Toby Peters Books In Publication Order
- Bullet for a Star (1977)
- Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1977)
- You Bet Your Life (1978)
- The Howard Hughes Affair (1979)
- Never Cross a Vampire (1980)
- High Midnight (1981)
- Catch a Falling Clown (1982)
- He Done Her Wrong (1983)
- The Fala Factor (1984)
- Down for the Count (1985)
- The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance (1986)
- Smart Moves (1987)
- Think Fast, Mr. Peters (1988)
- Buried Caesars (1989)
- Poor Butterfly (1990)
- The Melting Clock (1991)
- The Devil Met a Lady (1993)
- Tomorrow is Another Day (1995)
- Dancing in the Dark (1996)
- A Fatal Glass of Beer (1997)
- A Few Minutes Past Midnight (2001)
- To Catch A Spy (2002)
- Mildred Pierced (2003)
- Now You See It (2004)
Porfiry Rostnikov Books In Publication Order
- Death of a Dissident / Rostnikov’s Corpse (1981)
- Black Knight in Red Square (1984)
- Red Chameleon (1985)
- A Cold Red Sunrise (1987)
- A Fine Red Rain (1987)
- The Man Who Walked Like a Bear (1990)
- Rostnikov’s Vacation (1991)
- Death of a Russian Priest (1992)
- Hard Currency (1995)
- Blood and Rubles (1996)
- Tarnished Icons (1997)
- The Dog Who Bit a Policeman (1998)
- Fall of a Cosmonaut (2000)
- Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express (2001)
- People Who Walk in Darkness (2008)
- A Whisper to the Living (2009)
Abe Lieberman Books In Publication Order
- Lieberman’s Folly (1991)
- Lieberman’s Choice (1993)
- Lieberman’s Day (1994)
- Lieberman’s Thief (1995)
- Lieberman’s Law (1996)
- The Big Silence (2000)
- Not Quite Kosher (2002)
- The Last Dark Place (2004)
- Terror Town (2006)
- The Dead Don’t Lie (2007)
CSI: New York Books In Publication Order
- Dead of Winter (2005)
- Blood on the Sun (2006)
- Deluge (2007)
- Four Walls (By:Keith R.A. DeCandido) (2008)
Kolchak The Night Stalker Books In Publication Order
- Kolchak Night Stalker (2003)
- Kolchak the Night Stalker Volume 1 (2004)
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles (With: Max Allan Collins) (2005)
Lew Fonesca Books In Publication Order
- Vengeance (1999)
- Retribution (1999)
- Midnight Pass (2003)
- Denial (2005)
- Always Say Goodbye (2006)
- Bright Futures (2009)
The Rockford Files Books In Publication Order
- The Green Bottle (1996)
- The Devil on my Doorstep (1998)
Standalone Novels In Publication Order
- When the Dark Man Calls (1983)
- Exercise in Terror (2001)
Short Story Collections In Publication Order
- Opening Shots (1991)
- Hidden and Other Stories (1999)
Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order
- American Film Genres: Approaches to a Critical Theory of Popular Film (1974)
- Clint Eastwood: The Candid On-and-off-screen of the World’s #1 Male Superstar (1974)
- Don Siegel : Director (1974)
- Ingmar Bergman; Essays in Criticism (1975)
- John Huston, Maker of Magic (1978)
- Coop: The Life and Legend of Gary Cooper (1979)
- Basic Filmmaking (1981)
- American Television Genres (1985)
- Writing for television (1988)
- Behind the Mysteries: Top Mystery Writers (2005)
Plays In Publication Order
- The Final Toast (2008)
- Books (2008)
Anthologies In Publication Order
- Mystery in the Sunshine State (1999)
- Show Business is Murder (2004)
- Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles (2005)
- On a Raven’s Wing (2009)
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Stuart M. Kaminsky Books Overview
Hard boiled Hollywood detective Toby Peters finds himself hobnobbing with the luminaries of the silver screen when someone is littering Tinsel Town with corpses and Peters has to put himself between Errol Flynn and a bullet. First published in 1977, Peters’ first case has been out of print since 1987.
FIRST TRADE PAPERBACK EDITION BY EDGAR AWARD WINNING AUTHOR STUART KAMINSKY Someone had murdered a Munchkin. The little man was lying on his back in the middle of the yellow brick road with his startled eyes looking into the overhead lights of an M.G.M. sound stage. He might have looked kind of cute in a tinsel town way if it hadn t been for the knife sticking out of his chest. The year is 1940, and Los Angeles based private eye Toby Peters has been called before the real life Wizard of Oz himself Louis B. Mayer, legendary studio head of Metro Goldwyn Mayer. His job: to track down a murderer stalking the back lots of one of Hollywood’s most powerful movie companies. Peters sets to work, plumbing the depths of a world of dreamers, child stars, and half sized philosophers, helped by none other than Clark Gable, Raymond Chandler, and Judy Garland. It s a treacherous trail of clues that Peters must follow one as winding as the Yellow Brick Road, and deadlier than a field of poppies. But does Toby Peters possess enough brains, heart, and courage to solve this bizarre case before he becomes the latest victim of Hollywood s new Wicked Witch of the West…
? Spade and Marlowe have had plenty of imitators, but I think Stuart Kaminsky has come up with a true heir…
Kaminsky adroitly blends imaginative fiction with real Hollywood characters. St. Louis Post Dispatch Shades of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett. If you think Stuart Kaminsky doesn t have a feeling for the best of both authors, you are in for a surprise. San Diego Union Tribune You can share your thoughts about Stuart Kaminsky’s Murder on the Yellow Brick Road in the new ibooks virtual readers’ group at www. ibooksinc. com.
