

    Richard Delman says: "How can this man write so much, and so well?"
  • The Big Silence | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The Big Silence

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
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    The Big Silence takes Lieberman and his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahan - the Rabbi and the Priest, as they are known on the streets - on a journey that will test their consciences to the limit. When the young son of an informant in a governmental witness protection program is kidnapped and a grisly death occurs, they will have to make some hard choices to make things right. Told with compassion and with the keen insight into the human psyche, The Big Silence is gritty, compelling...and unforgettable.

    Richard Delman says: "If Lieberman and Hanrahan arrested me..."
  • A Cold Red Sunrise | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    A Cold Red Sunrise

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 40 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (10)
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    At an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances. The high-ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate: he is murdered by an icicle thrust into his skull. Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to solve the Commissar's murder, with one caveat: He is not to investigate the girl's death. Even if all the clues tell him that the two cases are linked.

  • Red Chameleon | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Red Chameleon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (11)
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    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. A ring of car thieves with a taste for expensive vehicles is at large in Moscow's streets. High above the gray city, a sniper is taking aim at police officers, and the obsessed detective Emil Karpo takes the assignment to heart.

    Gabrielle says: "Skillfully spun, excellent depiction of an era"
  • Lieberman's Law: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Law: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (30)
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    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. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have more sinister plans in mind. Finding the culprit opens a window on the broiling ethnic tensions on Chicago's North Side, and what's happening in Abe's family life does nothing to turn down the heat.

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure."
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