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Stuart M. Kaminsky
[1934-2009]

author Stuart M. Kaminsky, some years ago               Toby Peters series

Porfiry Rostnikov series

Abe Lieberman series

Lew Fonesca series

other books


Stuart M. Kaminsky catalog at Amazon.com
Stuart M. Kaminsky audio catalog at Amazon.com
Stuart Kaminsky credits at Internet Movie Database

Stuart M. Kaminsky entry at Wikipedia
official Stuart M. Kaminsky website {expired 2009?}

interview at January Magazine [8/2002]




Toby Peters  Mystery Series

browse books in the Toby Peters series at Amazon
Toby Peters entry at Thrilling Detective website

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Fatal Glass of Beer mystery novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky   "A Fatal Glass of Beer" [#20=1997]
When comedy actor W.C. Fields learns that his money is being taken from his many secret bank accounts (set up across America during his vaudeville career), he hires P.I. Toby Peters to help hunt down the culprit, one Lester O. Hipnoodle.
Mysterious Press hardcover [4/97] out of print/many used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

A Few Minutes Past Midnight mystery novel co-starring Charlie Chaplin   "A Few Minutes Past Midnight" [#21=2001]
In December 1943, a man show up on Charlie Chaplin's doorstep weilding a knife. The out-of-favor comedy star hires P.I. Toby Peters, whose investigation gets more and more muddled.
Orion mass pb [7/2003] out of print/used
Carroll & Graf Publrs 9x6 hardcover [8/2001] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Bullet For A Star mystery novel co-starring Errol Flynn   "Bullet For A Star" [#1=1977]
Somebody is killing people in Hollywood, and Warner Bros. Studios hires private investigator Toby Peters to protect Errol Flynn from a blackmailer.
Warner Books mass pb [12/91] out of print/used
Mysterious Press/Grand Central pb [9/85] out of print/used
St. Martins Press hardcover [6/77] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Buried Caesars" co-starring Douglas MacArthur in 1942 [#14=1989]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Catch A Falling Clown" co-starring Emmett Kelly [#7=1981]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Dancing In The Dark" co-starring Fred Astaire [#19=1995]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Devil Met A Lady" co-starring Bette Davis [#17=1993]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Down For The Count" co-starring Joe Louis [#10=1985]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Fala Factor" co-starring Eleanor Roosevelt [#9=1984]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"He Done Her Wrong" co-starring Mae West [#8=1983]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

High Midnight mystery novel co-starring Gary Cooper & Ernest Hemingway   "High Midnight" [#6=1981]
Someone really wants Gary Cooper to make a movie, badly enough to resort to threats, blackmail, and murder. Cooper takes to the hills, accompanied by writer Ernest Heming- way, while private detective Toby Peters tries to straighten the matter out without running afoul of East Coast gangster Lombardi.
Mysterious Press pb [4/84] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press hardcover [1981] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Howard Hughes Affair mystery novel co-starring Howard Hughes   "The Howard Hughes Affair" [#4=1979]
In 1941, young billionaire aviator Howard Hughes is doing secret work for the war effort; when he discovers a spy at an exclusive dinner party, he hires gumshoe Toby Peters who gets deeper and deeper, until he is rescued by Basil Rathbone.
Ace pb [11/80] out of print/used
Blackstone UNABR audio [2/99] for $26.94
Blackstone audio [3/95] for $32.95
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance mystery novel co-starring John Wayne & Charlie Chaplin   "The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance" [#11=1986]
In 1942 Hollywood, P.I. Toby Peters is lured to a hotel room in hopes of a job, is drugged, and wakes up to find his client murdered and actor John Wayne pointing a gun at Toby's chest; the trail leads to a stolen $10,000 charity donation from Charlie Chaplin, who hires Toby to recover the money. Also includes "Cain's Mutiny" story by Bill Pronzini.
Mysterious Press mass pb [6/90] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press hardcover [1/86] out of print/used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Melting Clock" co-starring Salvador Dali [#16=1991]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Mildred Pierced mystery novel co-starring Joan Crawford  "Mildred Pierced" [#23=2003]
Set in June 1944; actress Joan Crawford witnesses the killing of a woman by a bolt from a crossbow; about to start the filming of "Mildred Pierce" at Warner Bros. Studios, she hires private detective Toby Peters to keep her name out of the case; then Toby discovers that the victim is his office landlord's wife ...
Carroll & Graf 9½x6¼ hardcover [6/2003] out of print/many used
Murder On The Yellow Brick Road mystery novel co-starring Judy Garland  "Murder On The Yellow Brick Road" [#2=1978]
Studio mogul Louis B. Mayer hires private detective Toby Peters to solve the murder of a munchkin on a soundstage at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios. Unfortunately, the prime suspect seems to be a drugged-out Judy Garland, the teenage star of last year's "Wizard of Oz" box-office smash.
Penguin 7x5 pb [6/79] out of print/many used
iBooks 8¼x5¼ pb [5/2000] out of print/many used
iBooks hardcover [5/2000] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press 8x5¼ hardcover [1978] out of print/many used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Never Cross A Vampire mystery novel co-starring Béla Lugosi & William Faulkner  "Never Cross A Vampire" [#5=1980]
In January 1942 Hollywood, detective Toby Peters first is hired to find the person sending threats to fading actor Béla Lugosi, then to get screenwriter William Faulkner free of murder charges, then he finds that the two cases are connected.
iBooks 8¼x5¼ pb [10/2000] out of print/used
Mysterious Press mass pb [3/84] out of print/used
St. Martin hardcover [1/80] out of print/used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Now You See It" co-starring Cornel Wilde [#24=Nov 2004]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Poor Butterfly" co-starring Leopold Stokowski [#15=1990]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Smart Moves mystery novel co-starring Albert Einstein   "Smart Moves" [#12=1987]
Hollywood private eye Toby Peters flies east to New York City because celebrity German physicist Albert Einstein suspects that Nazi sympathizers are working to besmirch his name, while others want to assassinate him. Toby gets help on the case from singer Paul Robeson, the local F.B.I., and a female telephone operator at his hotel.
Warner Books mass pb [1/96] out of print/used
St. Martins Press 8¼x5½ hardcover [3/87] out of print/many used

