Shining a Light on Stuart M. Kaminsky

There are few authors as prolific as Stuart Kaminsky.  He wrote three very different mystery series as well as contributing scripts for television shows like The Rockford Files.

My favorite series is the Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov police procedurals set in Moscow.  There are sixteen books in the series, covering life in that city between 1981 and 2010 and the perils inherent in living in the Soviet Union and then in the capital city of one of the members of the Russian Federation.  Rostnikov is a body-builder, married and the father of a son.  He takes upon himself the responsibility of keeping all the plumbing in his building in working order.  He loves plumbing because all the pipes make sense in their relation to the whole.

It isn’t necessary to read the books in order but it does help with character development as the readers see changes.

DEATH OF A DISSIDENT                            HARD CURRENCY

BLACK KNIGHT IN RED SQUARE     BLOOD AND RUBLES

RED CHAMELEON                  TARNISHED ICONS

A FINE RED RAIN    THE DOG WHO BIT A POLICEMAN

A COLD RED SUNRISE        FALL OF A COSMONAUT

THE MAN WHO WALKED LIKE A BEAR   A WHISPER TO THE LIVING

ROSTNIKOV’S VACATION   MURDER ON THE TRANS-SIBERIAN EXPRESS

DEATH OF A RUSSIAN PRIEST    THE PEOPLE WHO WALK IN DARKNESS


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3 Responses to Shining a Light on Stuart M. Kaminsky

  1. Condorena says:

    Stuart Kaminsky’s Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov has been a favorite protagonist for years. It was one of those series that I never tired of. Thanks for this profile.

  2. M. Maag says:

    I loved Mr. Kaminsky’s Toby Peters books. They were all well researched, well written and lots of fun. I discovered them only recently and was crushed when I learned that the brilliant author was no longer with us. I wish that there was some author, somewhere, who would attempt to take up where Mr. Kaminsky left off.

    • Beth says:

      Stuart Kaminsky had a terrific talent that allowed him to write such disparate series as Toby Peters, Inspector Rostnikov, and Abe Lieberman of the Chicago police. All are different but full and complete, living in different periods in the twentieth century and in very different cultures.

      Picking up where Kaminsky left off would be a formidable task.

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