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Mystery writer Stuart M. Kaminsky dies

bullet-for-a-starStuart M. Kaminsky, the author of around 70 mystery books, died on Friday at the age of 75. A fan of Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler, Kaminsky started writing at a young age. His first novel, Bullet for a Star, was published in 1977 and featured a 1940s-era detective called Toby Peters. Peters went on to star in more than 20 novels.

Kaminsky’s Inspector Rostnikov novel, A Cold Red Sunrise, received the 1989 Edgar Award for Best Novel. He earned six other Edgar nominations during his career.

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Richard Davies

2 Responses to “Mystery writer Stuart M. Kaminsky dies”

  1. I had major surgery on 8 Oct and have only just returned ot my computer. I was checking for the new books available to me when I came to the US in Nov. Stuart Kaminsky was my first port of call as he has been a favourite author since buying A Fine Red Rain in Books A Million Potomac Mills about 15 years ago. I bought all his books over the years on my trips to the US as they are difficult to come by in the UK. Several years ago I emailed him about the availability of one of his books to which he replied with questions about me and which books I enjoyed. We continued to email over the years. It is, therefore, with great sadness and a few tears, that I read the sad news of his death.
    My thoughts and prayers are with his family as their sadness must be far greater than mine. I will collect the last 4 books on my trips to the US and trasure them as a reminder of a great author and man.

  2. Richard Davies

    Thanks for this story. Not every author would do that.