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Think Fast, Mr. Peters" co-starring Peter Lorre [#13=1988]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"To Catch A Spy" co-starring Cary Grant [#22=2002]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

Tomorrow Is Another Day mystery novel by Stuart M. Kaminsky   "Tomorrow Is Another Day" [#18=1995]
In 1943, movie star Clark Gable receives a list of past and future murder victims, all seemingly linked by being present at the filming of the all-night 'burning of Atlanta' scene for "Gone With The Wind" at the Hal Roach Studios backlot in 1938. Gable hires detective Toby Peters, who soon discovers that an extra was murdered with a sword during the filming, and the killing covered up.
Warner Books mass pb [1/96] out of print/used
Mysterious Press 8½x5½ hardcover [2/95] out of print/many used
★ ★ ★ ★ ★

You Bet Your Life mystery novel co-starring The Marx Brothers   "You Bet Your Life" [#3=1979]
While suffering a bad case of the flu, P.I. Toby Peters attempts to clear the name of Chico Marx, accused by the Chicago mob of running up $120,000 in gambling losses; Toby does so with the help of the other Marx Brothers, gangster Al Capone, Mayor Richard Daley & author Ian Fleming.
Mysterious Press mass pb [7/90] out of print/used
St. Martin's Press hardcover [2/79] out of print/used



Insp. Porfiry Rostnikov
Mystery-Adventure Series

browse Porfiry Rostnikov series category at Amazon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"A Cold Red Sunrise" [1988]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"A Fine Red Rain"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Black Knight In Red Square"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Blood and Rubles" [1996]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Death of A Dissident"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Death of A Russian Priest"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Dog Who Bit A Policeman"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Fall of A Cosmonaut" [2000]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Hard Currency" [1995]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Man Who Walked Like A Bear"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Murder On The Trans-Siberian Express" [2001]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"People Who Walk In Darkness" [due May 2008]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Red Chameleon"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Rostnikov's Vacation"

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Tarnished Icons"




Chicago cop  Abe Lieberman
Mystery Series

browse books in the Abe Lieberman series at Amazon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"When the Dark Man Calls" [1995 TV movie]
Directed by Nathaniel Gutman; based on a Kaminsky novel; video/DVD not available; full credits at IMDb

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Lieberman’s Folly" [#1]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Lieberman’s Choice" [#2]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Lieberman’s Day" [#3]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Lieberman’s Thief" [#4}

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Lieberman’s Law" [#5]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Big Silence" [#6=2001]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Not Quite Kosher" [#7]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Last Dark Place" [#8=2004]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Terror Town" [#9]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"The Dead Don't Lie" [#10=2007]




Lew Fonesca
Mystery Series

browse books in the Lew Fonesca series at Amazon

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Vengeance" [#1=2000]
movie project to film in 2007 not listed on IMDb {10/2007)

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Retribution" [#2=2002]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Midnight Pass" [#3=2003]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Denial" [#4=2005]

★ ★ ★ ★ ★

"Always Say Goodbye" [#5=2006]




Other Books

"American Film Genres"

"Basic Filmmaking"

"Behind The Mystery" [2005]

biographies of Gary Cooper, Clint Eastwood, John Huston and Don Siegel

"C.S.I." novelizations

"Rockford Files" novelizations

Show Business Is Murder stories edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky  "Show Business Is Murder" [20 new stories; 2004]
Edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky

all-new stories by Charles Ardai, David Bart, Mat Coward, Shelley Freydont, Parnell Hall, Libby Fischer Hellman, Edward D. Hoch, Steve Hockensmith, Gregg Andrew Hurwitz, editor Kaminsky, Robert Lopresti, John Lutz, Annette Meyers, Gary Phillips, Suzanne Shaphren, Bob Shayne, Mark Terry, Elaine Viets, Carolyn Wheat & Angela Zeman
Berkley mass pb [8/2005] for $7.99
Berkley 8½x5¼ hardcover [8/2004] for $18.68


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