Stuart M Kaminsky Books

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Stuart M. Kaminsky was born on September 29, 1934. He was a film professor and an American mystery writer who wrote more than 50 novels. Kaminsky is popularly known for the long-running mystery series, which feature the protagonist, Toby Peters who is a police detective. Other popular protagonists created by the author include Inspector Petrovich who is a police inspector and Abe Lieberman who is a veteran Chicago police officer. Kaminsky was born and raised in Chicago. While in Chicago, Stuart earned a Bachelor’s degree in English and a Ph.D., which was awarded to him by the Northwestern University.

Order of Toby Peters Series

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1Bullet for a Star 1977Description / Buy
2Murder on the Yellow Brick Road 1977Description / Buy
3You Bet Your Life 1978Description / Buy
4The Howard Hughes Affair 1979Description / Buy
5Never Cross a Vampire 1980Description / Buy
6High Midnight 1981Description / Buy
7Catch a Falling Clown 1982Description / Buy
8He Done Her Wrong 1983Description / Buy
9The Fala Factor 1984Description / Buy
10Down for the Count 1985Description / Buy
11The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance 1986Description / Buy
12Smart Moves 1987Description / Buy
13Think Fast, Mr. Peters 1988Description / Buy
14Buried Caesars 1989Description / Buy
15Poor Butterfly 1990Description / Buy
16The Melting Clock 1991Description / Buy
17The Devil Met a Lady 1993Description / Buy
18Tomorrow is Another Day 1995Description / Buy
19Dancing in the Dark 1996Description / Buy
20A Fatal Glass of Beer 1997Description / Buy
21A Few Minutes Past Midnight 2001Description / Buy
22To Catch A Spy 2002Description / Buy
23Mildred Pierced 2003Description / Buy
24Now You See It 2004Description / Buy

Order of Porfiry Rostnikov Series

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1Death of a Dissident / Rostnikov's Corpse 1981Description / Buy
2Black Knight in Red Square 1984Description / Buy
3Red Chameleon 1985Description / Buy
4A Cold Red Sunrise 1987Description / Buy
5A Fine Red Rain 1987Description / Buy
6The Man Who Walked Like a Bear 1990Description / Buy
7Rostnikov's Vacation 1991Description / Buy
8Death of a Russian Priest 1992Description / Buy
9Hard Currency 1995Description / Buy
10Blood and Rubles 1996Description / Buy
11Tarnished Icons 1997Description / Buy
12The Dog Who Bit a Policeman 1998Description / Buy
13Fall of a Cosmonaut 2000Description / Buy
14Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express 2001Description / Buy
15People Who Walk in Darkness 2008Description / Buy
16A Whisper to the Living 2009Description / Buy

Order of Abe Lieberman Series

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1Lieberman's Folly 1991Description / Buy
2Lieberman's Choice 1993Description / Buy
3Lieberman's Day 1994Description / Buy
4Lieberman's Thief 1995Description / Buy
5Lieberman's Law 1996Description / Buy
6The Big Silence 2000Description / Buy
7Not Quite Kosher 2002Description / Buy
8The Last Dark Place 2004Description / Buy
9Terror Town 2006Description / Buy
10The Dead Don't Lie 2007Description / Buy

Order of CSI: New York Series

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1Dead of Winter 2005Description / Buy
2Blood on the Sun 2006Description / Buy
3Deluge 2007Description / Buy
4Four Walls ( By: Keith R.A. DeCandido) 2008Description / Buy

Order of Kolchak The Night Stalker Series

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1Kolchak Night Stalker 2003Description / Buy
2Kolchak the Night Stalker Volume 1 2004Description / Buy
3Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles ( With: Max Allan Collins) 2005Description / Buy

Order of Lew Fonesca Series

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1Vengeance 1999Description / Buy
2Retribution 1999Description / Buy
3Midnight Pass 2003Description / Buy
4Denial 2005Description / Buy
5Always Say Goodbye 2006Description / Buy
6Bright Futures 2009Description / Buy

Order of The Rockford Files Series

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1The Green Bottle 1996Description / Buy
2The Devil on my Doorstep 1998Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Standalone Novels

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1When the Dark Man Calls 1983Description / Buy
2Exercise in Terror 2001Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Short Story Collections

