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A Whisper to the Living by Stuart M. Kaminsky
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May 06, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: moscow, mystery, police-procedural

Each Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov novel has been a little miracle. How did Stuart Kaminsky make everyone so real? How did he move his characters from cold war to corrupt democracy? And how come he had to die, leaving his people in mid-sentence, mid-thought, mid-life?

I hadn't realized that Kaminsky had died until my husband, to whom I had recommended A Whisper to the Living, read the author blurb on the back of the jacket.

So, here are some questions I'll never have answered:

--Does Karpo (last seen blowing a note on the ocarina after having slept next to a stray black cat) continue to thaw, maybe even to love again?
--Do Sasha and Maya ever get to live apart from his incredibly annoying mother
--What happens to Zelko when his mother dies?
--Has Sara's brain tumor grown back?

And a little warning to any author tempted to cherry-pick the characters and write sequels: You'll never be able to do them justice, so don't even try.


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