Books by Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS.


A WHISPER TO THE LIVING by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2010

"Kaminsky's distinguished series is always worth your time. Subplot sprawl, however, shoves Rostnikov too far from the center, and less of Rostnikov means a lesser entry."
The Soviet Union's crooks are gone, but for Chief Inspector Rostnikov & Co. the felonies linger on. Read full book review >
BRIGHT FUTURES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 1, 2009

"As deeply felt as Lew's first five cases (Always Say Goodbye, 2006, etc.), though the waggish cast seems to have wandered over from Kaminsky's Toby Peters franchise."
When an activist who opposes government financing of college scholarships and education programs for the gifted is murdered, there's no dearth of suspects. Read full book review >
PEOPLE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 1, 2008

"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."
After seven years of chronicling the affairs of Chicago cop Abe Lieberman, Hollywood shamus Toby Peters and Sarasota process server Lew Fonesca (The Dead Don't Lie, 2007, etc.), Kaminsky returns to Moscow. Read full book review >
THE DEAD DON’T LIE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"Lieberman's tenth gives good weight, right down to a nicely inconclusive ending that makes more tightly woven conclusions seem amateurish."
The results of Chicago's latest crime spree, in the words of Det. Abe Lieberman, are "four dead Turks and one tired Jew." Read full book review >
ALWAYS SAY GOODBYE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2006

"Several expertly handled little mysteries, but no big bang. Kaminsky is clearly aiming at series fans who are aching for the moment when Lew can finally say goodbye."
Lew Fonesca's search for his wife's killer turns out to be the most understated of his five adventures to date (Denial, 2005, etc.). Read full book review >
TERROR TOWN by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 2006

"The death of Ed McBain leaves Kaminsky the pre-eminent living writer of police procedurals. Though this one's not up to Lieberman's very best, two of his cases end with a bang."
Three intertwined cases for Det. Sgt. Abe Lieberman, Chicago's most humane cop, and his friends (The Last Dark Place, 2004, etc.). Read full book review >
DENIAL by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 1, 2005

"Compelling in Lew's unobtrusively sensitive way, though it looks as if his fifth case, when he searches for the driver who ran down his own wife in Chicago four years ago, will be the big one."
Sarasota process server Lew Fonesca (Midnight Pass, 2003, etc.) never smiles even on good days, but his caseload this time has made him more withdrawn than ever. Read full book review >
THE LAST DARK PLACE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2004

"Kaminsky packs Abe's latest procedural almost too generously with subplots, and then provides most of them a teasing, sometimes heartrending extra kick before calling it a day."
Murder, rape, gang warfare, and his grandson's bar mitzvah: it's another busy week for Chicago cop Abe Lieberman (Not Quite Kosher, 2002, etc.). Read full book review >
NOW YOU SEE IT by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Nov. 1, 2004

"The Peters entourage, barreling ahead full tilt, provides just enough insanity to enliven a routine whodunit."
Joined by his recently retired brother Phil Pevsner, 1940s p.i. Toby Peters (Mildred Pierced, 2003, etc.) proves that the hand really isn't quicker than the eye when he plays bodyguard to a famous magician. Read full book review >
MIDNIGHT PASS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Dec. 1, 2003

"Prolific Kaminsky strikes a nice balance between dark and light in this fast-moving adventure."
Still grieving over the death of his wife back in Chicago, process-server Lew Fonesca (Retribution, 2002, etc.) takes on one impossible task after another as he crawls out of exile just long enough to rescue every lost soul in Sarasota. Read full book review >
MILDRED PIERCED by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2003

"More somber than Toby's usual antic fare, perhaps out of respect for Ruth."
Detective to the stars Toby Peters (To Catch a Spy, 2002, etc.) finds a client tougher than he is when he investigates the death of his officemate's wife. Read full book review >
NOT QUITE KOSHER by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2002

"A lesser entry in Kaminsky's finest series, with a starring role for the Chicago River, enjoying what may be its busiest fictional week ever."
A pair of chapters as gemlike as short stories kick off Chicago detective Abe Lieberman's seventh case—if "case" is the best word for the latest chapter in Lieberman's Joblike trials. Read full book review >
TO CATCH A SPY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 1, 2002