The papers in this volume focus on two central issues in the philosophy of law, the relationship between law and morality, and crime and punishment. In the essay that gives the title to this volume, it is argued that, although in many legal systems there are in fact significant connections between law and morality, these connections are not conceptually or logically necessary. They depend on various social practices. Ronald Dworkin’s famous attempt to undermine the legal positivist’s separation of law from morality is rejected, and it is argued that Dworkin’s own positive theory of law may indeed be quite compatible with certain versions of legal positivism. Other essays explore the notion of a wicked legal system, the rule of law, and various perspectives on the nature of law. The essays on crime and punishment discuss the theory and practice of punishment. They extend the work done in the author’s earlier book, ‘Crime, Guilt and Punishment’. They reject a purely retributive justification of punishment, in spite of the increasing sophistication in its recent formulations.
PI Toby Peters is as usual down on his luck in World War II era Hollywood, when his strangest case ever suddenly swoops in. It seems that someone is sending the mysterious master of the night, Bela Lugosi, threatening letters and a bat in a box with a stake through its heart. Boris Karloff asks Toby to take the case, and it’s not long before Toby and Bela find themselves tangling with a demonically devoted group of vampire fans called the Dark Knights of Transylvania. Meanwhile, William Faulkner is being acused of killing a literary agent, after the murder weapon was found in his hotel room. Toby suddenly finds himself up to his neck in work. But could the two cases be connected? Figuring that one out could drive him batty, as a trail of clues leads him straight to Bedelia Sue Frye, a vivacious vixen who likes to make love dressed as a vampire!
Someone wants Gary Cooper to make a movie he isn’t interested in making, and whoever it is wants him badly enough to get nasty about it. Cooper takes to the hills, accompanied by a writer named Ernest Hemingway, chased by men with blood in their eyes and murder in their hearts. The problem is that Cooper can’t shoot straight and Hemingway can’t operate without native bearers and an elephant gun. Toby Peters can’t shoot either, but he doesn’t need help much. Just give him a bowl of cereal and time to decide his next move and Toby will get everything straightened out. Now, if he can only keep Lombardi the gangster from making good on his threat to turn him into kosher hot dogs.
As a private detective, Toby Peters has had some pretty impressive clients over the years but none of them has been quite as memorable as his latest: A tough as nails, sharp witted, damsel in distress named Mae West. Mae, it seems, has discovered that her only copy of her sizzling autobiography is missing. And when Peters’ brother, Phil, is forced to ask for his help, the private eye agreed to track it down. But after taking a beating from a man named Tessner a thief, a master of disguise and, even more dangerous, a frustratced actor Peter rcalises that his job is just beginning. Following the trail of Mae’s scandalous memoirs soon leads Peters into the midst of a family feud of Herculean proportions and a California sanitorium, from which he must make a daring escape worthy of Ressner himself…
Convinced that her famous Scottish terrier, Fala, has been kidnapped and replaced with an inferior pooch, Eleanor Roosevelt asks L.A. private eye Toby Peters to find the real Fala. NYT.
Hollywood gumshoe Toby Peters is charged, along with FBI agents Spade and Archer, with the dangerous duty of protecting the lives of both Albert Einstein and Paul Robeson from scheming Nazis.
When he becomes the prime suspect in the shooting death of a Peter Lorre imitator, 1940s P.I. Toby Peters is determined to find the true killer, before the real Peter Lorre becomes a victim.
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Tie into this month’s Toby Peters mystery hardcover, The Devil Met a Lady, with his 16th adventure. Surrealist painter Salvador Dali enlists Toby’s help in retrieving three stolen paintings from thieves Dali hired as a publicity stunt.
This is the Audiobook CASSETTE Library Edition in vinyl case. ”I’m here,” came a familiar voice. I turned…
and found myself looking at Bette Davis no more than a half a dozen feet in front of me. She strode forward around two couples and stood in front of me with a smile that could kill. The orchestra had picked up the theme and it was hard to hear her as she said, ”Why are you following me?” Why has the fabulous Bette Davis, the best known face in the world behind Roosevelt and Hitler, been kidnapped not once, not twice, but three times? What in the world does this star abduction have to do with Third Reich designs on America’s plans for a top secret superbomber? And who better than Hollywood private eye Toby Peters to plunge into this hair raising adventure in pursuit of the answers? Spending about a third of his waking time on the phone and another third on his back usually in hospitals, Peters penetrates a hapless spy ring composed of fourth rate Tinseltown tough guys. He delves far too deeply for his own good into the bedroom peccadillos of America’s glitter set. And, as bodies stack up around him, he sets off to the rescue of a movie goddess. But who’ll protect Toby Peters from the divine Miss Davis?
Fred Astaire hires Toby Peters to help him get rid of an incredibly untalented dance student, whose tutelage he has been forced to undertake by her threatening mafioso boyfriend. K. PW.
W. C. Fields hires private eye Toby Peters to nab the culprit who is robbing him one bank account at a time, but while on the thief’s trail, the two find out there is another bad guy who does not want the money, but rather wants both of them dead.
