Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express

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Chief Inspector Rostnikov heads for Vladivostok aboard the Trans-Siberian Express to find an extortionist who may possess information that could bring down the Russian government.

Blackwell North Amer
In the old Russia, the law was written by Stalin.
Now it's written by Kafka.
Only in the capital city of this new, chaotic world can a skinhead Jew rule the musical subculture. He's the just-kidnapped heavy-metal star son of one of Moscow's most powerful citizens. The search for him through the exotic network of local illicit postpunk clubs is conducted by two glaring fish out of water: Detectives Karpo, champion of old-school Soviet justice, and Zelach, an unlikely paragon of instinct over intellect.
In another kind of underground, a murderous young women stays one ghostly step ahead of the authorities. Her killing ground is the Moscow Metro. Her weapon is a dangerously honed kitchen knife. And her serial victims, all male, all well-dressed, all members of the city's new elite, are seemingly selected at random.
Meanwhile, Chief Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov rides into the frigid east on the legendary Trans-Siberian Express. Six thousand miles long and built at a cost of more than a trillion czarist rubles and thousands of lives, the line from Moscow to Vladivostok carries the one-legged inspector in his pursuit of a treasured historical document, as well as a greater find with even more explosive consequences. For behind the quest and many miles away back in Moscow looms the figure of Rostnikov's superior, Director of the Office of Special Investigation Igor Yaklovev, whose long-nurtured designs for power await their moment of fruition ... while the entire Russian government faces a hard and unsuspected fall.

Baker
& Taylor

Russian inspectors Karpo and Zelach follow leads in the disappearance of an anti-Semitic rock star that lead them into the seedy, post-punk Moscow underground, while Chief Inspector Rostnikov heads for Vladivostok aboard the Trans-Siberian Express to find an extortionist who may possess information that could bring down the Russian government. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Mysterious Press/Warner Books, 2001.
ISBN: 9780892967476
0892967471
Characteristics: 277 p. ; 24 cm.

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Dave99_0
Dec 18, 2017

Thirteen years have passed since the novel "A Cold Red Sunrise" was first published. Rostnikov is now the Chief Inspector in the Office of Special Investigation of the Moscow Police department which handles only cases that are politically sensitive, unlikely to be solved or offer much potential grief. Obviously, Rostnikov has learned to clash only with the FSB, the successor organization to the KGB, when he can win. I like the way the author blends Russian history with his novels. IMHO, I would rate "Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express" at 4.0 stars. It's a shame that the first 14 novels of the Inspector Rostnikov series are out-of-print.

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