“There is nothing more deceptive than an obvious fact.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
“It is a capital mistake to theorize before one has data. Insensibly one begins to twist facts to suit theories, instead of theories to suit facts.”
-Arthur Conan Doyle, Sherlock Holmes
“The girl gave him a look which ought to have stuck at least four inches out of his back.”
-Raymond Chandler, The Long Goodbye
“The problem with putting two and two together is that sometimes you get four, and sometimes you get twenty-two.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Thin Man
“We didn't exactly believe your story, Miss O'Shaughnessy, we believed your 200 dollars. I mean, you paid us more than if you had been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it alright.”
-Dashiell Hammett, The Maltese Falcon
“I spent most of my dough on booze, broads and boats… and the rest I wasted.”
-Elmore Leonard, LaBrava
“There were not so many physical threats that could not be countered with a decent hammer.”
-Stieg Larsson, The Girl Who Played With Fire
“The dead have never bothered me. It's the living that I fear.”
-Patricia Cornwell, Postmortem
“The hard thing about death is that nothing ever changes. The hard thing about life is that nothing stays the same.”
-Sue Grafton, J is for Judgment
“There is nothing you can do about the past except keep it there.”
-Michael Connelly, The Brass Verdict
“There is no client as scary as an innocent man.”
-Michael Connelly, The Lincoln Lawyer
“Woe to he who checkmates his opponents at last, only to discover they have been playing cribbage.”
-Jedediah Berry, The Manual of Detection
“The joke was thinking you were ever really in charge of your life. You pressed your oar down into the water to direct the canoe, but it was the current that shot you through the rapids."
-Scott Turow, Innocent
“They found out about him in July and stayed angry all through August. They tried to kill him in September."
-Lee Child, Without Fail
“Put all your eggs in one basket... the handle's going to break. Then all you've got is scrambled eggs.”
-J.D. Robb, Remember When
“It doesn't have to make sense; it just has to sound like it does.”
-Elmore Leonard, Freaky Deaky
“He was too old to be working, too young to be dead, and too broke to do anything else.”
-Chris Culver, Just Run
“Love, when you get fear in it, it's not love any more. It's hate.”
-James M. Cain, The Postman Always Rings Twice
“Our words are giants when they do us an injury, and dwarfs when they do us a service.”
-Wilkie Collins, The Woman in White
“It takes far less courage to cling to the past than it does to face the future.”
-Sandra Brown, Envy
“Touch comes before sight, before speech. It is the first language and the last, and it always tells the truth.”
-Margaret Atwood, The Blind Assassin
“If you place your head in a lion's mouth, then you cannot complain one day if he happens to bite it off.”
-Agatha Christie
“I have great faith in fools … my friends call it self-confidence.”
-Edgar Allan Poe

Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mysteries

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Death of a Dissident
Stuart M. Kaminsky

The victims. An unscrupulous cab driver. The killer's own frightened wife. Most troublesome of...

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Black Knight in Red Square
Stuart M. Kaminsky

The Moscow Film Festival may lack Cannes' boats, bikinis, and gentle breezes, but it has...

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Red Chameleon
Stuart M. Kaminsky

The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless...

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A Fine Red Rain
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Moscow's top cops are on the case as multiple murders sweep the city. There's Rostnikov, once...

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A Cold Red Sunrise
Stuart M. Kaminsky

One Dead Commissar. At an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter...

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The Man Who Walked Like a Bear
Stuart M. Kaminsky

One of a series of Inspector Rostnikov novels, this book pits Rostnikov and his two colleagues...

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Rostnikov's Vacation
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Inspector Rostnikov is vacationing by the seashore, tending to his recuperating wife and...

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Death of a Russian Priest
Stuart M. Kaminsky

When Inspector Rostnikov arrives in the town of Arkush with Emil Karpo, the policeman nickname...

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Hard Currency
Stuart M. Kaminsky

When a former Russian advisor stands accused of murdering a female citizen in Cuba, Inspector...

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Blood and Rubles
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Crime in post-communist Russia has only gotten worse: rubles are scarce, blood, plentiful. In...

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Tarnished Icons
Stuart M. Kaminsky

In the topsy-turvy world of post-communist Russia, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov's work is never...

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The Dog Who Bit a Policeman
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Moscow Police Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov returns in another book in the Edgar Award-winning...

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Fall of a Cosmonaut
Stuart M. Kaminsky

It was one of those days when Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov should have stayed in bed. After...

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Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Inside the Moscow Police Department, madness regins. Inspectors Karpo and Zelach enter the...

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People Who Walk In Darkness
Stuart M. Kaminsky

Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post-Soviet...

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A Whisper to the Living
Stuart M. Kaminsky

A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures (some would say trials and tribulations) of...

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