Catch a falling clown: A Toby Peters mystery

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A circus stakeout puts Toby Peters at the bottom of the food chain....

The gorilla doesn’t like clowns. Normally that wouldn’t bother Toby Peters, since detective work tends to keep him far away from animal cages, but tonight he’s dressed as a clown and locked in with the ape. The animal’s handler told him not to worry - gorillas don’t eat people. They just like to tear their arms and legs off.

What the ape doesn’t understand is that Peters is here for his protection. Earlier that week, someone electrocuted an elephant, and the gorilla, as one of the star attractions in this second-rate circus, is next on the hit list. Someone is killing animals to kill the circus, and if that doesn’t work they may move on to human prey. Toby Peters has a shot at unraveling this big top mystery, as long as he survives his night in the gorilla’s cage.

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Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934-2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, Kaminsky penned more than sixty novels over his lifetime. In 1981's Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. He died in St. Louis in 2009.

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Toby Peters, the scruffy but suave private eye, becomes entangled in a series of mishaps and murders in a traveling circus. The smell of the greasepaint and roar of the crowd, not to mention to seedier side of circus life, are brought to life as Peters comes to the aid of the consummate clown, Emmett Kelly. Reader Tom Parker provides distinct vocal characterizations but resists exaggeration--an impressive feat given the menagerie of personalities ranging from dwarf actor to giant wrestler, and Jewish dentist to eastern European lion tamer. Even Alfred Hitchcock makes an appearance in a voice easily recognized. Parker's pace and articulation are perfect, allowing the listener to become immersed in the wacky story and glimpse the clown's thrill at making people laugh. N.M.C. © AudioFile 2002, Portland, Maine-- Copyright © AudioFile, Portland, Maine

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