A Whisper to the Living

A Whisper to the Living

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A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures (some would say trials and tribulations) of Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union. 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 Russia.  

Rostnikov 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…and 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.

Publisher: New York : Forge Books, 2010, c2009.
ISBN: 9780765318886
Characteristics: 256 p. ;,22 cm.


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Feb 12, 2018

Unfortunately, "A Whisper to the Living" is the last novel in the Inspector Rostnikov series. The series was well written and had interesting characters. I would rate "A Whisper to the Living" at 4.0 stars.

Other than Martin Cruz Smith publishing the occasional Arkady Renko novel, I am not aware of any other writer with a Russian police detective series. Considering the many new writers looking for a way to differentiate their writing to launch a successful new series, this is surprising.

Apr 14, 2015

Oh, yes 3-4 crimes solved at the same time! Russian first and last names are misspelled, or completely not exist in the Russian language. Half of everyday life in Russia that the author describes - is false.

Jul 04, 2011

This was Kaminsky's last mystery. He wrote tons of them, some set in Hollywood, some in Chicago, some in Russia, to wit the Inspector (NOT Detective, as in the library's "official" description) Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov series. Kaminsky was very good at what he did. I'm sorry indeed he won't be writing more. It was always a source of pleasure to know a new one was out.
The Inspector Rostnikov books are delightful. Do yourself a favor and start with the first (A Cold, Red Sunrise, I think), which takes place in the "old" Soviet Union, before the big break-up. Kaminsky tips his hat to Dostoyesky (sp?) when he names the inspector, of course, then creates a cast of charming-in-spite-of-themselves, deeply flawed main characters wrapped up in two or three intriguing back stories, more or less, in each book. The Inspector and his crew are very good at what they do, too, with little income, equipment or support. Go ahead. You won't strain your brain and you'll have a very satisfying read.

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