A Cold Red Sunrise

A Cold Red Sunrise ISBN ISBN One Dead CommissarAt an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances The high ranking Commissa

  • Title: A Cold Red Sunrise
  • Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky
  • ISBN: 9780804104289
  • Page: 327
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • ISBN 3442115892ISBN 13 9783442115891One Dead CommissarAt an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances The high ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate he is murdered by an icicle thrust into his skull.One Live CopInspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to solve tISBN 3442115892ISBN 13 9783442115891One Dead CommissarAt an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances The high ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate he is murdered by an icicle thrust into his skull.One Live CopInspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to solve the Commissar s murder, with one caveat he is not to investigate the girl s death Even if all the clues tell him that the two cases are linked.One Cold KillerIn a single, fateful day, Rostnikov will hear two confessions, watch someone die, conspire against the government, and nearly meet his own death All under the watchful eye of the KGB and someone much closer and infinitely terrifying.

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    1. The old saying "red sky at night, sailor's delight; red sky in morning, sailors take warning," apparently has some scientific validity. It even appears in the Bible (Matthew XVI:2-3) Something to do with the refraction of sunlight through dust particles at night meaning a high pressure and fair weather is on the horizon whereas in the morning, deep red means it's shining through a lot of water content in the clouds. Or something like that.Whether Kaminsky had anything like that in mind with this [...]

    2. A Cold Red Sunrise is the fifth book of the Inspector Rostnikpov series set in Russia. This outing, published in 1988, shows slight hints of the Glasnost era, though the Soviet regime is very much in place. Rostnikpov is an interesting character – a stoic, cunning man with an injured leg, who is obsessed with weight-lifting and solving crimes, and manages to maintain high principles yet survive the political machinations of the Soviet policing and intelligence services. In this tale, Rostnikpo [...]

    3. A Cold Red Sunrise represents my first adventure with Russian Police Inspector, Porfiry Rostnikov, one of several of Stuart Kaminsky's on going characters.Rostnikov is a fifty plus year old cop with a bum leg married to a Jewish woman. As an additional item of interest, their only son is a soldier in the Russian army stationed in Afghanistan. Throughout the story we are treated to not only the development of the mystery Rostnikov is sent to investigate in Siberia, but to snatches of ordinary mid [...]

    4. Porfiry Rostnikov, the investigator, is the most likable and interesting character. His co-workers are also unique. It is a murder mystery, but the setting and the characters make all of the Porfiry Rostnikov books worth the read.

    5. This book is a perfect example of a frequent topic of discussion on the DorothyL list: "What takes you out of the story?" Since my dim dead past includes being a Russian literature major in college and serving as a Russian interpreter in the Army, the frequent errors when Kaminsky inserted transliterated Russian words into his narrative not only annoyed me, but made me doubt other aspects of the story. The river in Siberia is the Yenisei, not the "Yensei;" one cigarette is a papiros, two are pap [...]

    6. [image error]Another 2013 discovery, as far as I'm concerned. Never heard of the guy, so everything came as total surprise. Sometimes it pays off to read something quite unexpected.I've been digging up all of the Edgar Awards. Before getting hold of the complete list, I thought I knew everyone there was to know on the Crime Fiction Scene. Not so.One of the things that surprised me was the portrayal of Siberia, which is quite mesmerizing. It captures an undeniably beautiful world frozen in time, [...]

    7. Published 1988 Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel. A taiozhniki is a forest dweller."There are Evenks in the taiga beyond the town who don't encounter civilization for years. No one knows how many of them there are. The government can't find them, keep track of them. The forests have been theirs since God created man. They named the river, Yensei, 'big river,' a thousand years before we came. "There are Evenks nearby?" asked Rostnikov. "A few, from time to time," said Galich. "Even [...]

    8. Personally I don't think this is Kaminsky's best Rostnikov mystery, but this is the one that won the Edgar Award. I read this several years ago, and upon re-read I think I know why the committee selected this book. I think it was because is many ways Kaminsky makes the Siberian town of Tumsk a character as much as any one person in the book.Rostnikov remains demoted, and the KGB still has their eyes on the inspector. It is because of this he is sent from his city of Moscow to Siberia to investig [...]

    9. I am always interested by books that take place in Siberia - the setting is interesting, bleak, cold, but nothing about the beauty that other authors report. And not much of a story but a good plane read.