With a hilarious new Hollywood thriller and in the hire of the urbane, amusing screen star Cary Grant, private investigator Toby Peters continues a madcap career that has cast him as sleuth to such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, Mae West, and Charlie Chaplin. Like many a movie mystery, this one begins in the middle of the night, when Toby, trying to deliver a package at Grant’s behest, finds himself with a corpse on his hands, a lump on his head, and an odd message from a dying man. Now in pursuit of a murderer, Toby and Grant, who proves to be no less acrobatic than he is resourceful, follow a trail of clues that leads them eventually to a den of Nazi sympathizers and finally to a nighttime confrontation on a mountaintop with a very determined and formidably well armed killer. As always, Toby can count on the aid of his friends: the unsanitary dentist Shelly Minck, with whom Toby shares an office; the huge wrestler turned poet Jerry Butler; the suave Swiss little person Gunther Whertman, who has mastered as many languages as he has skills; and Mrs. Irene Plaut, Toby s daffy but dogged landlady. As always, too, all four lend Toby their loyalty and support, although they are more likely to add to the chaos. Kaminsky has such a good time writing, and he so loves the period, that the reader is swept along willy nilly. New York Times Book Review Makes the totally wacky possible…
. Peters is an unblemished delight. Washington Post
Illusion gets more deadly than reality on Toby Peters’s twenty fourth outing from Edgar winning author Stuart M. Kaminsky. A string of star studded successes most recently with Cary Grant in To Catch a Spy and an edgy Joan Crawford in Mildred Pierced has won Tinseltown detective Toby Peters a bit of local celebrity, and that s something his new client, Harry Blackstone, understands. At the Pantages Theater in Los Angeles, Blackstone is billed as the World s Greatest Living Magician. Of course, should the giant buzz saw in the climax to Blackstone s act cut the beautiful young woman in fact in half, his sterling reputation would be ruined. And someone among the Los Angeles Friends of Magic is decidedly intent upon ruining it whatever the price, including the life of Toby s prime suspect. Unfortunately, with the corpse count mounting, the evidence is pointing increasingly to Toby s client as the man behind the murders. As always, adding to the wackiness of Toby s investigation are the ungentle dentist Sheldon Minck, wrestler poet Jeremy Butler, the suave, small statured Swiss multilingualist Gunter Wherthman, and daffy Mrs. Plaut. But to solve the case, Toby finds he needs someone else the dashing star of the movie A Thousand and One Nights, Cornel Wilde.
THE VICTIMSAn unscrupulous cab driver. The killer’s own frightened wife. Most troublesome of all, an outspoken dissident, watched closely by the KGB, whose trial had been set for the very next day. THE WEAPONSA heavy iron headed hammer. A rusty, antiquated sickle. And a broken vodka bottle. THE COPSTkach, who seduces suspects into confessing with his apparent innocence. Karpo, a bit of a Tartar, a bit of a vampire, a stolid saint of the Soviet faith. And Rostnikov, their leader, who almost wishes the investigation won’t turn out to be too simple. Before the case is over, Rostnikov will remember that wish and regret it.’Stuart Kaminsky has created a sympathetic and engaging hero…
.’ The Cincinnati Post
The Moscow Film Festival may lack Cannes’ boats, bikinis, and gentle breezes, but it has nevertheless attracted scores of international actors, directors, and deal makers. For some, the festival represents Moscow’s re emergence as a world class city. But for a gang of zealots headed by a beautiful brunette, the festival represents a target, and they have been attacking the ‘film people’ with frightening efficiency. Desperate to avoid embarrassment, the Kremlin is trying to cover up the killings. And desperate to stop the killers, the KGB has put Inspector Rostnikov on the case. With his Jewish wife and his suspect taste for American crime novels, Rostnikov is hardly the KGB’s favorite cop. But he’s their best hope to catch the woman with brown hair, complicated motives, and a really big bomb.
The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless candlestick send Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov on a hunt into the past…
A ring of car thieves with a taste for expensive vehicles is at large in Moscow’s streets…
High above the gray city, a sniper is taking aim at police officers, and the obsessed detective Emil Karpo takes the assignment to heart…
‘Kaminsky works up plenty of sweaty palmed suspense of the best sort, built out of equal parts of likeable characters and believable dangers.’Washington Post Book World
One Dead CommissarAt an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances. The high ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate: he is murdered by an icicle thrust into his skull. One Live CopInspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to solve the Commissar’s murder, with one caveat: he is not to investigate the girl’s death. Even if all the clues tell him that the two cases are linked. One Cold KillerIn a single, fateful day, Rostnikov will hear two confessions, watch someone die, conspire against the government, and nearly meet his own death. All under the watchful eye of the KGB and someone much closer and infinitely more terrifying.’As always, Kaminsky provides a colorful, tightly written mystery he doesn’t waste a word filled with twists, countertwists and a surprise ending that is plausible and clever.’Chicago Tribune
Moscow’s top cops are on the case as multiple murders sweep the city. There’s Rostnikov, once a hero in the great war against Hitler, recently demoted after clashing with the KGB. There’s young Sasha, who looks more like a kid than a cop. And there’s Karpo, intelligent and determined, feared by criminals. Together, they would track down the killers but what if their search led into forbidden areas, into the Kremlin itself?
The seventh Inspector Rostnikov novel. Rostnikov never goes on vacation, so why has he agreed to take a holiday in Yalta? Perhaps because he has no choice. He’s ordered to go and the rumour is he will be demoted while he is away from Moscow.
Unwilling to accept the convictions of Castro’s police, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov travels to Cuba to investigate the alleged killing of a Cuban national by a former Russian advisor. By the Edgar Award winning author of A Cold Red Sunrise.
