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 (that is, disintegrating) Russia.
This time Rostnikov and his team are searching for a serial killer who has claimed at least 40 victims. They're also handling the case of a missing boxer known as the Giant and two dead bodies who aren’t missing at all—the boxer’s wife and his sparring partner. 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.
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The Boy in Bitsevsky Park
It was cold.
Not so cold that Yuri Platkov would not do that which he had promised himself to do if the man was still sitting on the bench in front of the path into Bitsevsky Park. It was cold, but the boy could detect a faint drifting fall of moisture from the dark sky.
The man was still sitting there.
Was this the fifth day in a row? Yuri counted backwards and decided that it was. It had snowed three days earlier, putting another white layer on the park. The man had been there before and during the snow.
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Stuart M. Kaminsky was 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. Kaminsky also created the critically acclaimed Inspector Rostinkov and Toby Peters mystery series. He passed away in the fall of 2009.
Stuart M. Kaminsky