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Fall of a Cosmonaut (Porfiry Rostnikov #13)

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More persistent than fearless, Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov makes his way through a ferocious storm, whose record breaking winds and rain push an iron bench along the street, to get inside the Petrovka headquarters where three peculiar investigations await him.Cosmonaut Tsimion Vladovka's last words on Mir's recorders were instructions to contact rostnikov in case som ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published September 21st 2000 by Mysterious Press (first published 2000)
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M Rothenbuhler
Mar 04, 2016 M Rothenbuhler rated it really liked it
Stuart Kominsky's ace detective, Porfiry Rostnikov, continues to be a favorite sleuth of mine. Similar to his previous work, there are parallel cases being solved here, by various members of his Department.

We are in post-Cold War Russia, and the men and women of the Department are adjusting to their new "democracy" with varying success.

The secret that the Cosmonoaut is hiding, and which is resulting in himself and other 'nauts being hunted down/killed, is rather mundane, that is to say, it is ha
Aug 06, 2014 Alan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Detection and crime solving again takes a back seat to character and descriptions of life in a changing Russia. For Rostinkov he is again handed what seems to be a near impossible case to resolve (emphasis on resolve and not solve). Three years earlier a cosmonaut had radioed in to ground control to tell Rostinkov if he didn't make it back. The cosmonaut returned, but now he has disappeared. And memebers of his crew and the replacement crew are having accidents.

At the same time Sasha and Elena h
Rostnikov is betting more poetic, philosophical, artistic, imaginative etc etc than ever in this book. Perhaps its the influence of the central mystery--who killed the cosmonaut and why. The regular characters are so well fleshed out by this time in the series that I can't help but cast them for a movie, which, if it were made, would no doubt be a big disappointment. Also, because by this time we know them so well, the repetitious descriptions, which until now have not bothered me, are beginning ...more
John Gilchrist
Mar 05, 2015 John Gilchrist rated it really liked it
good why is russian govt trying to kill everyone who knows what happened on the mir? movie producer movie is stolen for ransom
Sep 15, 2013 Lynn rated it liked it
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The quality of these books drops later in the series, in part I think because the Soviet backdrop is replaced, as it was in real life, by chaos. I also find the numerous inconsistencies (in dates, characters' story lines, etc.) more distracting. By this point however I really like the characters and want to see what happens to them - had Kaminsky not died, I would have continued to read about Rostnikov et al. indefinitely.
May 31, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it
Excellent entry in another good series written by Kaminsky; detective story set back in the USSR.
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Aug 20, 2008 Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews rated it it was ok
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I got about halfway through the book and decided it was too confusing to me and I didn't want to finish it. I don't think it is my mood, I think the book just didn't grab me. Plus life is too short to waste reading books you don't like or don't interest you!
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Received the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2007.

Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been nomi
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