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Red Chameleon ❀ [EPUB] ✸ Red Chameleon By Stuart M. Kaminsky ❤ – Thomashillier.co.uk A Hunter The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless candlestick send Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov on a hunt into the past But as his search narrows to A Hunter The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless candlestick send Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov on a hunt into the past But as his search narrows toward one feared and elusive man, the trail winds back to the most unexpected and dangerous place for RostnikovA SpyA ring of car thieves with a taste for expensive vehicles is at large in Moscow s streets Boyish undercover officer Sasha Tkach must pose as a young man of privilege in order to find and entrap them But the striking female mastermind proves cunning and deadly than Sasha has bargained forA Target High above the gray city, a sniper is taking aim at police officers Obsessed m humorless detective Emil Karpo takes the assignment to heart and wages a methodical, one man crusade using himself as a decoy.


10 thoughts on “Red Chameleon

  1. Michael Martz Michael Martz says:

    Red Chameleon , 3rd in the Rostnikov series by Stuart Kaminsky, is an interesting look at the overhead Russian law enforcers had to contend with in the Iron Curtain era through the eyes of a rather unique detective Porfiry Rostnikov is a guy who s working his way down the career ladder in Moscow due to an unsuccessful effort by he and his Jewish wife to leave Russia He s stocky his nickname is The Washtub , extremely strong due to weightlifting, and limited otherwise physically due to a wa Red Chameleon , 3rd in the Rostnikov series by Stuart Kaminsky, is an interesting look at the overhead Russian law enforcers had to contend with in the Iron Curtain era through the eyes of a rather unique detective Porfiry Rostnikov is a guy who s working his way down the career ladder in Moscow due to an unsuccessful effort by he and his Jewish wife to leave Russia He s stocky his nickname is The Washtub , extremely strong due to weightlifting, and limited otherwise physically due to a war injury to his leg His assignments, and those given to his team aren t very good ones, but they all provide maximum effort to solve them In Red Chameleon, 3 separate crimes are investigated, with Rostnikov handling the strangest of the lot the murder of an elderly man taking a bath by a couple of guys, one old, one young, and the theft of an old candlestick from his apartment The man s daughter witnessed the murder and seemed to recognize the older killer from a photograph of her father as a young man Rostnikov, with not much to go on, begins his work but soon runs into conflicting signals emanating from his boss In the meantime, a sniper is wreaking havoc in central Moscow and luxury cars are being stolen all over the city Rostnikov s teammates address those crimes while he goes through his own investigation of the strange murder of the old man Red Chameleon was a throwback novel in many ways It s set in the early 80 s in Soviet Russia, the KGB is still a powerful force, most of the investigations are performed using rudimentary forensics if any , and although there are a few doses of violence most of the interactions are politely handled The conclusion, which is the solution of the old man s murder, is uniquely accomplished and there s a twist at the end that explains a lot Kaminsky s writing is fine, his characters are being developed nicely, and I enjoy the dry Russian humor that pervades the daily life of the inhabitants of Moscow This is a really interesting series that I m glad I discovered


  2. Zain Zain says:

    I loved this book This book was written in the early 80 s Before the Gorbachev era Before the fall of the Berlin Wall The Cold War between Russia and the U.S was good and strong.Russia, in the 80 s seems like a very scary place to live It s probably just as bad under Putin But despite all the fear of the police and the KGB, crime is thriving in Moscow, a city of 7 million people.In fact, Inspector Rostnikov and his team are trying to solve three crimes in this story In the last story of I loved this book This book was written in the early 80 s Before the Gorbachev era Before the fall of the Berlin Wall The Cold War between Russia and the U.S was good and strong.Russia, in the 80 s seems like a very scary place to live It s probably just as bad under Putin But despite all the fear of the police and the KGB, crime is thriving in Moscow, a city of 7 million people.In fact, Inspector Rostnikov and his team are trying to solve three crimes in this story In the last story of this series, Inspector Rostnikov attempted to blackmail a KGB official to allow him and his wife to emigrate, but he was unsuccessful, so now he has been quietly demoted.His superior gives him a murder to solve that appears insignificant Of course nothing about Rostnikov is insignificant, and his investigation leads him to those in high power.But with a character that doesn t hold back for long , Rostnikov faces challenges to his career and his life