"The latest in prolific Kaminsky's Toby Peters series is a mild-mannered thriller—peril but no real mystery—that seems to be marking time between his last zany adventure (A Few Minutes Past Midnight, 2001) and the next."
Private eye Toby Peters, who's been pushing 50 since 1977, is finally showing his age. Read full book review >
RETRIBUTION by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2001

"Most of the people who ever lived.""
Thousands of fictional detectives have returned for encores, but Kaminsky has had the novel idea of recycling his detective's quarry as well. Read full book review >
MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 24, 2001

"And fans of this distinguished series may well delight in a rosier Rostnikov."
His Moscow is bleak and benighted, his cases never-ending and knotty, his boss as unpredictable and unsettling as ever, and yet, in his 14th outing (Fall of a Cosmonaut, 2000, etc.), Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov of the Office of Special Investigations seems somehow a cheerier version of his pragmatic self. Read full book review >
A FEW MINUTES PAST MIDNIGHT by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 2001

"An ingenious twist on the old serial killer chestnut, with the usual manic Peters ménage obbligato."
Private investigator Toby Peters may have worked for some of the biggest stars in 1940s Hollywood—Clark Gable, Fred Astaire, W.C. Fields—but it's the bit players in Kaminsky's freewheeling series (Never Cross a Vampire, 2000, etc.) that get all the laughs. Read full book review >
THE BIG SILENCE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 2000

"More complex than McBain, with a wry touch Kellerman (both of them) would do well to emulate."
Assigned to baby-sit the ex-wife and son of accountant Mickey Gornitz before Gornitz testifies against his mobster boss Jimmy Stashall, Chicago cop Bill Hanrahan hears gunshots and races outside their supposedly secret motel location to find the woman dead and the son abducted, a scenario all too reminiscent of another of his foul-ups, when he was still a drunk. Read full book review >
FALL OF A COSMONAUT by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 21, 2000

"Still, what matters most is that Kaminsky's shabby Moscow continues to live in the imagination as vividly and convincingly as Ed McBain's savage Isola."
The troubled spaceship Mir is in difficulties again, and this time, for some reason, Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov of the Office of Special Investigations, Moscow Police, is in some way connected. ‘Inform him,' Cosmonaut T. Vladovka said in what he certainly believed would be the Mir's last transmission. Read full book review >
VENGEANCE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Sept. 13, 1999

"The biggest news, though, is his depressed little Lancelot in Levi's, who's worth at least a dozen more installments."
Not content with creating Toby Peters, Insp. Read full book review >
HIDDEN by Stuart M. Kaminsky
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"A fine, varied showcase for a born storyteller."
In his brief Introduction, the prolific Kaminsky (The Dog Who Bit a Policeman, 1998, etc.) maintains that he had fun writing every one of these 16 stories (1965—91), and it shows. Read full book review >
THE ROCKFORD FILES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1998

"Kaminsky's second revival of the TV series (The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle, 1996) starts off with a teenager popping up out of nowhere claiming to be his daughter, heavy with suspicions that her missing mother, Jim's long-ago lover, was murdered by her husband."
 The Rockford Files ($22.95; Mar.; 288 pp.; 0-312-86444-2): His father may have died, but Jim Rockford won't be alone for long. Read full book review >
A FATAL GLASS OF BEER by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 7, 1997

"Toby's 20th (Dancing in the Dark, 1996, etc.) is cause for celebration, especially if Fields is paying."
 In the strangely prudent youth that preceded his misspent middle age, misanthropic funnyman W.C. Fields squirreled away sizeable chunks of his earnings in banks across the country, under such quaintly Fieldsian monikers as Otis J. Raisincluster and Cormorant Beecham III. Read full book review >
THE ROCKFORD FILES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1996

"Kaminsky's fans shouldn't get their hopes up: The important brand-name here is Rockford."
 As if he didn't have enough to do already, Kaminsky takes a break from his three series detectives—Toby Peters, Porfiry Rostnikov, and Abe Lieberman—to put his spin on an even older series, starring TV's laid-back Malibu shamus Jim Rockford, who agrees this time to look for orthopedic surgeon Dr. Andrew Lewiston's missing niece in return for getting his knees fixed. Read full book review >
LIEBERMAN'S LAW by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 19, 1996

