Blood and Rubles Book Summary and Study Guide

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Since the fall of the Iron Curtain, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov and his police crew find that
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crime has erupted, from small time hooligans to big time, organized “mafias.” In this
Stuart Kaminsky thriller, the author returns to his familiar literary haunts in “Blood and
Rubles” and he probably was never better, although this series is one of the best. And
again Kaminsky manages to keep the story line alive and kicking with his individual
subplots. Sasha Tkach is investigating a group of thieves who are terrorizing the local
neighborhoods and Elena Timofeyeva is on a hunt to find long-lost Czar treasures.
And Emil Karpo (“The Vampire”) is seeking to find who has killed his lover. It takes
Rostnikov fulltime to work out these problems, which, to his dismay, are only portents of
things to come in this Post Cold War period. This is an absorbing, compelling read!

The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

Tone of story    -   very upbeat How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 Spying/Terrorism Thriller    -   Yes What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   nearly 100% Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book The crook is....    -   criminal's rise in a crime organization Crime Thriller    -   Yes Is MAIN CHARACTER an EVIL criminal?    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes General Crime (including known murderer)    -   Yes Who's the criminal enemy here?    -   finding a known killer

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   40's-50's


Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Eastern Europe

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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