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You Bet Your Life (A Toby Peters Mystery)

Kaminsky, Stuart M.

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ISBN 10: 031289662X / ISBN 13: 9780312896621
Published by St. Martin's Press, NY, 1978
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First printing. Another in this highly inventive and entertaining series of mysteries among the Hollywood stars of the 30s and 40s and featuring detective Toby Peters. In this entry, Peters comes to the aid of Chico Marx who is accused of owing the mob $120,000 in gambling debts. Along the way he encounters Al Capone, Richard Daley and Ian Fleming---and deals with typical Marx Brothers shenannigans. A very fine, fresh copy in a bright, crisp dust jacket with a trace of waer at the head edge of the spine and a tiny closed tear. Very collectible condition. Bookseller Inventory # F475

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Title: You Bet Your Life (A Toby Peters Mystery)

Publisher: St. Martin's Press, NY

Publication Date: 1978

Binding: Hard Cover

Dust Jacket Condition: Yes

Edition: First

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Toby Peters goes to Chicago to clear up a famous comic’s gambling debts

There’s nothing funny about the package that comes for Chico Marx. It’s a severed ear, a simple message from a Chicago bookie who wants $120,000 from the world-renown Marx brother. The strange thing is that, though Chico likes to gamble, he hasn’t been making bets in Chicago. Terrified, he goes to the studio for help. Louis B. Mayer, king of Hollywood, places a call to Toby Peters.

Peters’s first lead is promising. Traveling on the studio’s dime, he makes his way to Florida where he gets an interview with Al Capone, deposed lord of the Chicago underworld. The retired bootlegger’s mind has gone soft, and he doesn’t know anything about Chico’s bookie, but he suggests Peters speak to his brother. With Scarface’s good word as an introduction, Peters goes to Chicago, where it will take more than a good sense of humor to keep the Marxes from getting axed.

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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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