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Book Title: Mildred Pierced|
The author of the book: Stuart M. Kaminsky
Edition: Carroll & Graf Publishers
Date of issue: July 1st 2003
Format files: PDF
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Reader ratings: 7.6
ISBN 13: 9780786711826
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After many weeks and months of pursuing Scandinavian mysteries, I decided to switch gears for a moment and go American. I stumbled across one of the many Toby Peters mysteries by Kaminsky and had a good, fun, though not memorable experience. The charm of Kaminsky’s Peters is that he’s cast from the old mold of the grubby PI and sets his story in the 1940s, shortly before the end of WW II. Sprinkled throughout the novel are references to old ways of life that I still remember. I can’t remember, however, the last time I had farina for breakfast! Attorneys dress in sharp sharkskin suits, talk tough, over-charge their clients--$20 for an hour of work!!!!—and Peters himself keeps forgetting his .38 in his car and when he remembers to take it along to forestall danger, it’s taken from him almost immediately! There are no swaggering, sultry blonds and few sexual references unless you count his somewhat drooling approach to Joan Crawford’s legs, comparing them to a then-pregnant Betty Grable with the edge going to Crawford. Crawford, you see, about to win an Oscar with her performance in “Mildred Pierce,” is the sole eyewitness to a murder by crossbow bolt. Shelly Minck, the awkward and about-to-be-divorced myopic dentist, is charged with the murder but, since he can hardly see twenty feet in front of him, there is a lot of doubt as to whether or not he could accomplish the shot to the heart that killed Mildred, his wife. Peters protects Lucille Fay LeSueur (Crawford’s name at birth) from public scrutiny that would come from her being identified as the witness. He also runs into a small but determined survival group that turns out to be the place from which the crossbow that killed Mildred originated. It belonged to Shelly, of course and, since he comes into a lot of money from an invention of his, his own death becomes a factor in the crime. Peters is eventually attacked by blowgun and goes on to confront other dangers in the 1940s intrepid style. We are kept up-to-date on the latest war news, given a tour of Los Angeles and Peters confronts the usual corrupt cop, Cawelti, who has a grudge against the Peters family. It all stays neatly bound and fun to the end. It is not great mystery writing but, if you enjoy it, there are more than seventy other Kaminsky novels in print! Great for end of summer snooze-reading.
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Read information about the authorReceived the Shamus Award, "The Eye" (Lifetime achievment award) in 2007.
Stuart M. Kaminsky is author of 50 published novels, 5 biographies, 4 textbooks and 35 short stories. He also has screenwriting credits on four produced films including ONCE UPON A TIME IN AMERICA, ENEMY TERRITORY, A WOMAN IN THE WIND and HIDDEN FEARS. He is a past president of the Mystery Writers of America and has been nominated for six prestigious Edgar Allen Poe Awards including one for his short story “Snow” in 1999. He won an Edgar for his novel A COLD RED SUNRISE, which was also awarded the Prix De Roman D’Aventure of France. He has been nominated for both a Shamus Award and a McCavity Readers Choice Award.
Kaminsky writes several popular series including those featuring Lew Fonesca, Abraham Lieberman, Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, and Toby Peters. He has also written two original Rockford Files novels. He is the 50th annual recipient of the Grandmaster 2006 for Lifetime Achievement from the Mystery Writers of America.
His nonfiction books including BASIC FILMMAKING, WRITING FOR TELEVISION, AMERICAN FILM GENRES, and biographies of GARY COOPER, CLINT EASTWOOD, JOHN HUSTON and DON SIEGEL. BEHIND THE MYSTERY was published by Hot House Press in 2005, and nominated by Mystery Writers of America for Best Critical/Biographical book in 2006.
Kaminsky holds a B.S. in Journalism and an M.A. in English from The University of Illinois and a Ph.D. in Speech from Northwestern University where he taught for 16 years before becoming a Professor at Florida State. where he headed the Graduate Conservatory in Film and Television Production. He left Florida State in 1994 to pursue full-time writing.
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