Death of A Dissident

Death of A Dissident

Book - 1991
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When a world-famous dissident is murdered--an act that has embarrassing political overtones for the Soviet government--the KGB is willing to frame anyone for his murder, and Moscow Police Inspector Rostnikov races to find the real killer

Publisher: New York, NY : Armchair Detective Library, 1991.
ISBN: 9781562870171
1562870173
9781562870188
1562870181
9781562870195
156287019X
Branch Call Number: M KAM
Characteristics: v, 239 p. ; 23 cm.

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DBRL_KrisA Jan 09, 2017

I've read most of Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko series (Gorky Park, Polar Star, etc.) and I hope Kaminsky's books give as good a picture of the hopeless situation Soviet-era police found themselves in. I've read a couple of Kaminsky's Toby Peters books (Murder on the Yellow Brick Road and, I think, He Done Her Wrong) and enjoyed them.

*After reading*
This was a pretty good book, and did a good job of showing what the Soviet Union was like toward its last days - the tendency of many to just give up, not try to improve their lives, and just try to stay under the radar of the KGB. There is also the characters' awareness of how saying the wrong thing, having the wrong friends, even being in the wrong place at the wrong time, could lead to a knock on the door at 3 a.n., followed by a trip to KGB headquarters. Rostnikov is told by his superior, and by a KGB colonel, that sometimes there are more important things than finding out who actually committed the murder; of course Rostnikov, as a policeman, a detective, and a solver of puzzles, has a hard time letting go of the mystery, even after the KGB has "found the killer".

We are introduced to the killer fairly early in the book, so the "whodunit" part of the novel isn't difficult to figure out; the book is more enjoyable for - as I've mentioned - its glimpse into late-Cold War Russia.

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