In "A Cold Red Sunrise," Inspector Rostnikov is confronted with two deaths, one of which is the daughter of a renowned dissident; the other is a police officer from Moscow who had been sent out earlier to investigate the death. Rostnikov is assinged the case--set in far off Tumsk in Siberia (as much to get him out of Moscow as to get this delicate case solved before an international scandal erupts fully). Rostnikov has the habit of alienating his KGB superiors with his independent--and brilliant--methods of solving such delicate issues. Once again, Stuart Kaminsky puts for this exciting crime team of Rostnikov, Karpo ("The Vampire") and Sasha Tchach. One of the interesting elements of Kaminsky's Russian works is that he usually has more than one case going at the same time. By the end of the book, of course, all are solved. There is always an uneasy edge to these episodes, however, as Rostnikov, a former decorated war hero of World War II, is always only one step away from disaster. He is beyond corruption, much to the dissatisfaction of his superiors; his wife is Jewish; and his son is in the Russian Army, deliberately assigned to the Afghanistan front, just to keep Rostnikov from being too "uppity." Kaminsky is brilliant at presenting the intrigue, the atmosphere, the complexities of Moscow during and after the fall of the Iron Curtain. The author succeeds very well!
This report prepared by Bill Hobbs