Buried Caesars by Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Toby joins forces with a famous PI to save a general from embarrassment

The uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese. But though he may be all-powerful in the South Pacific, today he is in Los Angeles with a problem only a detective can solve. The general has an eye on a post-war promotion to the White House, and an aide has stolen his war chest, his donor list, and a handful of embarrassing private letters. To get them back, Toby may need some help. Lucky for him, he’s just met Dashiell Hammett, one of the finest crime novelists of all time. Dodging his mistress while he’s waiting to rejoin the army, Dash needs amusement and thinks Toby’s case sounds like a lark. In fact, the assignment proves dangerous. Toby may not be a soldier, but he’s finally gotten a chance to die at a general’s whim.

About Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels. The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect. His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988). Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934 and died in 2009.
Published February 28, 2012 by MysteriousPress.com/Open Road. 256 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Yet another 1940's episode for Hollywood shamus Toby Peters—with dandy wartime atmosphere, sporadic charm, silly-putty plotting, and (as always) celebrity guest-stars from the period.

Apr 11 1989 | Read Full Review of Buried Caesars

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This 13th entry in Kaminsky’s breezy, entertaining series featuring 1940s private eye Toby Peters finds the engaging Southern California sleuth in the company of real-life celebrities and fictional sc

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