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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (180 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Stuart M. Kaminsky Narrator: Christopher Lane Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Toby Peters Mysteries Release Date: May 2011 ISBN: 9781455171088
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Toby Peters looked at the glossy photograph. Yes, that was Errol Flynn in the picture. And, yes, there was a girl with him...a very young girl. They were both birthday naked, and seemed to be enjoying themselves. No wonder Flynn and Warner Brothers were nervous.

Toby found the picture where he was supposed to find it. He wasn’t planning to get hit on the head, though, or to find a corpse when he awoke. The first in a series of corpses, scattered all over Hollywood.

The trail Toby follows in order to clear Flynn—and himself—takes him throughout the film colony and, finally, onto the set of The Maltese Falcon, where Bogie, Lorre, and Greenstreet find themselves playing roles that weren’t rehearsed—but whose execution must be picture perfect.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Lane’s portrayal of Peters is picture perfect. His gruff, matter-of-fact voice characterizes the hard-boiled investigator very well. Lane’s pace is fast-moving, keeping up with the action and suspenseful climax of the story.”

    AudioFile

  • “Christopher Lane gives a fine reading of this adult tale. Highly recommended for mystery collections.” 

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 1/2/2014

    " It's a sylish mystery, breezy, full of name-dropping and authentic setting touches, but for me it was just meh. A cute enough way to pass the time, but not outstanding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim Nardi | 1/2/2014

    " Was a cute light read. I loved all the old movie stars. Looking forward to the next one. :) "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Daniel Ace | 12/24/2013

    " Not the biggest story but an excellent combination of old Hollywood and gumshoe style. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 12/23/2013

    " I've read one other of Kaminsky's books and really liked it. This one was a nice romp through 1940s Hollywood, plus a fun mystery. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 11/29/2013

    " Listened to - first in the toby peters series. Luckily they got better. But I still love all of the old hollywood cameos and noir/PI stuff. This one even references Maltese Falcon - how very meta! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeffrey Cavanaugh | 12/9/2012

    " Fun and easy to read, but not a masterpiece of the genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cindy | 12/6/2012

    " I had read #2 in the series and enjoyed it, so I went back and read the first one in the series. I didn't miss anything reading them out of order. I'm really enjoying all the "old" Hollywood references. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shawnna | 11/28/2012

    " I liked this lite comedic detective story. I'm in no hurry to read another in the series but will probably come back to this when I want a fast, entertaining read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeanne | 7/28/2012

    " It was a fun read. Admittedly I still love Errol Flynn and he's just as dashing in this book as he was in his movies. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Ruth | 5/11/2012

    " PI Tobey Peters "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe O'c | 2/24/2012

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; first in series; Hollywood detective is working to clear Errol Flynn when a photo showing him with a young naked girl shows up as part of a blackmail scheme. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 9/4/2011

    " Toby Peters w/ Errol Flynn "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Evonne Edgington | 11/29/2010

    " Quick read, kinda fun with the 40s references to aspiring actors. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 11/1/2010

    " Was a cute light read. I loved all the old movie stars. Looking forward to the next one. :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joe | 8/16/2009

    " Very Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; first in series; Hollywood detective is working to clear Errol Flynn when a photo showing him with a young naked girl shows up as part of a blackmail scheme.
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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 4/6/2009

    " Toby Peters w/ Errol Flynn "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Coki | 2/26/2009

    " Listened to - first in the toby peters series. Luckily they got better. But I still love all of the old hollywood cameos and noir/PI stuff. This one even references Maltese Falcon - how very meta! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Felicia | 8/16/2008

    " I've read one other of Kaminsky's books and really liked it. This one was a nice romp through 1940s Hollywood, plus a fun mystery. "

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About the Author
Author Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart Kaminsky (1934–2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema—two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life’s work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life. Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as “the anti-Philip Marlowe.” 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. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.

About the Narrator

Christopher Lane is an award-winning actor, director, and narrator. He is a three-time winner of the prestigious Audie Award for Best Narration and recipient of ten AudioFile Earphones Awards.