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1Opening Shots 1991Description / Buy
2Hidden and Other Stories 1999Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Non-Fiction Books

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1American Film Genres: Approaches to a Critical Theory of Popular Film 1974Description / Buy
2Clint Eastwood: The Candid On-and-off-screen of the World's #1 Male Superstar 1974Description / Buy
3Don Siegel : Director 1974Description / Buy
4Ingmar Bergman; Essays in Criticism 1975Description / Buy
5John Huston, Maker of Magic 1978Description / Buy
6Coop: The Life and Legend of Gary Cooper 1979Description / Buy
7Basic Filmmaking 1981Description / Buy
8American Television Genres 1985Description / Buy
9Writing for television 1988Description / Buy
10Behind the Mysteries: Top Mystery Writers 2005Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M. Kaminsky Plays

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1The Final Toast 2008Description / Buy
2Books 2008Description / Buy

Stuart M. Kaminsky Anthologies

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1 Mystery in the Sunshine State1999Description / Buy
2 Show Business is Murder2004Description / Buy
3 Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles2005Description / Buy
4 On a Raven's Wing2009Description / Buy
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Stuart’s very first novel is Bullet for a Star, which was the debut novel in the Toby Peters mystery series. The author then went on to pen down more than 60 novels together with several non-fiction works and story collections. Apart from being one of the most-successful writers in the United States, Stuart’s work has also been an inspiration to many authors like Sara Paretsky, who has even dedicated her very first novel to the author.

Stuart M. Kaminsky Awards

A Cold Red Sunrise, one of the novels in the Inspector Rostnikov series was nominated for an Edgar award in the year 1976. Later on, Stuart received six more nominations. In the year 2005, the novel Behind the Mystery was nominated for a Macavity Award, Agatha Award, and an Anthony Award. In the year 2006, Stuart was awarded with a grand master award, which was given to him by the Mystery Writers of America.

Stuart M. Kaminsky Books into Movies

None of the books authored by Kaminsky has been adapted for a screenplay.

Best Stuart Kaminsky Books

The Porfiry Rostiknov book series is one of the best performing series by the author.

The Death of a Dissident: The first installment in this series and this time around the author has decided to challenge himself by penning down a police procedural novel. However, unlike the 87th Precinct novels by Ed McBain’s this novel has been set in Moscow. In this installment, the author introduces the reader to one Porfiry Rostiknov, a wounded world war two veteran who retired from the Army after he got a leg injury. Ever since he retired from the army, he became a weight lifter and participated in various amateur competitions.

It does not take long before a prominent dissident is killed inside his apartment, two days before attending his trial. Immediately after his body is found, a suspect is quickly identified and taken into police custody. Since a suspect has been found, the police boss states that the police is not going to conduct any further investigation. However, after another murder is committed shortly after the first one, Rostiknov is able to identify a pattern and similarities in the killings. Thus, he decides to conduct his very own investigation and ends up walking a dangerous line. His mission is to stop the serial killer without necessarily upsetting the political cartels. With that being said, this is an excellent read that you are going to enjoy.

Black Knight in Red Square: The second book in the Porfiry Rostiknov book series. Just like the first book, this installment features the protagonist Porfiry Rostiknov, a police detective who is fighting against terrorism. The book begins, as the Moscow Film Festival is underway. As the festival was underway, it is discovered that an unknown person had just poisoned two foreigners and two Russians who had booked a nearby hotel. Rostiknov’s bosses hand over the case to Rostiknov and his team of detectives. However, he is told that the investigation should be done quietly and they should attract the attention of the media. While conducting the case, Rostiknov begins to suspect that his bosses were expecting him to fail.

The main reason why they were not afraid if Rostiknov’s case was not successful is that, just like any other junior detective, Rostiknov was expandable. Thus, he begins to look for a way that he could migrate to the West together with his wife. During the investigation, one of his assistants, a dangerous looking assassin, Communist Carpo is going to have an encounter with an enemy who is not only his equal concerning shrewdness but also has a single-minded devotion to a specific cause. With that said, this is a fast-paced story, which features well-developed characters and an exceedingly solid storyline.

When Does The Next Stuart M. Kaminsky book come out?

Stuart M. Kaminsky doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Devil Met a Lady and was released on February, 1st 2012. It is the newest book in the Toby Peters Series.

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