Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov

17 books in series
4 out of 5 stars 267 ratings

Death of a Dissident Publisher's Summary

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.

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  • Book 1

    • 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

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  • Book 2

    • 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
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      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.

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  • Book 3

    • Red Chameleon

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 18

    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

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  • Book 4

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  • Book 5

    • 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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  • Book 6

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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

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  • Book 7

    • 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 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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

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  • Book 8

    • 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 18
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    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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  • Book 9

    • Hard Currency

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      5 out of 5 stars 8

    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

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  • Book 10

    • Blood and Rubles

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

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  • Book 11

    • 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....

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  • Book 12

    • 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 14
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

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

    • By Chris Garner on 12-15-16

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  • Book 13

    • 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

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  • Book 14

    • 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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  • Book 15

    • The People Who Walk in Darkness

    • An Inspector Rostnikov Mystery
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Daniel Oreskes
    • Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • historical ineptitude

    • By Marco on 12-14-09

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  • Book 16

    • 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. 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. 

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Great series,

    • By Robert on 04-25-10

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