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People Who Walk In Darkness

An Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mystery

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

People Who Walk In Darkness by Stuart M. Kaminsky
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  • Published in USA  Apr 2009
    288 pages
    Genre: Mysteries

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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.

 In People Who Walk in Darkness, Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret … and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers, and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level.

 People Who Walk in Darkness is a fast-paced novel of modern Russia told by one of mystery’s finest storytellers.

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"Starred Review. [S]olid suspense and knockout characterization." - Booklist

"The particularly high stakes make this one of Rostnikov's more exciting investigations." - Publishers Weekly

"Kaminsky expertly ties all the disparate threads together into one satisfying read ... Strongly recommended." - Library Journal

"Suffers a bit from subplot glut, but it's good to have the old campaigner, who looks like a bear and thinks like a fox, astutely sifting clues again in Kaminsky's 54th novel." - Kirkus Reviews

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Stuart M. Kaminsky was born September 29, 1934, and brought up in Chicago, earning earned a B.S. in journalism and an M.A. in English from the University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in speech from Northwestern University.

The author of more than 60 novels and an Edgar Award winner who was given the coveted Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America. His series include the Lew Fonesca, Inspector Rostnikov, Toby Peters, and Abe Lieberman mysteries, which includes such titles as Terror Town, The Last Dark Place, and Not Quite Kosher. He passed away in the fall of 2009.

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