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Sunday, June 12, 2011

Now You See It, by Stuart Kaminsky


Now You See It
By Stuart Kaminsky

2004

By Wikipedia's count, Kaminsky wrote 24 Toby Peters mysteries. They're apparently set mostly in Los Angeles in the Forties and each one includes one or more real-life celebs of the day. The first one I read (Catch A Falling Clown) took place in a circus and "starred" Emmett Kelly. This one takes stage magic as its theme and the great magician Harry Blackstone is the focal point.

I've never been much of a fan of the hardboiled stuff but that’s okay since Toby Peters is not quite a hardboiled detective. Close call, but he's just too much of a hapless schlub to really pull it off. Lending assistance in solving the three murders that take place in this book are the usual colorful cast of characters - Toby's hot-tempered, ex-cop brother; a wrestler with a penchant for poetry; a dopey dentist with visions of grandeur; and an erudite and cultured "little person."

Good stuff.

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