Search Results: "Stuart M. Kaminsky"


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PEOPLE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE LAST DARK PLACE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TO CATCH A SPY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TERROR TOWN by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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BRIGHT FUTURES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LIEBERMAN'S LAW by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LIEBERMAN'S DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LIEBERMAN'S THIEF by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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A WHISPER TO THE LIVING by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LIEBERMAN'S CHOICE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >