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Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934–2009)

Author of Murder on the Yellow Brick Road

126+ Works 6,687 Members 161 Reviews 13 Favorited

About the Author

Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels. The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books show more draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect. His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934 and died in 2009. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Series

Works by Stuart M. Kaminsky

Death of a Dissident (1981) 233 copies
A Cold Red Sunrise (1988) 225 copies
Bullet for a Star (1977) 216 copies
Never Cross a Vampire (1980) 170 copies
Black Knight in Red Square (1983) 168 copies
A Fine Red Rain (1987) 140 copies
People Who Walk in Darkness (2008) 126 copies
You Bet Your Life (1978) 123 copies
Vengeance (1999) 121 copies
Blood on the Sun (2006) 118 copies
He Done Her Wrong (1983) 118 copies
Deluge (2007) 116 copies
A Whisper to the Living (2010) 115 copies
Rostnikov's Vacation (1991) 115 copies
Red Chameleon (1985) 114 copies
Death of a Russian Priest (1992) 113 copies
Blood and Rubles (1996) 112 copies
The Fala Factor (1984) 112 copies
The Howard Hughes Affair (1978) 112 copies
Dead of Winter (2005) 111 copies
Fall of a Cosmonaut (2000) 107 copies
Midnight Pass (2003) 107 copies
Lieberman's Folly (1991) 106 copies
The Dog Who Bit a Policeman (1998) 102 copies
Catch a Falling Clown (1981) 98 copies
High Midnight (1981) 98 copies
Hard Currency (1995) 97 copies
Always Say Goodbye (2006) 93 copies
Retribution (2001) 91 copies
The Devil Met a Lady (1993) 90 copies
Dancing in the Dark (1996) 90 copies
Denial (2005) 89 copies
Tarnished Icons (1997) 89 copies
Lieberman's Choice (1993) 85 copies
Bright Futures (2009) 85 copies
Buried Caesars (1989) 84 copies
Poor Butterfly (1990) 83 copies
Down for the Count (1985) 82 copies
The Melting Clock (1991) 81 copies
Smart Moves (1986) 81 copies
Tomorrow Is Another Day (1995) 77 copies
Mildred Pierced (2003) 76 copies
Not Quite Kosher (2002) 74 copies
Lieberman's Law (1996) 73 copies
To Catch a Spy (2002) 73 copies
Think Fast, Mr. Peters (1987) 73 copies
Terror Town (2006) 72 copies
Lieberman's Day (1994) 72 copies
The Dead Don't Lie (2007) 70 copies
A Few Minutes Past Midnight (2001) 69 copies
A Fatal Glass of Beer (1997) 68 copies
Lieberman's Thief (1995) 67 copies
The Last Dark Place (2004) 61 copies
Now You See It (2004) 55 copies
When the Dark Man Calls (1983) 29 copies
Show Business Is Murder (2004) — Editor — 24 copies
John Huston, maker of magic (1978) 19 copies
Exercise in Terror (1985) 12 copies
Writing for Television (1988) 9 copies
Clint Eastwood (1974) 7 copies
Camaleón rojo (1985) 3 copies
The Final Toast {play} (2008) 3 copies
Judy et ses nains (1997) 2 copies
L'Affaire Howard Hughes (2000) 2 copies
Du sang sous le soleil (2007) 2 copies
El fáctor fala (1984) 2 copies
Fantasia à l'opéra (1991) 2 copies
Rostnikov à Cuba (1997) 2 copies
Soleil post-mortem (2009) 1 copy
Don Siegel : Director (1974) 1 copy
Du sang et des roubles (1998) 1 copy
Oculto 1995 1 copy
Find Miriam 1 copy
Snow [Short Story] (1999) 1 copy
Biscotti à Sarasota (2007) 1 copy
La loi de lieberman (1998) 1 copy
Déluge (2008) 1 copy