‘Rostnikov is quite simply the best cop to come out of the Soviet Union since Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko in Gorky Park.’ San Francisco ExaminerCrime in post communist Russia has only gotten worse: rubles are scarce, blood, plentiful. In the eyes of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov and his metropolitan police team, new found democracy has unleashed the desperation that pushes people over the edge, and has emboldened those already on the path to hell.A trio of nasty cases confirms their worst fears. Deputy Inspector Sasha Tkach must find the murderous thieves who have terrorized an impoverished neighborhood. His blood stained quarry turns out to be a gang of brothers, aged seven, nine, and eleven years old. Policewoman Elena Timofeyeva joins the tax police in a raid on a house filled with Czarist treasures, worth billions of rubles. The next day every last relic and work of art has disappeared without a trace. And relentless Inspector Emil Karpo will not rest until he finds the Mafia beasts who killed the only woman he has ever loved in a bloody drive by shooting Karpo intends to punish them his way. Playing by the shadowy rules of their superiors, and playing against time and the odds, Rostnikov and company have their hands full upholding the law and holding onto something they can believe in in a country wracked by political change and its powerful consequences.
‘Rostnikov is quite simply the best cop to come out of the Soviet Union since Martin Cruz Smith’s Arkady Renko in Gorky Park.’ San Francisco ExaminerIn the topsy turvy world of post communist Russia, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov’s work is never done. Three congregants from a local synagogue, gunned down in the night, are the latest victims in the seemingly systematic execution of Jews in Moscow. But the shocking identity of one of the murdered men leads Rostnikov to suspect that, rather than simple intolerance, a more calculated motive lies behind the slaughter. Meanwhile, the city’s women are under siege by The Shy One a knife wielding rapist who strikes without being seen. And as the last vestiges of order spin wildly out of control, a rabid antinuclear crusader plans to send a message to the New Russia via an ‘explosive’ special delivery. It’s up to Rostnikov and his fellow cops to stop the madness before it stops Russia for good…
.’Stuart Kaminsky’s Rostnikov novels are among the best mysteries being written.’ The San Diego Union
Moscow Police Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov returns in another book in the Edgar Award winning series this time putting himself in league with members of the Russian Mafia, who feel that the murders of two of their own are related to new gang wars.
Rostnikov arrives inside the Petrovka headquarters only to find three very peculiar investigations waiting for him. First theres cosmonaut Tsimion Vladovka, then theres filmmaker Yuri Kriskov, whos fearing for his life after a lunatic stole his documentary on Tolstoy. And finally, theres the scientist who was murdered while researching psychic phenomena during dream states.
Inside the Moscow Police Department, madness regins. Inspectors Karpo and Zelach enter the underground world of post punk rock clubs searching for clues to the disappearance of an anti Semitic rock star who happens to be the son of one of Moscow’s most powerful Jewish citizens. Then there is the young woman, dubbed the Phantom of the Underground by the media, who is randomly stabbing well dressed men in the Moscow Metro. And Chief Inspector Rostnikov is en route to Vladivostok in a first class carriage on the Trans Siberian Express the greatest train in the world. It now carries two hand picked officials of the Moscow Police…
and an extortionist who may have information that could bring down the entire Russian government.
After a very long absence, Forge is delighted to be bringing back one of Edgar award winning Stuart Kaminsky’s best loved characters, Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov. Rostnikov is a Russian bear of a man, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post Soviet Union Russia. Known as The Washtub, Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing that is, disintegrating Russia. Surviving pogroms and politburos, he has solved crimes, mostly in spite of the powers that be that rule his world. In People Who Walk in Darkness, Rostnikov travels to Siberia to investigate a murder at a diamond mine, where he discovers an old secret and an even older personal problem. His compatriots head to Kiev on a trail of smuggled diamonds and kidnapped guest workers and what they discover leads them to a vast conspiracy that not only has international repercussions but threatens them on a very personal level. People Who Walk in Darkness is a fast paced novel of modern Russia told by one of mystery s finest storytellers.
A Whisper to the Living continues the adventures some would say trials and tribulations of Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, an honest policeman in a very dishonest post Soviet Union. Rostnikov is one of the most engaging and relevant characters in crime fiction, a sharp and caring policeman as well as the perfect tour guide to a changing Russia. Rostnikov and his team are searching for a serial killer who has claimed at least 40 victims. And then there is the problem of protecting a visiting British journalist who is working on a story about a Moscow prostitution ring and in doing so Rostnikov and his team uncover a chain of murders that lead to a source too high to be held accountable if the police want to keep their jobsOr their lives.
Sixty year old Chicago police detective Abe Lieberman is having all the troubles he can handle when Estralda Valdez, a stunning Mexican prostitute, comes to him with a proposition he can’t refuse: Estralda will help him with valuable information if he’ll get a john off her back. But Lieberman’s good intentions pave the way for a brutal murder. A murder that will lead Lieberman into the darkest depths of Chicago crime and corruption, and into the kind of trouble that could get him killed…
Pushed to the breaking point by the sleaziness of Chicago’s back alleys and side streets, Bernie Shepard, an honest cop, kills his wife and fellow officer and barricades himself in a concrete blockade on top of a high rise.
