Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov by Stuart M Kaminsky
Inspector Rostnikov is a series of crime fiction/mystery novels by American novelist Stuart Kaminsky. Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov is a police investigator who plies his trade in Moscow, Russia.

Stuart M. Kaminsky began his Inspector Rostnikov series in 1981 with Rostnikov’s Corpse (also known as Death of a Dissident). The series lasted 16 novels, concluding with 2010’s A Whisper to the Living. Below is a list of Stuart M. Kaminsky’s Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov books in order of when they were first released (which is also their chronological order):

Publication Order of Inspector Rostnikov Books


Rostnikov's Corpse(1981) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Black Knight in Red Square(1983) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Red Chameleon(1985) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Cold Red Sunrise(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Fine Red Rain(1987) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Rostnikov's Vacation(1991) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Man Who Walked Like a Bear(1990) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Death of a Russian Priest(1992) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Hard Currency(1995) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Blood and Rubles(1996) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Tarnished Icons(1997) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
The Dog Who Bit a Policeman(1998) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Fall of a Cosmonaut(2000) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express(2001) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
People Who Walk in Darkness(2008) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price
A Whisper to the Living(2010) Best Hardcover PriceBest Paperback PriceBest Kindle Price

Notes: Rostnikov’s Corpse was also published under the title Death of a Dissident.

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Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Synopses: In the first book of the Inspector Rostnikov series, Death of a Dissident (aka Rostnikov’s Corpse), Aleksander Granovsky has dedicated his life to exposing the penal system of Russian and its brutality, but has been charged with smuggling essays to the West. While he’s in the middle of writing a speech, a hired killer puts a sickle through his heart. Moscow detective Porfiry Rostnikov is given the case, but he must use all of his skills in order to find this assassin.

The second book of Stuart Kaminsky’s Inspector Rostnikov series is Black Knight in Red Square. Moscow’s Metropole Hotel is a relic from the previous era, but is not very well maintained. Now, it is also the scene of four murders. An American, a Japanese and two Russians lay dead. The Krelim goes to Porfiry Rostnikov in order to solve these murders and keep them under wraps.

In Red Chameleon, Rostnikov thinks he may have found his way out of Russia after a lifetime of service. He’s found some incriminating evidence and uses it to bargain himself and his wife exit visas. But when Brezhnev’s death sends the country into turmoil, it puts an end of Inspector Rostnikov’s possible departure.

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