Fasten your seatbelts--it's going to be a bumpy ride through 1940s Hollywood as detective Toby Peters is assigned to protect Bette Davis from a rag-tag group of spies. And when the no-nonsense leading lady is kidnapped not once, not twice, but three times, Toby wonders who is going to protect him from her.
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STUART M. KAMINSKY (1934-2009) received the 1989 Edgar Allan Poe Award for best mystery novel, as well as France's Prix du Roman d Aventures in 1990. His love of the movies and long career as a professor of film history led him to create the popular and critically acclaimed Toby Peters series. He received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America in 2006.From Kirkus Reviews:
Another pleasantly foolish outing for Toby Peters (The Melting Clock, 1991, etc.), shamus to Hollywood's Golden Age stars. The client this time (1943) is Bette Davis's husband Arthur Farnsworth, whose aeronautical research on a modified bombsight has brought him to the attention of a gang that wants to swap the plans for an old sound-recording that Toby would rather forget--a record of how Davis's first husband, Ham Nelson, blackmailed Howard Hughes over a little performance coaching she gave him--and threatens to kidnap the star if Farnsworth won't play ball. The byplay between Toby and Davis, who stops recycling dialogue from her movies only long enough to get snatched three times, is the high point here; better pass over the mystery in silence. Bright and insubstantial as a meringue. Not the best in this waggish, venerable series. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Book Description Mysterious Pr, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0446404233
Book Description Mysterious Pr, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0446404233
Book Description Mysterious Pr, 1995. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110446404233