Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

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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 the Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934-2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema - two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life's work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote qBullet for a Starq, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as qthe anti-Philip Marloweq. In 1981's qDeath of a Dissidentq, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009. Review quote: qKaminsky stands out as a subtle historian, unobtrusively but entertainingly weaving into the story itself what people were wearing, eating, driving, and listening to on the radio. A page-turning romp.q - Booklist. qIf you like your mysteries Sam Spade tough, with tongue-in-cheek and a touch of the theatrical, then the Toby Peters series is just your ticket.q - Houston Chronicle. qFor anyone with a taste for old Hollywood B-movie mysteries, Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun . . . The tone is light, the pace brisk, the tongue firmly in cheek.q - Publishers Weekly. qMarvelously entertaining.q - Newsday. qMakes the totally wacky possible . . . Peters [is] an unblemished delight.q - Washington Post. qThe Ed McBain of Mother Russia.q - Kirkus Reviews.... The sleeping kings of long ago Deep beneath Ben Bulben grow Drifts are shifted by the plough Like waves that break against the prow How do you like your blueeyed boy now Mr. Death? PORFIRY PETROVICH ROSTNIKOV WAS seated inanbsp;...

Title:Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express
Author:Stuart M. Kaminsky
Publisher:BASTEI LÜBBE - 2015-03-31


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