Associated Works

The Doorbell Rang (1965) — Introduction, some editions — 1,381 copies
The New Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1976) — Contributor — 359 copies
The Further Adventures of Batman (1989) — Contributor — 349 copies
Murder in Baker Street: New Tales of Sherlock Holmes (2001) — Contributor — 291 copies
Dark Love (1995) — Contributor — 253 copies
The Mysterious West (1994) — Contributor — 233 copies
Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe (1988) — Contributor, some editions; Contributor — 203 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2005 (2005) — Contributor — 190 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 1998 (1998) — Contributor — 179 copies
The Mammoth Book of Private Eye Stories (1988) — Contributor — 164 copies
The Best American Mystery Stories 2002 (2002) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Further Adventures of the Joker (1990) — Contributor — 159 copies
The Big Book of Sherlock Holmes Stories (2015) — Contributor — 146 copies
A Century of Noir: Thirty-two Classic Crime Stories (2002) — Contributor — 81 copies
The Ultimate Witch (1993) — Contributor — 76 copies
The Oxford Book of Detective Stories (2000) — Contributor — 69 copies
Guilty As Charged (1996) — Contributor — 63 copies
Murderous Schemes (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Chicago Noir: The Classics (2015) — Contributor — 52 copies
First Cases: New and Classic Tales of Detection (1999) — Contributor — 42 copies
Crème de la Crime (2000) — Contributor — 24 copies
Flesh & Blood: Erotic Tales of Crime and Passion (2001) — Contributor — 19 copies
Sex, Lies and Private Eyes (2009) — Contributor — 8 copies
Mystery for Short: Short Story Collections (1999) — Contributor — 3 copies
Great Writers and Kids Write Mystery Stories (1996) — Contributor — 3 copies
Soviet Sources | Poor Butterfly | Lautrec (1990) — Contributor — 2 copies

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For the last few years I have been working my way through the Toby Peters series of mysteries by Stuart Kaminsky. These are not particularly spectacular in any way but I am a sucker for 1940s Hollywood and Toby Peter is a private detective that works in and around the film studios during the 1940s. In this outing he is assisting Gary Cooper who is being pushed into making a film that he has no interest in. What is interesting is who is doing the pushing as it appears to be a mafia boss.

Toby as always is stuck in the middle between the mafia, Gary Cooper, the desperate film crew that think that making this film with Gary Cooper is their ticket to fame and his surly brother, a cop who thinks that Toby is always in the wrong. Eventually Toby sorts through the beatings and bodies and figures out that this is a giant ruse and what someone really wants is for Gary Cooper to be killed.

While not my favorite of the series, I did enjoy this one. Gary Cooper comes across as a nice man who women loved and that men wanted to be like. As the story advanced we also get to meet Cooper’s friends Ernest Hemingway and Babe Ruth which added to the fun. I am looking forward to continuing on with the series.
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DeltaQueen50 | 4 other reviews | Mar 15, 2024 |
Still fun but not as good as the last one.
 
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cdaley | 6 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
Very light read but if you are looking for something fun and fast this is it. Double bonus that the Wizard of Oz plays a big part of the back story.
 
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cdaley | 4 other reviews | Nov 2, 2023 |
Stuart Kaminsky’s PI, Toby Peters is on the case for Warner Brothers Studios. Seems there is a photo of Errol Flynn in a compromising situation, with a very young girl. Warner Brothers wants to know if it is real or fake. Flynn says it’s a fake. Damage control is desperately needed or Flynn’s career will be down the tubes!

A ransom demands has been made and Toby is to be the delivery boy. Toby is skeptical about being given the original negative when he delivers the money. His suspicions of the exchange being a set-up are confirmed when he is hit over the head at the drop and wakes up to being in the company of a dead body!

As Toby tries to solve the murder and get the original negative, dead bodies keep turning up. Not a good thing.

A romp through 1940s Hollywood and the world of movie studios, with appearances of Peter Lorre, William Faulkner, Edward G. Robinson, Humphrey Bogart and more make this book a delight. The turns are sharp and the pace is steady, with humour interlaced with danger.

I’ve read a couple of books in the series and enjoyed them. This was the first of the series, and it did not disappoint.
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