Stuart M Kaminsky Books

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

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

Order of Kolchak The Night Stalker Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Kolchak Night Stalker 2003 Description / Buy
2 Kolchak the Night Stalker Volume 1 2004 Description / Buy
3 The Night Stalker Chronicles 2005 Description / Buy

Order of Abe Lieberman Series

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

Order of Porfiry Rostnikov Series

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

Order of Lew Fonesca Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Vengeance 1999 Description / Buy
2 Retribution 1999 Description / Buy
3 Midnight Pass 2003 Description / Buy
4 Denial 2005 Description / Buy
5 Always Say Goodbye 2006 Description / Buy
6 Bright Futures 2009 Description / Buy
7 Double Shot 2010 Description / Buy

Order of CSI: New York Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 Dead of Winter 2005 Description / Buy
2 Blood on the Sun 2006 Description / Buy
3 Deluge 2007 Description / Buy

Order of The Rockford Files Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 The Green Bottle 1996 Description / Buy
2 Devil on My Doorstep 1998 Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Short Story Collections

# Read Title Published Details
1 Opening Shots 1991 Description / Buy
2 Hidden and Other Stories 1999 Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Standalone Novels

# Read Title Published Details
1 When the Dark Man Calls 1983 Description / Buy
2 Exercise in Terror 1985 Description / Buy
3 The Final Toast 2008 Description / Buy
4 Books 2008 Description / Buy

Order of Stuart M Kaminsky Non-Fiction Books

# Read Title Published Details
1 Clint Eastwood/the Candid On-and-off-screen of the World's #1 Male Superstar 1974 Description / Buy
2 American Film Genres 1974 Description / Buy
3 Ingmar Bergman; Essays in Criticism 1975 Description / Buy
4 John Huston, Maker of Magic 1978 Description / Buy
5 COOP 1979 Description / Buy
6 Basic Filmmaking 1981 Description / Buy
7 American Television Genres 1985 Description / Buy
8 Writing for television 1988 Description / Buy
9 Behind the Mystery 2005 Description / Buy

Anthologies/Collaborations

# Read Title Published Details
1 Mystery in the Sunshine State 1999 Description / Buy
2 Show Business Is Murder 2004 Description / Buy
3 On a Raven's Wing 2009 Description / 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 Double Shot and was released on November, 30th 2009. It is the newest book in the Lew Fonesca Series.

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