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Bullet for a Star (1977)
de Stuart M. Kaminsky
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I've enjoyed other works by this author but until picking up Bullet for a Star I'd not read any of his Toby Peters mysteries. It's a decent read, with lots of name-dropping of Hollywood stars of the 1930s and just the right amount of humor, in my opinion. And for the reader who prefers stories without graphic sex or violence, this almost makes the grade. I'll keep an eye out for additional books in this series.
A breezy detective yarn, set in Hollywood's golden age. Lots (!) of name dropping and cameo appearances from notables of days gone by.
Toby Peters is hired to stop a blackmailer of Errol Flynn. Well put together.
this was a fun, fast first book. really fast - i kept forgetting that all of the action was happening in just over a day because so much was going on it felt like a couple of weeks should have passed. i think this would have been more fun for fans of old movies, but i enjoyed it (just didn't get a kick out of the movie stars) just the same.
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The first in a mystery series set in 1940s Hollywood, where a hard-boiled private eye helps a cast of real-life stars: "Nostalgic fun" (Publishers Weekly). Hollywood, 1940: It's been four years since security guard Toby Peters got fired from the Warner Brothers lot for breaking a screen cowboy's arm. Since then he's scratched out a living as a private detective--missing persons and bodyguard work mostly--but now his old friends, the Warners, have a job for him. Someone has mailed the studio a picture of Errol Flynn caught in a compromising position with an underage woman. Although Flynn insists it's a fake, the studio is taking no chances. Peters is to deliver the blackmailer five thousand dollars and return with the photo negative. It should be simple, but Flynn, a swashbuckler on and off the screen, has a way of making things complicated. Soon it's up to Peters to clear Flynn's name, following a twisted trail that surprisingly leads to the set of The Maltese Falcon, involving Humphrey Bogart, Peter Lorre, and Sydney Greenstreet. As real-life PI Toby Peters meets Bogie's Sam Spade, he doesn't fall prey to being star-struck. But he may still fall prey to a killer. "If you like your mysteries Sam Spade tough, with tongue in cheek and a touch of the theatrical, then the Toby Peters series is just your ticket." --Houston Chronicle
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Classificació Decimal de Dewey (DDC)813.54 — Literature English (North America) American fiction 20th Century 1945-1999
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Peters is a private investigator based in Hollywood during the 1940s whose cases always involve movie stars or other famous people from that era. In “Bullet for a Star,” Errol Flynn is being blackmailed with a fake photograph showing him in a compromising situation with an underage girl, and the studio hires Peters to pay the money and retrieve the photo and the negative. It's not that simple, of course, and soon there are a series of murders, with Peters himself becoming the main suspect.
Always complicating these novels is the fact that our hero's brother is a homicide detective with a love-hate relationship with Toby. Sheldon Minck, the hapless dentist with whom Peters shares an office, appears briefly, while other regulars in this wonderful series have yet to be introduced.
This first Toby Peters adventure, if not as funny as those that would follow, sets the pattern. Why the first book in the series remained unread by me for so long I cannot explain. ( )