In this fourth book of the Abe Lieberman Mystery series, the Chicago police detective finds he must catch a thief to nab a killer. George ‘Pitty Pitty’ Patnik was a thief who thought he had everything planned for a nice, clean in and out burglary. But that was before he heard the screams and saw the blood. Before the long knife came down again and again. Before the murderer realized he had an audience. Now Pitty Pitty is on the run from the clever Lieberman who has figured it all out, from the murderer, and from the awful memories of what he’s seen.
Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never has it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting little too close to home. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have more sinister plans in mind. Finding the culprit opens a window on the broiling ethnic tensions on Chicago’s North Side, and what’s happening in Abe’s family life does nothing to turn down the heat. If he and his partner, Hanrahan, can locate the vandals who have targeted the city’s Jews, they may be able to put a stop to some of the madness before violence enters the picture.
Abe Lieberman is a strong, sympathetic character, an Everyman whose love for his family is only matched by his quiet, zealous commitment to justice: ‘A figure out of Talmudic lore endearing, wise in his crotchets, weary with his wisdom.’ says The Washington Post. He loves what he does and it takes its toll as his commitment to what is right is sorely tested every day on the mean streets of Chicago. As a moral man, he is sometimes faced with some uncomfortable ethical choices in order to see that justice rather than the letter of the law is metered out. The Big Silence takes Lieberman and his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahan the Rabbi and the Priest, as they are known on the streets on a journey that will test their consciences to the limit. When the young son of an informant in a governmental witness protection program is kidnapped and a grisly death occurs, they will have to make some hard choices to make things right. Told with compassion and with the keen insight into the human psyche, The Big Silence is gritty, compelling…
An Abe Lieberman mysteryAbe Lieberman is a strong, sympathetic character, an Everyman whose love for his family is only matched by his quiet, zealous commitment to justice. ‘A figure out of Talmudic lore endearing, wise in his crotchets, weary with his wisdom,’ says The Washington Post. He loves what he does, but it takes its toll as his commitment to what is right is sorely tested every day on the mean streets of Chicago. As a moral man, he is sometimes faced with some uncomfortable ethical choices in order to see that justice rather than the letter of the law is meted out. And in Not Quite Kosher, the latest Abe Lieberman mystery by veteran Edgar Award winning Stuart Kaminsky, our hangdog sleuth is up to his eyeballs in tsurris, the kind of trouble that will drive a man to madness. From tracking a pair of low rent thieves who stumble into a heist way over their heads to finding out what happened to a man who predicted his own death in a bizarre twist of fate, not to mention planning for a grandson’s bar mitzvah that threatens to send him to the poorhouse, Lieberman will do much to find a way to make everything right, even if it takes years off his life. And his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahn, the Priest to Lieberman’s Rabbi, is in trouble of his own making. For the woman he loves is the object of affection of one of the kingpins of the Asian crime syndicate in Chicago and the notion of this woman marrying anyone from a different culture is anathema. How far will he go to win the woman he loves? And at what cost?Just another day in the lives of a pair of Chicago’s most amiably odd detective team…
Abe Lieberman is a veteran Chicago detective who prefers to use his head and heart more than his gun. He and his Irish partner, Bill Hanrahan, are known on the streets as the Rabbi and thePriest and their commitment to justice is sorely tested everyday. The extradition of a mob enforcer goes horribly awry when he is gunned down at the airport…
while Lieberman is escorting him. A police officer’s wife is raped and Lieberman and Hanrahan have to find the perp before the hearbroken, furious cop settles the matter himself. Lieberman and Hanrahan struggle with one vital question: which is better, to be a Just man or to be the instrument of the Law?And if that’s not enough angst, somewhere in all this Lieberman has to plan a bar mitzvah that will surely bankrupt him…
Carl Zwick is an aging Chicago Cubs baseball player. Sometimes he feels like he’s spent his life hitting into double plays, but he’s finally gotten onto the right track. Then tragedy strikes him out. Anita Mills is a pretty single black mother just trying to get by. A random act of brutality in one of Chicago’s rougher neighborhoods permanently ends her struggle. Richard Allen Smith walks the streets of ChiTown saying God has sent him. He has an unusual, rather nasty way of getting converts to see the light. What do these people have in common? Nothing, it would seem, except they are all part of Detective Abe Lieberman’s very long day. Lieberman, a sad, baggy eyed spaniel of a man with the patience of Job and the wisdom of Solomon is trying his best to make his beloved Chicago a better place. But when Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, encounter these three very different situations they find that there are ties that bind and ties that can cut a man’s heart out. Abe Lieberman faces a Gordian knot that he must somehow untangle and if he makes a mistake, someone very near to him could die.
The Dead Don’t Lie is the latest in Edgar Award winner and MWA’s Grand Master Stuart Kaminsky’s Abe Lieberman mystery series. Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, are hell or heaven bent on making the mean streets of Chicago just a little safer. As usual they have their hands full. Three prominent members of the Turkish community are all brutally murdered and Lieberman must find out what, if anything, ties these murders together. It doesn’t help that the key to the puzzle might be an event that took place over a century ago. Bill Hanrahan finds himself assigned to a case where a hospitalized chef claims to have been beaten by two people and shot by a third, a bespectacled Chinese man. As Bill digs deeper he finds himself at odds with an old nemesis, a man who has an unusual affinity for Bill’s wife.
Both Lieberman and Hanrahan struggle to do the right thing even if it means bending the letter, not the spirit, of the law.