"Next time, though, Kaminsky better watch the loose ends, or he'll drive this fine series into as soapy a rut as the Gideon stories."
 Abe Lieberman specializes in intractable problems, but this time he may have met his match in the vandals who desecrated four Chicago temples, including Abe's own Mir Shavot. Read full book review >
BLOOD AND RUBLES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"The most honored of the three series Kaminsky juggles (along with the Toby Peters and the Abe Lieberman mysteries) has produced another entry worthy of comparison with the very best of Ed McBain's 87th Precinct procedurals."
 Watched and helped by Craig Hamilton of the FBI, Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov's overworked squad attacks several hopeless cases. Read full book review >
DANCING IN THE DARK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 1996

"The uninitiate will scratch their heads in bemusement."
 Luna Martin wants Fred Astaire to teach her to dance. Read full book review >
LIEBERMAN'S THIEF by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 12, 1995

"The biggest mystery: Why isn't this outstanding series, now in its fourth book, pulling in the vast audience abandoned by Harry Kemelman's Rabbi Small?"
 After his wife is stabbed to death during a bungled burglary attempt, Saginaw Park investment-broker Harvey Rozier asks that Sgt. Read full book review >
TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Together with Hard Currency (see above), this tale provides dramatic evidence of Kaminsky's versatility—and a bright spot in the spottiest of his three detective series."
 ``I like my jobs straight and simple,'' laments Hollywood shamus Toby Peters (The Devil Met a Lady, 1994, etc.) shortly after getting sucked into still another case that is, as usual, anything but. Read full book review >
HARD CURRENCY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1995

"Though the two stories of Rostnikov abroad and his deputies back home never do come together, either one would be worth a book of its own in this richly rewarding series."
 With the collapse of the evil Soviet empire, where can an ethical Russian cop like Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov (Death of a Russian Priest, 1992, etc.) find moral tussles within the system? Read full book review >
LIEBERMAN'S DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 1994

"A standout performance in a fine series."
 Abe Lieberman's sorriest day begins a few minutes after midnight, when the veteran cop's nephew David is shot dead, and David's pregnant wife Carol wounded, by a pair of clueless muggers. Read full book review >
THE DEVIL MET A LADY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Oct. 1, 1993

"Not the best in this waggish, venerable series."
 Another pleasantly foolish outing for Toby Peters (The Melting Clock, 1991, etc.), shamus to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. Read full book review >
LIEBERMAN'S CHOICE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 22, 1993

"The incongruous mix of taut narrative and shaggy domestic detail keeps this below the level of Lieberman's debut (Lieberman's Folly, 1991), but it's still well worth your time."
 Mad as hell and resolved not to take any more, Chicago cop Bernie Shepard shoots his wife and her lover, then adjourns to the roof of his apartment building, which he's already wired with explosives, and demands that the police send up the man who first seduced and corrupted his spouse—Captain Alan Kearney, now assigned to the task force trying to get Shepard down. Read full book review >
DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Aug. 1, 1992

"It all adds up to Rostnikov's best outing since A Cold Red Sunrise (1988)."
 Kaminsky moves closer to becoming the Ed McBain of Mother Russia with this tale of two felonies, as Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov—in his seventh outing (Rostnikov's Vacation, 1991, etc.)—investigates the murder of elderly, politically outspoken Father Vasili Merhum in the village of Arkush, while his deputy Sasha Tkach—newly and uncomfortably partnered with Elena Timofeyeva—competes with a stone killer to comb the hot-spots of Moscow searching for Amira Durahaman, daughter of the Syrian oil minister. Read full book review >
THE MELTING CLOCK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Dec. 1, 1991

"Above average for this uneven series (Poor Butterfly, 1970, etc.), though not in the same league as Kaminsky's stories about Inspector Rostnikov."
 Hollywood-40's p.i. Read full book review >
BURIED CAESARS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
Released: April 11, 1989

Yet another 1940's episode for Hollywood shamus Toby Peters—with dandy wartime atmosphere, sporadic charm, silly-putty plotting, and (as always) celebrity guest-stars from the period. Read full book review >