  3. Bill Williams Bill Williams says:

    This is the third Inspector Rostnikov novel Published in 1985 I found it interesting that the novel mentions the transitions in Soviet leadership through the span of the prior novels, Death of A Dissident 1981 and A Black Knight in Red Square 1983 From Brezhnev to Andropov and then the death of Chernenko From the climax of the second novel to the start of this third novel finds Chief Inspector Rostnikov demoted to simply Inspector Rostnikov, and it is due to this demotion that Procurator K This is the third Inspector Rostnikov novel Published in 1985 I found it interesting that the novel mentions the transitions in Soviet leadership through the span of the prior novels, Death of A Dissident 1981 and A Black Knight in Red Square 1983 From Brezhnev to Andropov and then the death of Chernenko From the climax of the second novel to the start of this third novel finds Chief Inspector Rostnikov demoted to simply Inspector Rostnikov, and it is due to this demotion that Procurator Khabolov, who succeeded Procurator Timofeyeva, assigned Rostnikov, along with his new leg man the uninspired Comrade Zelach, to investigate an insignificant murder of an old Jew In Moscow, the investigation of a crime is a question of jurisdiction, and the investigation of important crimes is an important question of jurisdiction Minor crimes, and no one is quite sure what a minor crime is, are handled at the inquiry stage by MVD, the national police with headquarters in Moscow Moscow itself is divided into twenty police districts, each responsible for crime within its area However, if a case is considered important enough, a police inspector from central headquarters will be assigned The doznaniye, or inquiry, is based on the frequently stated assumption that every person who commits a crime is punished justly, and not a single innocent person subjected to criminal proceedings is convicted This is repeated so frequently by judges, procurators, and police that almost everyone in Moscow is sure it cannot be true An old man is murdered in his bath and the only clues that Inspector Rostnikov has to go on is a very old photograph of four young men, and an old brass candlestick was taken from the scene A very old photo of now very old men who are they Where are they Are they even still alive Well, at least one of them isn t alive any But who takes a simple old candlestick It s a question, a puzzle that draws the detective in Rostnikov to solve.Along the way he, like Prometheus, tries to bring that spark to Comrade Zelach and ignite the detective in him Zelach, he said as they rode up the escalator, do you think of me as a violent man No, chief inspector, said Zelach indifferently There s a stand on the corner I have not eaten Would it be all right if I bought some blinchiki It would be all right, Comrade Zelach, Rostnikov said sarcastically, but the sarcasm was lost on Zelach Do you want to know where we are going Zelach shrugged as they pressed through the morning crowd In that case, we will let that be your surprise for the day Meanwhile, we find our old friend Inspector Emil Karpo investigating a sniper at large in the city, and Inspector Sasha Tkach investigating a series of luxury car thefts The pursuits of these investigations enable us a readers to again venture through the streets of Moscow and encounter the unique characters that populate the city hell, this is as enjoyable as dogging Spenser around Boston


  4. Lily Lily says:

    This story was well done I enjoyed reading about mid 80 s Moscow with its political and urban living descriptions The characters, settings, and motives came to life with Kaminsky s style and wit This part made me chuckle, The younger of the two men, who had grabbed his now senseless wrist, said some nonsense in English that sounded like kipyur hans hoff I figured out the mystery just before it was narrated which was kind of satisfying I look forward toof his mysteries.


  5. Willie Kirschner Willie Kirschner says:

    A sage detective Having thoroughly enjoyed the Abe Lieberman stories, as well as the ones in Sarasota, I have started to read and enjoy this series about the stubborn Russian detective and look forward to reading the remaining books in the series in the next few years A sad and honorable detective trying to help people in a lousy corrupt system Porfiry is a decent man and a honorable policeman.


  6. Rhonda Rhonda says:

    This series is starting to really grow on me The characters are very different from any other series and slowly being fleshed out across the novels, becoming increasingly interesting and lovable as they do.


  7. Carlo Milan Carlo Milan says:

    Un libro que atrapa desde el principio La descripci n de los personajes es muy cautivamente La trama quiz s sea una novela negra m s, pero la ambientaci n me pareci fabulosa, la narrativa atrapante Un libro muy recomendable


  8. Martinxo Martinxo says:

    A return to the form of book 1 I really enjoyed this, the plot was farinteresting, the development of the characters deepens, all going well, looking forward to the next in the series.At some point Kaminksy is going to send his cop to East Germany, I just bet


  9. Rebecca Hock Rebecca Hock says:

    I am quite enjoying this series of books They are quite a fast read The details of life in Moscow are very interesting I would recommend this series of books to others.


  10. Suzy Suzy says:

    Superb I m riveted as I read about Russian police officers who are relentless in pursuing justice in spite of the myriad of obstacles they face every inch of the way, including torture, exile or death if they disobey orders or cannot find an way to finagle their way out of a predicament And then there s day to day life in Moscow Chap 3 Getting up the stairs in his apartment building was long and difficult with an almost useless left leg, but Rostnikov looked at the daily climb as part of his Superb I m riveted as I read about Russian police officers who are relentless in pursuing justice in spite of the myriad of obstacles they face every inch of the way, including torture, exile or death if they disobey orders or cannot find an way to finagle their way out of a predicament And then there s day to day life in Moscow Chap 3 Getting up the stairs in his apartment building was long and difficult with an almost useless left leg, but Rostnikov looked at the daily climb as part of his training program It was amazing how, if he wanted to do so, he could convert the difficulties of normal Moscow life into disadvantages A lack of elevators in the city meant climbing stairs In long lines at stores, Rostinikov could read his American novels Without a car, Rostinikov had to take a subway and walk miles each week Others argued that the hard life of a Muscovite made its inhabitants strong, tough, and hard, while Americans, English, and the French were soft from too much convenience Why, then, Rostinikov thought, do we not live as long as they do His thoughts had grown morbid, and his mind was wandering He did not see the young man coming down the stairway who turned a corner on the third floor and almost collided with him.Chap 4 Well, said the man in the pebbly voice from a throat planed dry by too much vodka


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