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In a case involving Nazi spies, stumblebum character actors trying to be tough, and top-secret bomber plans, Hollywood private eye Toby Peters is hired to protect Bette Davis from a threatened kidnapping. 15,000 first printing.
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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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