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You Bet Your Life by Stuart M. Kaminsky

You Bet Your Life (1978)

by Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Series: Toby Peters Mysteries (3)

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Interesting period (40s) detective story with our PI attempting to rescue Chico Marx from a debt. Interesting writing, fun, and a relatively solid plot. ( )
  addunn3 | May 29, 2018 |
Still fun but not as good as the last one. ( )
  CSDaley | Mar 28, 2018 |
Love all the Toby Peters series of books!! This one has the Marx Brothers and Ian Flemming making guest appearances. Since most of it is in Chicago, we do not meet our usual cast of characters, but still a fun story. ( )
  MaryWJ | Dec 20, 2010 |
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Kaminsky, Stuart M.primary authorall editionsconfirmed
Crepax, LucianaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hilling, STranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
McKeveny, TomCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Renswoude, Antoinettesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Toby Peters goes to Chicago to clear up a famous comic’s gambling debts
There’s nothing funny about the package that comes for Chico Marx. It’s a severed ear, a simple message from a Chicago bookie who wants $120,000 from the world-renown Marx brother. The strange thing is that, though Chico likes to gamble, he hasn’t been making bets in Chicago. Terrified, he goes to the studio for help. Louis B. Mayer, king of Hollywood, places a call to Toby Peters.
Peters’s first lead is promising. Traveling on the studio’s dime, he makes his way to Florida where he gets an interview with Al Capone, deposed lord of the Chicago underworld. The retired bootlegger’s mind has gone soft, and he doesn’t know anything about Chico’s bookie, but he suggests Peters speak to his brother. With Scarface’s good word as an introduction, Peters goes to Chicago, where it will take more than a good sense of humor to keep the Marxes from getting axed.

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Another of Kaminsky's clever concoctions of fictional mystery centered around real Hollywood stars of the 40's. This time, tough but none-too-bright private eye Toby Peters is called in to save one of the Marx Brothers from someone who claims a huge gambling debt. Peters has to seek the aid of some unsavory types, like Al Capone, with outrageous results, including a corpse in his hotel room .… (more)

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