Detective Mac Taylor is a dedicated and driven crime scene investigator who believes that everything is connected and everyone has a story. He and his partner, Detective Stella Bonasera, lead a team of experts through the gritty and kinetic world of New York City. These skilled investigators, who see New York in a unique light, follow the evidence as they piece together clues and eliminate doubt to ultimately crack their cases. The body of a middle aged man is found in the elevator of a ritzy doorman building on the Upper East Side. Mac Taylor and Aiden Burn’s initial investigation yields no bullets, no DNA evidence, and no motive. Could this be the perfect crime? Meanwhile, only a few blocks away, Stella Bonasera and Danny Messer investigate the murder of a witness being held in protective custody. The law enforcement officers on duty swear that the victim spent the night in a locked hotel room only to be found dead in the morning. From the heart of midtown to the outer boroughs, the New York CSI team must piece together the evidence and solve two puzzling crimes in the city that never sleeps.
Detective Mac Taylor is a dedicated crime scene investigator who believes that everything is connected and everyone has a story. He and Detective Stella Bonasera lead a team of crack forensic experts through the gritty and kinetic world of New York City as they piece together clues and eliminate doubt to ultimately crack their cases. A modest home in a suburban Queens neighborhood is the unlikely site of a grisly crime scene: a married couple and their daughter are found brutally murdered. Missing from the scene is the couple’s young son, and Mac Taylor and Danny Messer soon uncover signs of a possible kidnapping. Can they find him before it’s too late? In a heavily Orthodox Jewish neighborhood in Brooklyn, the body of a devoutly religious man is found ritually displayed on the floor of his synagogue. Stella Bonasera and Aiden Burn initially suspect a fringe fundamentalist group that has had run ins with the victim’s congregation, but the group is led by a charismatic and antagonistic man who does everything he can to stonewall the team’s investigation. Two very different crimes, with one thing in common: CSI investigators who won’t stop until they uncover the truth.
Days and nights of heavy spring rain threaten to cripple New York City. Neighborhoods are experiencing periodic blackouts. People have been reported electrocuted by fallen power lines. Flooding of some subway lines has stopped trains in their tracks. And in the midst of the Deluge, the CSI team has three cases to solve. Mac Taylor and Don Flack are on the trail of the perpetrator of a string of grisly murders with one thing in common: initials carved into the victims’ bodies. When an unusual connection is found between the victims’ lives, Mac realizes the killer isn’t finished not by a long shot. Lindsay Monroe and Danny Messer investigate the death of a teacher at an exclusive Manhattan private school. The victim seems like everyone’s favorite teacher on the surface but they soon uncover a darker secret lurking beneath. Stella Bonasera and Sheldon Hawkes are on site at a suspicious building collapse when shifting rubble traps Hawkes in a deep pit with a mysterious stranger. Tensions rise as their oxygen starts to run out…
. The intrepid members of New York’s crack forensic team must race against time and the elements to bring three very different criminals to justice.
Detectives Mac Taylor, Danny Messer, Sheldon Hawkes, and Don Flack are called in to investigate a double homicide at a medium security facility on Staten Island. Racial tensions turned the prison into a pressure cooker that finally boiled over in an all too lethal fashion, leaving two inmates dead. One of the killings is an open and shut case, complete with eyewitnesses; but the other, the murder of a former cop, defies easy answers. Initial investigation of the crime scene points to one cause of death, but the CSI team’s scientific methods uncover something completely different and wholly unexpected…
. On the other edge of the city, Stella Bonasera and Lindsay Monroe look into the murder of a young woman who worked at a popular Italian bakery in the Bronx. They find the perfect suspect almost immediately: a frequent customer who spent a lot of time flirting with the victim and who previously had been arrested for a violent crime. Yet Stella can’t help but think that their perfect suspect is just a little too perfect for such a messy murder…
. Nothing is as it seems as New York City’s dedicated crime scene investigators piece together the clues and examine the evidence to discover the true killers in their midst.
Kolchak the Night Stalker: Fever Pitch: Moonstone’s first all original Kolchak story! Guts Mayhem KOLCHAK! For three nights straight, some poor innocent spontaneously combusts in front of a horrified witness. Like chain links, the previous night’s witness is the following evening’s victim. But who’s behind these deaths? The Wolfman? An Anaconda? A Giant Spider? According to police reports, these three monsters were spotted at the scene. Kolchak, hot with the flu, makes a little report of his own that adds up to some life saving advice NEVER TURN YOUR BACK ON FEAR! Written by award winning mystery novelist Stuart M. Kaminisky!
This volume contains 4 stories of TV’s first paranormal investigator Carl Kolchak! Thrill again to the story of a vampire in Las Vegas, based on the TV movie that still has one of the highest ratings of all time! This story was adapted from the screen by Kolchak’s creator, writer Jeff Rice. Then, experience the terror of a small mining town that has unexplained murders. Adapted from an unfilmed episode of the TV show. Third, get the chills from horror/mystery novelist extraordinaire Stuart Kaminsky’s original Kolchak tale of experiencing your worst fears! Last, but not least, there is an all new Kolchak tale from X Files scribe Stefan Petrucha!
For the first time ever, a monster collection of 26 new original Kolchak short fiction stories by noted authors from comics, horror fiction, and film! With the advent of the new Kolchak ABC TV show, Moonstone proudly announces new contemporary prose adventures of the original Kolchak, TV’s first and foremost paranormal investigator! Plus all kinds of other cool stuff, like tales from Kolchak’s untold past, monster huntings, noir thrillers, and even horror stories of more cerebral type!
