The Melting Clock (Toby Peters Series #16)by Stuart M. Kaminsky
In wartime L.A., milk prices are up. Margarine and gas can’t be bought. For private eye Toby Peters, shoplifting patrol at the local Ralph’s Grocery has been the only steady work. Into this grind of reality comes a hefty, dubiously welcome dose of surrealism, in the person of Salvador Dali, encamped in nearby Beverly Hills. The artful madman whose professed mission is to shock the world every twenty-four hours, Dali has seen his latest publicity stunt go fatally, frighteningly amok. Drawn into a bizarre new world of mustaches without faces, crumbling stone women, and watches melting on the Victory Drugstore grill, Toby has to hunt down a treasure of three precious paintings and three priceless clocks, while wading though a growing thicket of dead bodies. Hovering over the twisted landscape is the curse of a killer even madder than Daliand more indestructible than a Sherman tank...
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