The Melting Clock (Toby Peters Series #16)

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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...
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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...

Tie into this month's Toby Peters mystery hardcover, The Devil Met a Lady, with his 16th adventure. Surrealist painter Salvador Dali enlists Toby's help in retrieving three stolen paintings--from thieves Dali hired as a publicity stunt.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Edgar Award winner Kaminsky ( Poor Butterfly ) pairs his 1940s L.A. private investigator Toby Peters with surrealist painter Salvador Dali in the series hero's 16th outrageous escapade. Dali and his wife, Gala, hire Peters to find three paintings and three ornate Russian clocks stolen from their house in Carmel. The only clue is an enigmatic note that, once deciphered with the help of his friend Jeremy Butler, ex-wrestler and poet, leads Peters to a murdered man, one clock and a painting defaced with another coded message. Aided again by Jeremy, Peters discovers another dead man, another clock and another work of art, on which is scrawled the message ``Time is running out. ``Dali confesses planning the theft and the notes as a publicity stunt, but he is horrified by the murders. Peters fears that the painter will be the third victim and enlists the aid of Jeremy and another friend, Gunther, for protection. Once again Kaminsky mixes the real--in this case the surreal--with the fictional for a quick-paced, clever revisionist Hollywood romp. (Dec.)
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  • ISBN-13: 9780446403047
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Toby Peters Series, #16
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 208

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