Search Results: "Stuart M. Kaminsky"


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NOW YOU SEE IT by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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HARD CURRENCY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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DANCING IN THE DARK by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE BIG SILENCE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE DEAD DON’T LIE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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MILDRED PIERCED by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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NOT QUITE KOSHER by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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ALWAYS SAY GOODBYE by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE ROCKFORD FILES by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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TOMORROW IS ANOTHER DAY by Stuart M. Kaminsky
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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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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 >