    10. Stuart Kaminsky has 4 different mystery series. Toby Peters is a private detective in Hollywood in the 40's.Lew Fonesca is a process server in Florida who helps people unofficially.Abe Lieberman is a police detecive in Chicago.Finally there is Porfiry Rostnikov a Moscow police inspector.All 4 characters share a sad demeanor but are all uniquely individual as well. This time Inspector Rostnikov is investigating the murder of a Commissar in Siberia.The story feels more like a British cozy mystery [...]

    11. I have to admit that I shied away from this at first. Why?Well, it takes place in Russia – in Siberia, no less – and thoseRussian names – wouldn’t they be a problem?Then I began reading. This is a fascinating page turner, withcharacters as real as your friends and neighbors – and their names?No problem. And the setting? Simply adds to the aura of danger,mystery, and the shades and nuances of character and plot.This man can write! And now I want to read the rest of this series.

    12. I was sorry to hear that Kaminsky died. His "Rostnikov" series has been among my very favorites. While his other books are amusing, these have teeth: great characters and good stories about a cop in Russia, both before and after the Cold War. The cinematic characteristics of these books, especially this one, make for great reads (and audio books). It came as no surprise to me that he was a film instructor, but I am surprised that none of these have been made into movies. Can't be: I'll have to c [...]

    13. Stuart Kaminsky has become a favorite of mine, both for his skill in crafting enjoyable and intriguing stories, and for his uncanny diversity-- he writes a well plotted mystery in this Porfiry Rostnikov novel and very funny & creative stories in his Toby Peters series, and my personal favorite, Abe Lieberman series. This was a well done and suspenseful, albeit brief story that moved along to a satisfying ending.

    14. Very good and interesting story, especially the Siberian part. The on going story tells a great deal about how things are done in the Russian way during that period of history. The characters are well balanced with the story being very good. Often follow the store looking at maps and history about the places and events that are described. This book has a great deal to follow and think about. A very good read indeed.

    15. This is just one book in one series of Stuart Kaminsky. I don't know if I'd say that this author was underrated; he may have been a billionaire or a modestly paid professor. But I like his books, especially the ones set in Russia. I was surprised when I read the most recent of Kaminsky's book,and, looking to see if his photo had changed on the flyleaf, learned that he had died. A moment of sadness followed.

    16. I wasn't expecting much from this nondescript,yellow paged book that I found at a book sale for 25 cents but I pleasantly surprised to find a good, old-fashioned, well written murder mystery. It also has some interesting information about Siberia. If you are looking for a quick read and don't mind the Russian names and places, I think you would enjoy this book.

    17. Boring, ultimately pointless, and the mystery is completely unsatisfying (both obvious and impossible to figure out at the same time). The only thing going for this is the Soviet setting, and the author has nothing interesting to say on that score. The only saving grace is that the book was short, so I didn't waste very much time. Skip it.

    18. I'm a big fan of Martin Cruz Smith (all books beginning with Gorky Park) and I was hoping Kaminsky might measure up. I'm curious now why this author didn't since he's a very respected writer in the genre. The story was okay but no wow factor. There was a subplot, another case besides the main one, and I never understood why. In the end, they had no connection. Odd . me.

    19. A Cold Red Sunrise by Stuart Kaminsky is an excellent murder mystery. The characters are interesting and likeable, even the murderer in this case. It is a story of detectives from Moscow, two of whom are sent to investigate the death of another policeman in Siberia. I look forward to the next in the series.

    20. My first read of Stuart M. Kaminsky and his Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. . .I loved it! The Inspector is with the Moscow Police. . . murder, KGB, intrigue, in depth characters, a snapshot of period Russia and a WELL written plot. What's not to love. I will read the entire series.

    21. Good fast read, but didn't much care for being in Siberia at 40 minus degrees from zero!:-)The characters were, for the most part, well drawn, but a few didn't seem necessary for the plot.I doubt that I'll read more in the series

    22. Using Siberia as his setting Kaminsky paints a colorful picture of Soviet society in the 1980s. An icicle piercing the skull of the murder victim allows Kaminsky to illustrate how the watchful eye of the KGB operates.

    23. Siberia can be called Hell Frozen Over. One dead child, one dead commissar, one observant "cop", and one cold killer in that hell combine to make a tightly written Russian mystery. I liked it enough to want to try some of the author's other writings.

    24. Only available used, this book won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel. I found that I knew 'who done it' about the time Inspector Rostnikov did, but I think it is well worth reading.

    25. The best Inspector Rostnikov book I have read so far. The ending surprised me and Siberia chilled me. I have developed a deep affection for the characters in this series.

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