Book List in Order: 75 titles

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    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 characte...


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    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 kille...


  • 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 the...


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    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...


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    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 Lieberma...


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    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....


  • Four years ago, Lew Fonesca's wife Catherine was struck and killed in a hit-and-run. Grief-stricken, he fled to Chicago and wound up in Sarasota, Florida where he's made a living as a process server. Four years on, he's still savoring his depression ...


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    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 C...


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    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 ju...






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    The past president of the Mystery Writers of America shares the results of his nationwide interviews with eighteen of the top mystery writers in the country, including Tony Hillerman, Mickey Spillane, Sara Paretsky, Martin Cruz Smith, Sue Grafton, an...


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    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 ...


  • in Show Business Is Murder

    Lights...Camera...Murder! Behind the velvet ropes and closed curtains, buried in the back lots, you'll find the darker side of the spotlight. It's where stars are created overnight, and burn out just cis quickly. Where deals are made to be broken,...


  • 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. ...


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    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 everyd...


  • 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 Pierc...


  • These all-new short stories of movies, music, murder, and mayhem by today's brightest talents will take you from vaudeville to Vegas, and make it chillingly clear that in the world of entertainment, if you want to make it, you may have to step on som...


  • 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 he...


  • That down-at-the-heels gumshoe Toby Peters again proves to be “an unblemished delight,” as the Washington Post Book World put it, while his creator, Stuart M. Kaminsky, continues to “make the totally wacky possible” in a zany new Hollywood ad...







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    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 hi...


  • 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 Brothe...


  • 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 start...


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    Russian inspectors Karpo and Zelach follow leads in the disappearance of an anti-Semitic rock star that lead them into the seedy, post-punk Moscow underground, while Chief Inspector Rostnikov heads for Vladivostok aboard the Trans-Siberian Express to...


  • Toby Peters is an unusual private eye. He's already cracked cases involving Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne and Mae West, and now is gumshoeing for the celebrated screen star Charlie Chaplin. Welcome to Hollywood. Chaplin has cause...


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    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 Was...


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    Moscow Police Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov becomes caught up in three very different cases as he investigates threats against filmmaker Yuri Kriskov, the killing of a scientist investigating psychic phenomena, and the disappearance of cosmonaut Tsimio...


  • in Mothers and Sons

    Released in time for Mother's Day, this collection of twelve true stories of motherhood celebrates the special bond between mother and son in works by Eric Jerome Dickey, Eileen Goudge, Peter Straub, Faye Kellerman, Diana Gabaldon, Lawrence Block, St...


  • in First Cases Volume 3
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    Follow Tony Hillerman's Jim Chee as he investigates rumors of witchcraft in the steamy Southwest. Join Laura Lippman's Tess Monaghan when she looks into a suspicious house fire in Baltimore. Compare the detecting tactics of Maxine O'Callaghan's pione...


  • Drawing on the talents of many of Florida's notable writers, Stuart Kaminsky offers an enticing selection of Florida mystery fare. Follow professional investigators and amateur sleuths alike as they steadfastly and patiently uncover one clue at a tim...







  • 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 i...


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    As Russian mafia members begin to be the targets of a series of murders, Inspector Rostnikov investigates, but two undercover agents are closer to the truth as they try to determine who is behind an illegal dog fighting ring in Moscow...


  • 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 s...


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    "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....


  • 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....


  • 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 s...


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    Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never had it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting a little too close to home. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have...


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    "TERRIFIC . . . EXCEPTIONAL."--Detroit Free PressCrime 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, newfound democracy has unleashed ...


  • In this installment of a 1940s Hollywood detective series, 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. Luna has dem...






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    "OUTSTANDING . . . Another stellar performance, alight with menace and compassion."--Kirkus Reviews (starred review)Career burglar George "Pitty-Pitty" Patniks plots his crimes down to the tiniest detail, so hitting the suburban Chicago home of a wel...


  • Six years after a murder takes place on the set of "Gone With the Wind," 1940s P.I. Toby Peters returns to the scene to investigate the case, a crime in which Hollywood superstar Clark Gable might be the prime suspect...


  • in Master's Choice: Volume II

    An outstanding array of crime fiction by some of today's leading authors is accompanied by short stories from the acclaimed writers who inspired them and features works by Ian Rankin, Joyce Carol Oates, Mary Higgins Clark, Evan Hunter, Edgar Allan Po...


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    When a former Russian advisor stands accused of murdering a female citizen in Cuba, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to the former Soviet Unions one-time ally on a criminal investigation-cum-diplomatic mission. With a watchful KGB agent on h...


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    "Beautifully rendered . . . Kaminsky is extraordinarily attuned to the domestic minutiae of his detectives' lives." The New York Times Book ReviewAging Chicago cop Abe Lieberman's day begins with a predawn phone call: his nephew, David, has been kill...


  • Trying to make the connection between Bette Davis's third kidnapping and the Third Reich's plans regarding an American superbomber, Hollywood private investigator Toby Peters penetrates a hapless Tinseltown spy ring. Reprint....


