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Hard Currency (Porfiry Rostnikov #9)

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When a former Russian advisor stands accused of murdering a female citizen in Cuba, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to the former Soviet Unions one-time ally on a criminal investigation-cum-diplomatic mission. With a watchful KGB agent on his tail Rostnikov must grapple with his cunning Cuban counterpart as well as a perplexing murder scenario, to save face for h ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 243 pages
Published August 30th 1995 by Fawcett (first published 1995)
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Alan
Oct 13, 2013 Alan rated it really liked it
Additional confirmation, for me anyway, that Kaminsky's Rostnikov stories improved with age. Both Rotsnikov and Karpo as they get older have evolved as characters. Karpo struggles with admitting he is human and that the Communist Party that he devoted his life to is no more (and that corruption was rampant in both the good old days and today) and Rostnikov as a father figure to his staff and a man who takes pleasure in things outside of his work (though he remains more devoted to justice than th ...more
Ed
Aug 26, 2009 Ed rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Crime fiction fans.
The main protagonist in this story is Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov, nicknamed the Washtub, because of his physique. He reminds me of Arkady Renko of Gorky Park, one of my favorite fictional characters.

Hard Currency is basically two stories, the first involving Rostnikov in an investigation of the murder of a Cuban woman supposedly committed by a Russian advisor in Havana. The second, the search for a serial killer headed up by Inspector Emil Karpo, nicknamed the Vampire.

While neither story is di
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Suzy
Jan 28, 2016 Suzy rated it it was amazing
"We live in a world of unnecessary complexity," Rostnikov said as he rose. "It is the curse of being Russian. We don't believe that the mad world is sufficiently mad so we create even greater madness and then point to the chaos we have created as proof of our theory."
"We have a tragic history," Elena said.
"The greatest comedy is tragedy," he said. "Do you know who said that?"
"Lenin?"
"Gogol."
Ivonne Rovira
Jun 06, 2012 Ivonne Rovira rated it liked it
While some readers dislike that the two plots never intersected in Hard Currency, I didn't mind that. Both were excellent, suspenseful crime stories.

What did bother me was the minor errors in the Havana portion. The practitioners of the religion brought to Cuba by Yorubas are called "santeros," not "santerias." "Santeria" is the name of the religion. I was in La Floridita, a favorite watering hole of Hemingway's, in November 2000, and it didn't resemble the description in the book. It is my unde
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M Rothenbuhler
Mar 06, 2016 M Rothenbuhler rated it it was amazing
Sleuth Porfiry Rostnikov is a great character in the bleak Soviet world. This time he travels to Cuba to look into a case against a Russian, while during the parallel time his incongrous fellow detective the Vampire tracks down a sicko serial killer.

The gritty, weary feel of the post cold war Russia and post Russia Cuba is so well presented, and Porfiry Rostnikov is such a great character, that the novel cannot disappoint.

The mysteries are reasonably intricate and interesting. In the case of th
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John Gilchrist
Jun 18, 2015 John Gilchrist rated it really liked it
rost and girl invest go to cuba to gind ig russian embassy guy killed cuban girlfriend. karpov goes after serial killer
Suzanne Kelly
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Readable, entertaining mystery set in Cuba and Russia.
Ric
Jul 07, 2016 Ric rated it really liked it
Continuing in the beat and flavor of the characters and detective story this one branches out reaching into Cuba a land of old, death, and mystery. A set of stories that holds true to the setting of Russian police detectives trying to do their job while protecting themselves and their homeland. A good read once again leaving readers to wonder.
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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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