"Never miss a Kaminsky book, and be especially sure not to miss Death of a Russian Priest." -Tony Hillerman, New York Times-bestselling author In the darkest hours of communist rule, Father Merhum fought to protect the sanctity of the Orthodox Church. Now the Soviet Union is gone, but the bureaucracy survives, and within it lurk men who would do anything to undermine the fragile new Russian democracy. Father Merhum is on his way to Moscow to denounce those traitors when he is struck with an ax and killed. As police inspectors Porfiry Rostnikov and Emil Karpo dig into the past of this celebrated village priest, they uncover strange church secrets and a conspiracy to carry the vile corruption of the former regime on into the twenty-first century. But if they don't watch their steps, someone may need to say the last rites for them. With the Edgar Award-winning Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov series, "Stuart Kaminsky evokes Russian life like a born Muscovite. . . . Don't miss this one. It's even better than his Edgar-winning A Cold Red Sunrise." -The Philadelphia Inquirer "Kaminsky moves closer to becoming the Ed McBain of Mother Russia . . . The usual strengths of the series-ingenious plotting, solid police procedure, and Rostnikov's shrewdly perceptive presence-are joined here by casually effective glimpses of the old Soviet Union in chancy transition. It all adds up to Rostnikov's best outing since A Cold Red Sunrise." -Kirkus Reviews
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by Stuart M. Kaminsky
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