Three years ago Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State Attourney’s Office in Cook County, Illinois, and drove his rattling Toyota south to escape the memories of his beloved late wife. Headed for Key West, the Toyota broke down in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Sarasota, Florida. Buoyed by the friendship of a few trustworthy souls, Lew settled there, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attourneys. Now, Lew is hired by Carl Sebastian, one of Lew’s lawyer’s clients, to find his missing wife. Following up on a few leads, Lew finds himself being trailed by a mysterious burly man, and saddled with another missing person case this time a runaway teen. With the help of some friends, Lew seems to be getting closer and closer to Melanie but will he find her before the unthinkable happens?
Stuart M. Kaminsky, the veteran author of more than forty novels and the creator of such wonderful characters as Abe Lieberman, Toby Peters, and Inpsector Rostnikov, has created a new PI: Lew Fonesca, a world weary guy who got in a car and just started driving after his wife died and wound up in front of a Dairy Queen in Sarasota, Florida.
He now makes his way amid bail jumpers and lost wives, people who want to be found and those who will do anything to stay under their rock. He spends his days solving cases both big and small and trying to get by, while attempting to figure out how to make the rest of his life make sense.
Retribution not only picks up where the first novel in the series, Vengeance, left off, but raises the bar big time. Lew has solved his share of cases, and most of them to his pride have wound up having happy endings; in Vengeance, he saved a young runaway who has had a childhood nobody should ever have, and she finally seems to be turning her life around. But when she becomes involved with a reclusive best selling author and several valuable manuscripts disappear, Lew knows that young Melanie is in way over her head. And if he doesn’t act fast, not only could a few reputations get tarnished the bodies might start piling up.
Lew Fonesca is a guy just trying to get along. When his wife died in a senseless auto wreck, he got up and left his old life and when his car gave out in sunny Sarasota, Florida, he stayed. He takes small process serving gigs and various odd jobs helping people out, and he tries, although maybe not as hard as he should, to fix the gaping hole in his heart. But for a man who just wants to ease through life without any complications, Lew has a pretty full plate. The shrink that Lew’s been seeing for more than a year wants him to finally dump all the grief that he’s carrying around so he can have more than a half life. And Sally, the pretty single mom and social worker who has helped Lew in the past, wants to deepen their friendship. On top of that, a local minister asks him to find a town council member who has gone missing just before a crucial vote that could ruin a struggling community, and a distraught father comes to Lew to track down his wife and two kids, whom Lew suspects ran off with the man’s best friend. When people start showing up dead, Lew knows he’s in way over his head and this time he may not be able make it all come out okay.
Lew Fonesca is a man who does things for people. He makes small problems go away and tries to keep the larger ones from landing his clients in jail. He finds deadbeats, errant spouses, and generally keeps the populace of Sarasota on the up and up. Now Lew is faced with one case that will try his patience…
and another that may break his heart. The first involves an elderly woman who swears she’s witnessed a murder in her old age home despite the fact that everyone she tells her story to: her family, the hospital staff, and finally the cops all tell her that it just couldn’t have happened. The other has Lew trying to find out the identity of a hit and run driver who killed a 14 year old boy. This task dredges up old memories and a lot of pain, for Lew fled Chicago years ago, after a drunk driver killed his beloved wife. As Lew begins to dig deeper into both cases he finds that they are tied together in ways he can’t hope to untangle. And when someone tries to run him down, Lew knows that he’s getting close to some nasty home truths and he is going to have get the answers if he is to survive.
Four years ago Lew Fonesca’s wife was struck and killed in a hit and run within sight of their apartment. He fled Chicago, driving mindlessly until his car gave up the ghost in Sarasota, FL. Working from a cheap office behind the Dairy Queen on Highway 301, he makes a threadbare living as a process server and savors his clinical depression like a fine wine.
Life s a sneaky mistress, though, and has a way of suckering you into caring. Lew s found that he s really good at helping people get out of bad situations. That he matters. And Lew s therapist, who alternately acts as his conscience and his sparring partner, tells him that unless he s willing to leave the planet, it s about time that he goes back to Chicago and closes the door to the past so that he can finally get on with the rest of his life. Lew hates to admit it, but he s beginning to see her point.
So Lew returns to his home town, to friends and family and to a grief that threatens to engulf him. He s resolved to dig until he finds out who killed his wife. In doing so, he ll uncover both sweet and painful memories of his past. He ll also confront a murderer who ll not hesitate to kill again to make sure hidden secrets stay buried.
Lovable everyman Lew Fonesca, the Man Who Makes Things Work in Sarasota, is once again faced with cases that try his patience and test his sanity. A local curmudgeon who has been campaigning to end state sponsored school funding is brutally killed. A recent graduate of a public high school for the gifted is arrested for the crime and turns to Lew for help.A semi retired and much beloved singer of children’s songs is being anonymously pushed to leave Sarasota, threatened with exposure as a sexual predator. It is up to Lew to uncover the blackmailer and determine whether there is any truth to the accusation. Lew has decided that life is worth more than just going through the motions. But will the good life that Lew so richly deserves elude him as he uncovers some very sad truths? His final choice do the right thing and see his happiness evaporate…
or betray a trust and stay happy
Rockford is looking forward to a quiet day of lazing around the beach and evading the debt collectors. Last month’s bills were covered by a generous fee from a wealthy client for finding an antique green bottle, and an eccentric old lady with a sob story about a lost cat is handing him a big check to cover his expenses for next month. But Rockford’s luck may run out when he is visited by the Pulp Fiction look alikes who want to rearrange his anatomy. And then he’s going to find out that the case of The Green Bottle wasn’t quite as simple as it looked.
