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Bullet for a Star Stuart M. Kaminsky

Bullet for a Star By Stuart M. Kaminsky

Bullet for a Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Bullet for a Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky

The first in a mystery series set in 1940s Hollywood, where a hard-boiled private eye helps a cast of real-life stars: Nostalgic fun (Publishers Weekly).

Hollywood, 1940: It's been four years since security guard Toby Peters got fired from the Warner Brothers lot for breaking a screen cowboy's arm. Since then he's scratched out a living as a private detective-missing persons and bodyguard work mostly-but now his old friends, the Warners, have a job for him.

Someone has mailed the studio a picture of Errol Flynn caught in a compromising position with an underage woman. Although Flynn insists it's a fake, the studio is taking no chances. Peters is to deliver the blackmailer five thousand dollars and return with the photo negative. It should be simple, but Flynn, a swashbuckler on and off the screen, has a way of making things complicated.

Soon it's up to Peters to clear Flynn's name, following a twisted trail that surprisingly leads to the set of The Maltese Falcon, involving Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. As real-life PI Toby Peters meets Bogie's Sam Spade, he doesn't fall prey to being star-struck. But he may still fall prey to a killer.

If you like your mysteries Sam Spade tough, with tongue in cheek and a touch of the theatrical, then the Toby Peters series is just your ticket. -Houston Chronicle

Bullet for a Star Reviews

Reminiscent of Chandler. -Publishers Weekly Peters is a good guy with a sense of humor, and every appearance he makes is a welcome one. -Booklist Marvelously entertaining. -Newsday Kaminsky came to detective fiction from academia, but the ease of his prose was anything but academic. -The Guardian If you like your mysteries Sam Spade tough, with tongue-in-cheek and a touch of the theatrical, then the Toby Peters series is just your ticket. -Houston Chronicle Kaminsky has a delightfully original mind enriching-rather than just borrowing from-an old literary form. -Los Angeles Times Makes the totally wacky possible . . . Peters [is] an unblemished delight. -The Washington Post

About Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934-2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema-two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life's work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as the anti-Philip Marlowe. In 1981's Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.

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Bullet for a Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky
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