Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (Toby Peters Series #2)by Stuart M. Kaminsky
The year is 1940, and Los Angeles-based private eye Toby
"Someone had murdered a Munchkin. The little man was lying on his back in the middle of the yellow brick road with his startled eyes looking into the overhead lights of an M.G.M. sound stage. He might have looked kind of cute in a tinsel-town way if it hadn¹t been for the knife sticking out of his chest."
The year is 1940, and Los Angeles-based private eye Toby Peters has been called before the real-life Wizard of Oz himself, Louis B. Mayer, legendary studio head of Metro-Goldwyn Mayer. His job: to track down a murderer stalking the back lots of one of Hollywood's most powerful movie companies.
Peters sets to work, plumbing the depths of a world of dreamers, child stars, and half-sized philosophers, helped by none other than Clark Gable, Raymond Chandler, and Judy Garland. It¹s a treacherous trail of clues that Peters must follow‹one as winding as the Yellow Brick Road, and deadlier than a field of poppies.
But does Toby Peters possess enough brains, heart, and courage to solve this bizarre case before he becomes the latest victim of Hollywood¹s new Wicked Witch of the West...?
"Spade and Marlowe have had plenty of imitators, but I think Stuart Kaminsky has come up with a true heir...Kaminsky adroitly blends imaginative fiction with real Hollywood characters." St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"Shades of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. If you think Stuart Kaminsky doesn't have a feeling for the best of both authors, you are in for a surprise." San Diego Union-Tribune
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This book has everything i enjoy. It has judy garland, a mystery and..... the yellow brick road! I enjoyed this book alot and it is amzing to see how it turns out in the end. A must red for everyone!
Although this is the second book in the series, it's the first one that I read. I knew nothing about this author or the series, but I found the title intriguing. It turned out to be one of the best impulse purchases I ever made. I have since read every book in the series and never been disappointed. These books are set in the 1940's and Mr. Kaminsky paints a vivid portrait of life in Hollywood as it was then. His characters are interesting and vividly drawn. They are unique and not the stereotypes that one might expect. Each book in the series features a movie star of the day, and Mr. Kaminsky's work as a biographer carries through with interesting information about the personalities of those stars. This volume features Judy Garland at the time that she was filming "The Wizard of Oz". Toby Peters is drawn into the murder of a Munchkin by a summons from none other than Judy Garland herself. He is then hired by the head of the studio to keep Miss Garland's name out of the ensuing scandal. He soon realizes that she is in danger and he sets out to protect her with the aid of Clark Gable and Raymond Chandler. Reading the books is rather like watching a vintage movie of the times. They always hold my interest. I only with that there were more of them.
This book is a mystery, drama and everything else. After you read 'Murder on the Yellow Brick Road' you won't see the movie 'The Wizard of Oz' the same way an entire new twist to an old classic.