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Kaminsky, Stuart | Fall of a Cosmonaut | Signed First Edition Copy
Fall of a Cosmonaut | Kaminsky, Stuart | Signed First Edition Book

FALL OF A COSMONAUT by Stuart Kaminsky

First edition, first printing, fine in a fine dust jacket in archival acetate cover, signed by the author, remainder marked. 2000 NY: Mysterious Press ISBN 9780892966684
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Fall of a Cosmonaut
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"We have too many levels to our conversations," says Inspector Rostnikov, the protagonist of Kaminsky's long-running series. "I believe it is endemic to Russians. It comes from having a history in which survival is often dependent on being cryptic."

In his latest, Kaminsky plays liberally with both the notion of the Russian national character and the concept of the cryptic. Not one case but three concern the one-legged detective Rostnikov and his underlings... A cosmonaut leaves word aboard the Mir space station that Rostnikov is to be contacted if anything happens to him or the mission -- and now the spaceman is missing. There's a movie director whose film negatives are stolen by a blackmailer; and some truly violent murders at an institute for paranormal research - all played out against today's fractious and scary Russia, played out with humor, sorrow, and great compassion for the foibles of this lumbering, aimless country.

Kaminsky infuses police procedural with rich characters and settings, and his deft characterizations shed light on the unfamiliar names and places. Fall of a Cosmonaut, is a masterpiece of plotting, style, irony, and general literary hell-raising.
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