Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express by Stuart M. Kaminsky
A Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov Novel

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A century-old mystery takes Rostnikov halfway around the world
In the waning days of the Russian Empire, the Czar inked a secret treaty with Japan that was stolen en route by one of the workmen on the Trans-Siberian Railway. More than a one hundred years later, the Soviet Union has gone the way of the Czardom, and police inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is trying to find his way in the Russia of Vladimir Putin. A large amount of money is being sent from Odessa to Vladivostok to purchase a mysterious Czarist document, and Rostnikov’s superior believes it may be this long-lost treaty. Eastbound ticket in hand, Rostnikov sets out to investigate. Meanwhile, his subordinates in Moscow tackle a female Jack the Ripper and an anti-Semitic punk rocker whose mob connections may have gotten him kidnapped. It’s a brave new world in western Russia, but where Rostnikov is going, the landscape hasn’t changed in centuries.

About Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels. The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect. His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934.
Published October 16, 2012 by Road. 423 pages
Genres: Travel, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Crime. Fiction

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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 ...

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Chief Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, now working for Moscow's Office of Special Investigation and reporting to its director, Igor Yaklovev, gets assigned with one of his men to ride the 6,000-mile Trans-Siberian Express to intercept a courier exchanging money for a package somewhere along...

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Rostnikov directs a small Moscow police agency that handles delicate crimes, such as the disappearance of skinhead rock star Naked Cossack, who, unbeknownst to his fans, also happens to be the son of an important media owner and critic of the government.

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