To Catch a Spy

To Catch a Spy

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Hollywood gumshoe Toby Peters - who has played sleuth to such movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, Bette Davis, Mae West and Charlie Chaplin - now finds himself working for Cary Grant. The assignment seems simple enough - Grant merely wants Toby to deliver a package and pick up an envelope at Elysian Park in the middle of the night. But at the critical moment of the exchange, a shot rings out and Toby finds himself with a corpse on his hands, a lump on his head, grass in his mouth and a dying man's words - the name George Hall - on his mind. Now in pursuit of a murderer, Toby and Cary Grant follow a trail of clues that leads them to a second dead body, a nest of Nazi sympathisers, and finally to a nighttime confrontation with a determined and well-armed killer on the grounds of an estate at the edge of Laurel Canyon. As always, Toby can count on the aid of his friends: a melancholy dentist; a huge wrestler-turned-poet; a suave, multilingual, Swiss little person; and Mrs Irene Plaut, Toby's daffy but dogged landlady. All four lend Toby their dubious talents in a riotous plot that brings the hapless private eye and unflappable Cary Grant to a genuinely cliffhanging more

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  • Paperback | 240 pages
  • 152 x 230 x 24mm | 358.34g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752856014
  • 9780752856018

About Stuart M. Kaminsky

Stuart Kaminsky is the prolific, award-winning author of more than seventy novels, including ongoing series featuring Russian policeman Porfiry Rostnikov, Chicago cop Abe Liberman, Hollywood sleuth Toby Peters, and Jim Rockford of TV's Rockford Files. He lives in more

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'Kaminsky's Toby Peters series, in which the ne'er do well detective interacts with the Hollywood of the late 1930s and 40s, is full of entertaining profiles and snappy patter. The period settings are reflected accurately, and the regular characters tend to reinforce Toby's own comic malaise... it's the kind of series which breeds affectionate fans, of which I am decidely one.' -- MICHAEL CARLSON CRIME TIME 'A chaotic romp with plenty of gunfire and assorted mayhem, but it is the humour that makes this series so attractive - you can feel that the author enjoys every word he writes.' TANGLED WEBshow more