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Bullet for a Star (Toby Peters Series #1)
     

Bullet for a Star (Toby Peters Series #1)

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by Stuart M. Kaminsky
 

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Hollywood detective Toby Peters does a job for one of Tinseltown’s finest

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

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Hollywood detective Toby Peters does a job for one of Tinseltown’s finest

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 a very young girl. Although Flynn insists it’s a fake, the studio is taking no chances. Toby is to deliver the blackmailer $5,000 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.
 
Though he isn’t impressed by movie stars, if Toby Peters isn’t careful he may end up dying for one.

Editorial Reviews

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“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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780446400619
Publisher:
Grand Central Publishing
Publication date:
12/01/1991
Series:
Toby Peters Series , #1
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
4.22(w) x 6.81(h) x 0.54(d)

Meet the Author


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 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Main character survives all attacks, a bit liike James Bond, but continuallly makes stupid mistakes nor at all like Bond. I read till the end, luckily it is ashort story.
RobertDowns More than 1 year ago
I like the pictures. A lot. I’m not ashamed to admit it either, because I don’t think liking the pictures and liking books are mutually exclusive. And I love a good, strong hardboiled character as much as the next guy. So reading about Errol Flynn and Peter Lorre, along with a Gary Cooper cameo appearance, made this one extremely enticing book reading experience. The details felt spot-on, as dames and broads and abercrombies filled nearly every page. And I found myself skipping along to the end. BULLET FOR A STAR went down easier than a Jack and Coke, and I was drunk with passion and on a nicotine-induced high throughout much of this tale. Had it been any longer, I might have been forced to stumble home. Toby Peters may not have had two dimes in his pocket, but he totally won my heart with his stick-to-itiveness and well-timed comebacks. He may have been swinging from the rafters as he tried to put the pieces of the mystery together, but that that didn’t keep him from a well-placed kick or a hard right. As for the mystery itself, it proved an enticing tale, but this novel felt more at home inside the studios and name-dropping actors and actresses and taking its action both inside and outside the bedroom. In the end, that was more than fine with me, as this was one tale that I breezed through faster than a New Mexico sandstorm. Robert Downs Author of Falling Immortality: Casey Holden, Private Investigator
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You'll like this series that take you back to the 1940's and Hollywood. You'll feel like you're watching an old movie. Well writen and has you looking forward to the next book.
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