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    • 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 17
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

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

    • By Richard Delman on 02-01-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death of a Russian Priest

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 58 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 14

    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.

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    • Black Knight in Red Square

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 24 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The Moscow Film Festival may lack Cannes' boats, bikinis, and gentle breezes, but it has nevertheless attracted scores of international actors, directors, and deal-makers. For some, the festival represents Moscow's re-emergence as a world-class city. But for a gang of zealots headed by a beautiful brunette, the festival represents a target, and they have been attacking the "film people" with frightening efficiency. Desperate to avoid embarrassment, the Kremlin is trying to cover up the killings. And desperate to stop the killers, the KGB has put Inspector Rostnikov on the case.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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. 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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kaminski does it again

    • By Gabrielle on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Cold Red Sunrise

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 40 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

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    • 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. 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....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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. 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.

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    • 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 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    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.

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

    • By Richard Delman on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Death of a Dissident

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 19

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery with a USSR/Russian Twist

    • By sandra b on 02-19-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • 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, a simple message from a Chicago bookie who wants $120,000 from the world-renown Marx brother. The strange thing is that, though Chico likes to gamble, he hasn't been making bets in Chicago. Terrified, he goes to the studio for help. Louis B. Mayer, king of Hollywood, places a call to Toby Peters.

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    • Rostnikov's Vacation

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • As always Kaminsky delivers

    • By Claudia on 04-16-16

    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. He makes small problems go away and tries to keep the larger ones from landing his clients in jail. He finds deadbeats, errant spouses, and generally keeps the populace of Sarasota on the up and up.

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

    • By Barbara on 09-17-05

    Regular price: $27.93

    • A Few Minutes Past Midnight

    • Toby Peters, Book 21
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    This time out, in a raucous, new Hollywood thriller, private investigator Toby Peters - who has cracked cases involving such classic movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, and Mae West - is gumshoeing for the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Rudely awakened one midnight by a sinister visitor wielding a very large knife, Chaplin has been threatened with death unless he stops production on his latest project, a film in which a series of wealthy old women are married and then murdered for their money. Toby's discovery that six rich elderly women have recently died in the movie capital strikes him as no mere coincidence.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Toby works for the Tramp

    • By Mark S. Traub on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Fall of a Cosmonaut

    • An Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mystery, Book 13
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      3 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 9

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Very poor choice of narrator

    • By maureen on 01-18-17

    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 171
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 153
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 153

    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.

    • 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

    • A Fatal Glass of Beer

    • By: Stuart M Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 7 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    W. C. Fields hires private eye Toby Peters to nab the culprit who is robbing him one bank account at a time, but while on the thief's trail, the two find out there is another bad guy who does not want the money, but rather wants both of them dead.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • A Nose Knows

    • By John H on 05-29-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Never Cross a Vampire

    • The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 7

    Coffins fill the basement of a crumbling Los Angeles movie theater. Five vampires crowd around fading horror idol Bela Lugosi, peppering him with questions. A malfunctioning plastic fang causes one of the undead-wannabes to lisp. The effect is less than fearsome, but Lugosi is terrified, for one of these oddballs has been making threats on his life. He hires Toby Peters to provide security against his unbalanced fans. The detective is not concerned, but he should be. Even fake vampires can kill.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • L.A. Detective Toby Peters is on the Case!

    • By dwhith on 11-12-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Catch a Falling Clown

    • A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 10

    The gorilla doesn’t like clowns. Normally that wouldn’t bother Toby Peters, since detective work tends to keep him far away from animal cages, but tonight he’s dressed as a clown and locked in with the ape. The animal’s handler told him not to worry - gorillas don’t eat people. They just like to tear their arms and legs off. What the ape doesn’t understand is that Peters is here for his protection. Earlier that week, someone electrocuted an elephant, and the gorilla, as one of the star attractions in this second-rate circus, is next on the hit list.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By dwhith on 11-19-14

    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 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15

    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.

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

    • By Gabrielle on 03-19-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Mildred Pierced

    • The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 23
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    His longtime friend and office mate, the mad dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder - the victim, his estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a $200,000 inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck’s innocence. But the former MGM movie queen has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role.

    Regular price: $19.95

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