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  • Author:
    Stuart M. Kaminsky
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    0892961473
  • ISBN13:
    978-0892961474
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    Mysterious Pr (September 1, 1985)
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Stuart M. Kaminsky (September 29, 1934 – October 9, 2009) was an American mystery writer and film professor

Stuart M. Kaminsky (September 29, 1934 – October 9, 2009) was an American mystery writer and film professor. He is known for three long-running series of mystery novels featuring the protagonists Toby Peters, a private detective in 1940s Hollywood (1977-2004); Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, a Moscow police inspector (1981-2010); and veteran Chicago police officer Abe Lieberman (1990-2007).

Bullet for a Star"is the first book in the series and it is one of the best. The action comes fast and furious and the dialogue is snappy and sarcastic. Toby Peters was fired by the Warner brothers 4 years before the story of "Bullet". The PI has done whatever jobs he could get to make ends meet. Warners call Peters into a meeting where they show him pictures of Errol Flynn and an underaged girl. Peters is supposed to handle the cash drop and pick up the negatives. Needless to say, Flynn complicates the ransom drop.

The Bullet for a Star in the title of Stuart Kaminsky’s first Toby Peters’ mystery was intended for Erroll Flynn. I find Peters to be likeable and Kaminsky peppers the books with a ton of Easter eggs for classic movie fans. I found this novel in my local public library, only a few miles away from where Kaminsky teaches (or taught) at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. In his non-writing life, Kaminsky was a professor of Film Stu Stuart Kaminsky in general and Toby Peters in particular are like theater pop-corn.

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Stuart M. Kaminsky Bullet for a Star 1 It was the summer of 1940, a hot August day in the San Fernando Valley, and I had doubts that my ’34 Buick would even get to Warner Brothers. The pistons were making threatening noises, and with four bucks in my wallet and nothing in the bank, I tried to ignore the sound. I was, I hoped, on the way to a jo. totaled my assets and salable qualities as I turned down Barham. Читать онлайн Bullet for a Star.

Toby Peters Mysteries. By (author) Stuart M. Kaminsky. 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.

Bullet for a Star: A Toby Peters Mystery (Book One). The storytelling formula Stuart M. Kaminsky employs in his madcap mysteries featuring low-rent, World War II-era Los Angeles private eye Toby Peters has proved remarkably successful over more than a quarter century. Each entry in this series (beginning with 1977's Bullet for a Star) finds Toby taking on a celebrity client; being beaten silly at least once during the ensuing investigation; contending with a supporting cast of misfits ever eager to supply ludicrous asides; and eventually, despite meager expectations of his genius, unearthing clues enough to expose a murderer.

Bullet for a Star Kaminsky Stuart M. Неизвестно 9781453236802 : The first in a mystery series set in 1940s Hollywood, where a. .As real-life PI Toby Peters meets Bogies Sam Spade, he doesnt fall prey to being star-struck. But he may still fall prey to a killer

As real-life PI Toby Peters meets Bogies Sam Spade, he doesnt 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. Автор: Kaminsky, Stuart M. Название: To catch a spy ISBN: 0752859374 ISBN-13(EAN): 9780752859378 Издательство: Orion Publishers Рейтинг

One of Hollywood's earliest sex symbols, the whip-smart blonde's star has fallen since the Hays Code down on the racy repartee that made her . The thief is among those in drag, and . Toby Peters has come to tear off his wig.

One of Hollywood's earliest sex symbols, the whip-smart blonde's star has fallen since the Hays Code down on the racy repartee that made her famous. Her latest project is a thinly veiled autobiographical novel, whose only copy is stolen just after she finishes her first draft. Tonight she's having a Mae West party, with every guest a man dressed as her. He's there as a favor to his brother, a brutal cop who had a fling with West when she first moved to Hollywood

Hard-boiled Hollywood detective Toby Peters finds himself hobnobbing with the luminaries of the silver screen when someone is littering Tinsel Town with corpses and Peters has to put himself between Errol Flynn--and a bullet. First published in 1977, Peters' first case has been out of print since 1987.

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A divorced, down-on-his-luck, tough as nails private detective in 1940's Los Angeles, one with connections to the movie industry. It sounds like a perfect recipe for a series of serio-comic pseudo-noir adventures. I guess my expectations were too high, because this first of a 24 volume series, written between 1978 and 2004, fell flat for me.

The protagonist, Toby Peters, scratches out a meager living taking mostly low-end investigative jobs. This first volume finds him heading toward a hush-hush job for one of the higher ups at Warner Brothers, where Peters once worked. It turns out to be very much a risk - reward situation. The job - retrieve a potentially damaging photo and its negative, allegedly depicting Errol Flynn in an extremely compromising position with an extremely young girl. The reward - $400, which in 1940 would have been quite substantial. Given the number of assaults, both on Peters and on the villains and their hired thugs, and the ensuing number of deaths, it's hard to see how Peters can survive 23 more such cases.

