To Catch a Spy (Toby Peters Series #22)

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With a hilarious new Hollywood thriller and in the hire of the urbane, amusing screen star Cary Grant, private investigator Toby Peters continues a madcap career that has cast him as sleuth to such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, Mae West, and Charlie Chaplin. Like many a movie mystery, this one begins in the middle of the night, when Toby, trying to deliver a package at Grant's behest, finds himself with a corpse on his hands, a lump on his head, and an odd message from a ...

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With a hilarious new Hollywood thriller and in the hire of the urbane, amusing screen star Cary Grant, private investigator Toby Peters continues a madcap career that has cast him as sleuth to such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, Mae West, and Charlie Chaplin. Like many a movie mystery, this one begins in the middle of the night, when Toby, trying to deliver a package at Grant's behest, finds himself with a corpse on his hands, a lump on his head, and an odd message from a dying man. Now in pursuit of a murderer, Toby and Grant, who proves to be no less acrobatic than he is resourceful, follow a trail of clues that leads them eventually to a den of Nazi sympathizers and finally to a nighttime confrontation on a mountaintop with a very determined and formidably well-armed killer. As always, Toby can count on the aid of his friends: the unsanitary dentist Shelly Minck, with whom Toby shares an office; the huge wrestler-turned-poet Jerry Butler; the suave Swiss little person Gunther Whertman, who has mastered as many languages as he has skills; and Mrs. Irene Plaut, Toby's daffy but dogged landlady. As always, too, all four lend Toby their loyalty and support, although they are more likely to add to the chaos. "Kaminsky has such a good time writing, and he so loves the period, that the reader is swept along willy-nilly."—New York Times Book Review "Makes the totally wacky possible.... Peters [is] an unblemished delight."—Washington Post

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Publishers Weekly
For anyone with a taste for old Hollywood B-movie mysteries, Edgar winner Kaminsky offers plenty of nostalgic fun in his 22nd book to feature good-natured, unprepossessing sleuth Toby Peters (after 2001's A Few Minutes Past Midnight). Having solved cases for the likes of Bette Davis, Humphrey Bogart and the Marx Brothers, Toby now takes on as a client Bristol's own Archibald Alexander Leach, aka Cary Grant. A note at the start explains that King George VI awarded Grant a medal in 1947 for somewhat vague services during WWII. Kaminsky supposes Grant to have been a British intelligence agent, his job to detect the activities of Nazi sympathizers in Hollywood. Married to Woolworth heiress Barbara Hutton at the time, he finds more pro-Nazis among his wife's rich friends than among the acting community. Grant hires Toby, who packs a .38 with which he's unable to hit the broad side of a sound stage, to deliver a satchel of money in the dark of night to a man who'll give him an envelope in return. Need anyone ask what occurs? Shots ring out. The man Toby is to meet dies with the name "George Hall" on his lips, while Toby receives the first of many conks on the head, knocking him cold. Toby and the acrobatic Grant at his lithe best make an appealing team. The tone is light, the pace brisk, the tongue firmly in cheek. The series may be tissue thin by this point, but fans are in for a merry ride. (July 1) FYI: Kaminsky is also the author of Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express (Forecasts, Sept. 3, 2001), the latest in his Porfiry Rostnikov series, and of Retribution (Forecasts, Oct. 22, 2001), his second Lew Fonesca novel, plus more than 70 other novels. Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
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Private eye Toby Peters, who's been pushing 50 since 1977, is finally showing his age. So when he gets cold-cocked while trying to exchange a bag full of cash for an envelope full of documents in Elysian Park after dark, even his long-suffering girlfriend Anita suggests that maybe this time he ought to leave it alone-though, with a dozen stitches, he got off easier than Bruno Volkman, the document guy, who landed in the morgue. But Peter's client, Cary Grant, is so charming that he can't leave it alone. So in spite of warnings from the LAPD, the FBI, and a Brooklyn-born psychic named Juanita, he continues to poke into Volkman's shady past, finding brochures in his apartment that send him to a radio shop and the drama department of a local college and tracking down the mysterious "George Hall"-the last words to pass Volkman's lips. Fortified by a hearty breakfast of his landlady's signature Trout Plaut (sauteed with peanut butter), he manages to get himself kidnapped and roughed up a bit more while uncovering some decidedly anti-American covert activity. But it sends him literally over the edge when the bad guys snatch his officemate Sheldon Minck and his indispensable secretary Violet. The latest in prolific Kaminsky's Toby Peters series is a mild-mannered thriller-peril but no real mystery-that seems to be marking time between his last zany adventure (A Few Minutes Past Midnight, 2001) and the next.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786710232
  • Publisher: Avalon Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 7/28/2002
  • Series: Toby Peters Series , #22
  • Pages: 240
  • Product dimensions: 6.32 (w) x 9.24 (h) x 0.95 (d)

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