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Fall of a Cosmonaut

Fiction: Mystery
Unabridged   10 hour(s)
Publication date: 09/21/2021

Fall of a Cosmonaut

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Digital Download ISBN:9781696606325


Book 13 in the Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov Mysteries. Bringing to life historic shifts in contemporary Russian history, as seen through the eyes of one hard-boiled Moscow cop, "Kaminsky's Rostnikov novels are among the best mysteries being written" (The San Diego Union-Tribune).

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With his Edgar Award–winning series about a Moscow cop, "Kaminsky's a master of tone, maintaining the edgy excitement of suspense" (The Washington Post).

In the 1960s, Russian children wanted to be cosmonauts like Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space. But the Soviet Union is history, and Gagarin's glory is long gone. For the men and women aboard the decaying Mir space station, life is an unending series of near-disasters. During one such breakdown, cosmonaut Tsimion Vladovka asks ground control to contact Moscow police inspector Porfiry Rostnikov if anything happens to him.

The cosmonaut returns to Earth safely, but a year later he goes missing and his former crew members start turning up dead. Vladovka was in possession of state secrets, so there's also a potential security risk. He must be found, dead or alive. In the days of the USSR, no one could navigate the bureaucratic maze of the Kremlin like Rostnikov—but he's never encountered anything like the labyrinth that is Star City, home of the Russian space program. Still, the veteran policeman is convinced: The answer to what happened to the cosmonaut on Earth lies in something that happened in space.


“The burden of being human falls to Kaminsky’s philosopher-policeman, Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, and his Moscow investigators, who shoulder the duty with the resignation and humor that do them—and this enduring series—honor.” —The New York Times

Author Bio

Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934–2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. In 1977, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. He penned three other series, including the Abe Lieberman Mysteries.