Jim Rockford is in one hell of a mess the credit companies are after his stuff, his buddy Angel has cooked up another scheme that is a sure thing sure enough to get them both killed, and he’s way behind on everything. When a beautiful young girl shows up at his door claiming to be the daughter of an old flame, he’s dubious. When she claims that she’s his daughter, all the bells go off. She’s on the run, sacred, and tell Jim that she thinks someone has killed her mother…
and that someone is her stepfather. Whatever the outcome, Jim will do what it takes to find the truth, no matter how painful it may be. And he’ll even try not get killed in the process.
The phone kept ringing and ringing the night that Jean Kaiser, then a child of ten, discovered her parents murdered in their bed. Now, twenty five years later, the phone is ringing again in this taut novel of suspense. And Jean, who has since become a Chicago radio talk show host and has a daughter of her own, is being stalked by a man she knows only by a slow, sinister voice on the telephone.
Edgar award winner and past President of the Mystery Writers of America Stuart Kaminsky brings mystery fans into the living rooms, offices, and gardens of his talented friends and fellow writers in this tribute to the mystery genre. Professional photographer Laurie Roberts captures the writers, their families, homes, and pets while Kaminsky probes into their personal lives and writing to go ‘behind the mystery’ to meet the writer. Many of the best are included: Sue Grafton, Elmore Leonard, Donald Westlake, Jonathan and Faye Kellerman, Martin Cruz Smith, Robert B. Parker, Lisa Scottoline, James Lee Burke, Tony Hillerman, Ann Rule, Mickey Spillane, Michael Connelly, Evan Hunter, Sara Paretsky, Joseph Wambaugh, Lawrence Block, and John Jakes.
Mystery Drama / Stuart Kaminsky / 7m one teen, 2f / Unit Set Winner of the 2008 Angie Award for Playwrighting! The Edgar Prize winning author Kaminsky tells the tale of one of literature’s most famous detectives: Sherlock Holmes. In a witty, imaginative story filled with twists and unexpected surprises, Detective Holmes unravels a murder only to find himself the unwilling target of the killer at large. Along with the aid of his loyal and inquisitive companion, Dr. Watson, Sherlock Holmes uses his masterful power of deduction to make a nebulous situation seem simply elementary. The Final Toast is an exciting new take on the classic characters of fiction we know and love, and its ending will please even the most savvy mystery connoisseurs. The Final Toast had its world premier at the 2008 International Mystery Writer’s Festival.
Murder Mystery / 5m, 2f 2008 Mystery Writer’s of America Edgar Award nominee for Best Play. After robbing a savings and loan, Brian takes refuge in a down and out used book store run by Maddy and Betty. The book store s principal customer is Christopher, who steals Books his brother pays for at the end of each week. A suspicious cop has the shop surrounded. Roger, a public defender, enters in a clown costume. It s his day off and he is moonlighting. After bullets fly during a comic siege, Brian turns himself in to Claudia, a no nonsense assistant district attorney, but first he hides some of the money he has stolen. Brian s partner Eddie is under Claudia s thumb and ordered to remain mute. Late that night, Brian, Maddy, Betty, Christopher and Roger converge on the book store to retrieve the stolen money. Brian has made a deal to return the stolen money. However everyone decides to kill Brian and share the money. In confusion, Betty is shot by Maddy, Brian decides to turn himself in, but first he lets the women keep some of the money.
Drawing on the talents of many of Florida’s notable writers, Stuart Kaminsky offers an enticing selection of Florida mysteries. Follow professional investigators and amateur sleuths alike as they patiently uncover one clue at a time to finally reveal the identity of a killer or the answer to a riddle.
The Mystery Writers of America take center stage…
with twenty tales of mayhem in the entertainment world. Contributors include: Carolyn Wheat Edward D. Hoch Annette Meyers John Lutz Elaine Viets Angela Zeman David Bart Bob Shayne Mark Terry Gary Phillips Parnell Hall Susanne Shaphren Libby Fischer Hellman Stuart M. Kaminsky and others
Twenty contemporary writers commemorate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe with chilling stories inspired by the master himself.
Nearly two centuries after they were penned, Edgar Allan Poe’s macabre tales are still working their eerie magic on readers of every stripe thrill seekers, filmmakers, even fellow writers of suspense. Collected here to honor and celebrate Poe’s genius are original stories by some of the best mystery writers at work today.
A son attempts to connect with his dying father in Thomas H. Cook’s ‘Nevermore.’ John Lutz’s ‘Poe, Poe, Poe’ combines elements from several of Poe’s stories in a twisted tale of madness and mayhem. ‘Poe, Jo, and I,’ by Don Winslow, examines the curious bond literature can form between the most unlikely of friends. And in Jon L. Breen’s ‘William Allan Wilson,’ getting even has never felt so good.
With contributions by Mary Higgins Clark, Jeremiah Healy, Peter Lovesey, P. J. Parrish, Daniel Stashower, and Angela Zeman, among others, On a Raven’s Wing is a fitting tribute to the one and only Edgar Allan Poe.
The Mystery Writers of America, founded in 1945, is the foremost organization for mystery writers and other professionals dedicated to the field of crime writing.
Don’t miss In the Shadow of the Master, a new collection of Poe’s stories, edited by Michael Connelly and featuring essays from Stephen King, Sue Grafton, and others.