People Who Walk In Darkness
By Stuart M. Kaminsky
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780765318862, 288pp.)
Publication Date: August 5, 2008
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After a very long absence, Forge is delighted to be bringing back one of Edgar award winning Stuart Kaminsky’s best loved characters, Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov. Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet Union Russia. Known as “The Washtub,” 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. Surviving pogroms and politburos, he has solved crimes, mostly in spite of the powers that be that rule his world. In People Who Walk in Darkness, Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret…and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers…and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level.
People Who Walk in Darkness is a fast-paced novel of modern Russia told by one of mystery’s finest storytellers.
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.
Praise for the Inspector Rostnikov series:“Kaminsky works up plenty of sweaty-palmed suspense of the best sort, built out of equal parts of likeable characters and believable dangers.”--Washington Post Book World on Red Chameleon
“Kaminsky takes care not to rob the beleaguered cops of their human core--a courtesy he also extends to Moscow, which comes across as a character in its own right, rough and dangerous and somehow tragic.”--New York Times Book Review on The Dog Who Bit A Policeman
“Marvelous...From the uncertainties [of] modern Russia, Kaminsky continues to craft his crisp and thoughtful series."--Publishers Weekly (starred review)