This is the 21st in a series of Friday Forgotten Books
Bullet for A Star by Stuart M. Kaminsky, © 1977, Mysterious Press 1991 paperback (shown), first Toby Peters, mystery (P.I.)
I like most of the entries in Kaminsky’s other series featuring Russian cop Inspector Rostnikov, and A Cold Red Sunrise is a particular favorite. Reading some of the many tributes to Kaminsky after his death last year, I realized I’d not read any of the Toby Peters series and decided to start with this one, the first in the series.
It’s 1940. Peters is a down-at-the-heel private eye working in the Los Angeles – Hollywood area. He’s been a cop – his brother still works in homicide – and he worked in security at the Warner Brothers studio for several years before a fight with a star got him fired. Now he pretty much lives from job to job. A producer at Warner’s hires Peters to deliver a blackmail payment, and get a compromising film and it’s negative in return. The trade doesn’t go well, with the film, negative, Peters’ .38 and five thousand dollars disappearing while Peters is left with a bashed in head and a corpse nearby.
From there is pretty much the classic P.I. story. The plot takes a lot of twists, Peters gets knocked around, and rubs shoulders with a lot of movie stars while trying to find the missing materials and the killer. There’s nothing complicated or stunning in this, but it’s fast, fun and easy to read. I enjoyed it and I’ll try the next in the series, which runs to 24 books, as soon as I get a chance.
~ ~ ~ ~
Series organizer Patti Abbott hosts more FFB reviews at her own blog,
and a complete list of today’s participating blogs will appear in a day or two.