The book was an obvious vehicle for displaying the corrupt, seamy side of the film industry, and for showing in a humorous way the shenanigans that the stars of the day got up to. But for me, it seemed as though the author wasn't sure which way he wanted to play it, noir or tongue-in-cheek noir. There was plenty of mayhem, but it wasn't darkly realistic or side-splittingly funny, as in, say, a Simon Pegg movie. There wasn't anything about the main character that we haven't all seen in other characters, and unlike other reviewers, I didn't find Peters especially likable or even interesting. I'd class the writing style as mediocre, nothing that by itself would tempt me to read many more of the series.
Cia
I was really pleased with the Kindle dition of this old book by Stuart Kaminsky. Kaminsky wrote over several mysteries featured the hard boiled PI, Toby Peters." Bullet for a Star"is the first book in the series and it is one of the best. The action comes fast and furious and the dialogue is snappy and sarcastic. Toby Peters was fired by the Warner brothers 4 years before the story of "Bullet". The PI has done whatever jobs he could get to make ends meet. Warners call Peters into a meeting where they show him pictures of Errol Flynn and an underaged girl. The blackmailer wants $5000. Peters is supposed to handle the cash drop and pick up the negatives. Needless to say, Flynn complicates the ransom drop. Kaminsky created a believable character in Toby Peters. His insights into classic Hollywood are right on the money.
Read this book. You will entertained.
Dorizius
This story played out like a movie in my head, Sid reminded me of Danny Devito . This story takes place in San Fernando Valley in 1940 at Warner Brothers movies. A famous male movie star at that time Errol Flynn (ask your mother or grandmother) is being blackmailed. Toby takes the money to the blackmailer, suddenly Toby is knocked to the ground. the blackmailer is killed and the photo of Errol Flynn and a young girl is missing. It goes on from there and gets better with each sentence. Mystery, suspense, a touch of humor and nostalgia for those of us who were around at that time. Interesting can't put it down, have to see what comes next. Just one more page til the end. I look forward to reading more like this one.
Rko
I won't summarize this book as the other commentators have done a fine job. I'll just add that Kaminsky has the rare talent of being able to convey a complete character, even a bit player, in a sentence or two. I felt like I knew exactly what Toby Peters was like by the 3rd paragraph.

I found this through another review here and am grateful to the person who introduced me to Kaminsky and his Toby Peters mysteries. So good to read quality detective fiction after some of the duds here. I'm going to find and read the rest of this series.
playboy
In recent months I have been discovering and enjoying "historical" mystery series by various writers. Some, like Kaminsky and Max Allan Collins, introduce their characters into a famous cast of characters, shake and stir, and deliver a cocktail of an of enjoyable and quick genre read.

In the case of Stuart Kaminsky, they have the feel of having been written when you could walk into a newsstand or luncheonette (yes, I'm from NY) and spin through several carousels of paperback pulp fiction.

Thanks to promotional pricing I've tried three of Kaminsky's stories, and enjoyed them all. Unfortuantely, while I have purchased and read almost 2 dozen of Collins' books, I am going to stop at 3 of Kaminsky's. The reason is the price of $7.99. These are not new books; they are reprinted pulp. The author, sadly, died in 2009. The books have been out of print for a lot longer than that.

I did say enjoyable and quick. I generally read a book like this in one evening. And, I can, when I like an author of books like these, buy another as soon as I've finished my current one. In other words, I might have, over the course of a few months, purchase and read every one of the 24 books in the Toby Peters series -- at a price of $4.99 or less. But not at $7.99 or more.
Lightwind
Kaminsky takes an interesting turn by presenting so many beloved old movie stars as central characters in the Toby Peters series. What's unfortunate is that so many younger readers won't have much clue as to who these stars were, which is sad, because the Golden Age of Hollywood gave us stars like nothing we see now.
Black_Hawk_Down.
This is a book that truly deserves to be made into a movie. What a cast of characters from the early days of Hollywood. I would love to set in on the casting call for this movie.
Stuart Kaminsky is always entertaining. Toby Peters bumbles along and you always want to root for him. In this tale, Errol Flynn takes a lead role with supporting actors like Peter Lorre, Humphrey Bogart and others. The story line is a bit preposterous, but you really don't care because the telling is so much fun. Kaminsky brings in themes of movies that we all know, and it gives the piece a sense of verite. Even if this doesn't have you jumping up and down saying wow, you'll feel that you had a good ride.