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    "Kaminsky gets his details exactly right....Tightly plotted...The best mysteries work on multiple levels, and this one is no exception."CHICAGO TRIBUNEDetective Sergeant Abe Lieberman is about to wake up to every policeman's nightmare--an out-of-cont...


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    When Inspector Rostnikov arrives in the town of Arkush with Emil Karpo, the policeman nicknamed the Vampire, he finds a community stunned by the murder of the outspoken Father Merhum. But it is the priest's cryptic last words that make Rostnikov wond...


  • Accompanied by a scholarly dwarf and a wrestler-turned-poet, 1942 Hollywood investigator Toby Peters investigates the disappearance of three of Salvador Dali's paintings from his Carmel, California, retreat...


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    Inspector Rostnikov is vacationing by the seashore, tending to his recuperating wife and reading American crime novels, when a vacationing fellow officer meets with a mysterious demise. Suddenly, Rostnikov is back at work . . . and on the trail of a ...







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    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 h...


  • 1991, mass market paperback reprint edition, Mysterious Press, NY. 179 pages. Toby Peters finds himself in San Francisco in 1942. He immediately also finds trouble in the world of opera. He investigates a new death when a man falls from a high scaffo...


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    With his wife in the hospital, Porfiry Rostnikov tries to protect Moscow from chaos. Porfiry and Sarah Rostnikov have been in love since the end of World War II, growing old together as the Soviet Union lurches towards modernity. Sarah is recovering ...


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    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...


  • Gen. Douglas MacArthur enlists the help of a discreet private detective in “one of the sprightliest of the [Toby Peters] series” (Time).   It’s September 1942, and Gen. Douglas MacArthur believes he’s got what it takes to...


  • In a fun series with “shades of Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett,” a 1940s PI must find out who’s gunning for Peter Lorre (TheSan Diego Union-Tribune).   Scaly-voiced and bug-eyed actor Peter Lorre has become one of the mo...


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    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...


  • 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. Reprint....


  • in Murderous Schemes

    When plotting a murder (figuratively speaking), the mystery writer has at hand any number of M.O.'s including such tried and true conventions as the locked room, the unbreakable alibi, the double bluff, the mistaken identity, and many others. Indeed,...






  • Someone’s gunning for John Wayne in this “well-plotted” mystery set in 1940s Hollywood featuring a wisecracking private eye (Publishers Weekly).   Something about Lewis Vance’s story doesn’t add up. The guy claims t...


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    This thrilling crime novel features the best cop to come out of the Soviet Union since Martin Cruz Smith's Arkady Renko ( San Francisco Examiner ). After a lifetime in service to the Soviet Union, police inspector Porfiry Rostnikov may have found...


  • A woman fights to protect her family when, eight years after her husband’s murder, his killers return Bittie’s hot dogs are worth waiting for. Outside the hot dog stand one summer afternoon, Maureen sits with her two children in the famil...


  • In this “lively noir mystery,” a 1940s Hollywood private eye tries to clear heavyweight champ Joe Louis and corner a killer (Library Journal).   Joe Louis may be the heavyweight champ of the world, but private detective Toby Peters i...


  • Hollywood PI Toby Peters looks for a kidnapped dog - with political connections If he is surprised to find Eleanor Roosevelt waiting for him in his dingy little office, Toby Peters does not show it. Although this is his first time working for the Fir...


  • One of Kaminsky's best thrillers, this is a chilling novel of suspense--the story of a woman stalked by a man she knows only by his slow, sinister voice over the telephone. The night her parents were murdered in their sleep, ten-year-old Jeannie awok...


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    A PREMIERE OPPORTUNITYA Pulitzer-winning American journalist is poisoned to death at the Moscow Film Festival, along with two Soviet businessmen and a Japanese visitor. All the same night. All the same hotel.PREMEDITATED MAYHEMAn international organi...


  • Goodness has nothing to do with it as a hard-luck private eye in 1940s Hollywood takes a case for legendary silver screen sex symbol Mae West.   In the early days of talking pictures, the greatest sex symbol in Hollywood was the platinum-blonde ...


  • The electrocution of an elephant and Emmett Kelly's fears for life bring private eye Toby Peters into the circus and into confrontation with a gorilla, a snake-charmer, an angry elephant, and a perplexing witness named Alfred Hitchcock...


  • A forties Hollywood PI does not forsake Gary Cooper: “Like all of Toby [Peters’s] adventures, High Midnight is high entertainment” (The Cincinnati Post).   When laconic leading man Gary Cooper needs a detective, he does the sma...






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    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, antiq...


  • IT'S A BLOODY CRIME Bela Lugosi, America's favorite vampire, is receiving threatening messages, written in blood! No sooner does he ask Toby Peters to find the culprit than another case is tossed at the Hollywood detective -- solving a murder. The...


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    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 t...


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    Private eye Toby Peters confronts the Miami mob, the Miami police, the Chicago Mafia, and the Chicago police in an effort to keep the Marx Brothers out of the hands of some of the most vicious mobsters in history...


  • Someone had murdered a Munchkin. The corpse lay bleeding on the yellow brick road that leads to the land of Oz. Young and frightened starlet, Judy Garland summons private detective Toby Peters to the M.G.M sound stage. His assignment: keep the murder...


  • 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,...