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The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle Hardcover – October, 1996


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Product Details

  • Series: The Rockford files
  • Hardcover: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Forge; 1st edition (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312862296
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312862299
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,448,966 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The tremendous appeal of James Garner as low-rent California PI Jim Rockford translates quite nicely from the 1970s TV series and later TV movies into this briskly paced novel. Rockford's old dad, Rocky, has passed on, even if his pickup truck is still around, and Rockford is still cursed with the presence of his ever-scheming ex-con buddy, Angel. In this instance, Rockford is tracking down a rare missing cat when Angel spots the chance to turn a dishonest buck with a feline-grooming scam. Naturally enough, the caper comes a cropper, with Rockford bearing the brunt of the fallout. The main action has Rockford recovering an antique bottle for a grateful client and then, after a referral, tracking down a missing girl. Rockford keeps all the characters and actions straight in post-O.J. California while he works through a few health-related wrinkles. The transition to the present is a gentle one. Rockford was an anachronism in the hippiefied '70s, and he remains just as stubbornly?and amusingly?out of time in the shapeless '90s.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Capitalizing on the successful television series and recent made-for-television movies, Kaminsky adds files to the Rockford caseload. Rockford tries to find a missing cat and stolen property for a wealthy old woman and subsequently becomes involved in a missing-person case.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

More About the Author

Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934-2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema--two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life's work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood's Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life.

Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as "the anti-Philip Marlowe." In 1981's Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Steve R. on February 8, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Kaminsky has written an enjoyable and satisfying novel based on the characters from the television series, "The Rockford Files." Jim, Beth, Dennis, Angel, and the Firebird are all here in form true to the original characters.
Jim Rockford is older now; mourning the loss of his father, Rocky; battling bad knees; trying to elude Angel's ubiquitous scams; and reflecting on his relationship with Beth and what might have been. Despite the passing of the years, Jim retains his wry wit and keen observations of the human condition. Mr. Kaminsky provides additional insight into the character of Jim Rockford, particularly the formative years and the time in prison.
The story is well-paced and intriguing. I enjoyed this book more than many of the recent 2-hour "Rockford Files" movies presented on television in recent years. If you enjoyed the original "Rockford Files" series from 1974-1980, you will enjoy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By P. J Parrish on July 3, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I have watched Rockford since the age of 6. We are reading about Rockford some 20 odd years later. Still living in Paradise cove, and taking his lumps! He is now morning the death of his fatherand STILL having to deal with Angel Martian! True to characters personalities! Good to read again and again...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 12, 1999
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kaminsky captures Rockford's sardonic style perfectly. All the old-time cast members appear in the book -- Angel, Becker, Beth Davenport. Kaminsky truly understands the anti-hero appeal of Rockford. If you loved the series, you'll love this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By barbre on May 2, 2005
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Three things about this novel brought it down for me.

First, it is written in first person which just didn't give me the feel of a Rockford Files story.

Second, Angel again. I'm sorry, but in the series Angel wasn't in every episode (thankfully) but he has been in both novels and it's just irritating.

Thrird, The mystery is solvable about midway through because of a flub in what the killer says. I'm not even sure it was intended because it is never mentioned at the end...but it is there. It made the second half of the novel rather tedious.

So what is the verdict? It's ok, not great. The other Rockford novel by Kaminsky is better. This one is more legwork without the classic intertwining of seemingly unimportant events that was classical in Rockford.

Since there are few options for Rockford fans I would recommend reading it, but don't expect it to blow you away.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By leigh s. curry on February 11, 2000
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not only was the green bottle skillfully written, but it satisfied me both as a mystery reader and Rockford Files tv watcher. now as i come on line to see what else smk has done, i find this is Vol. 4--even better! Angel is perfect, Jim is better than tv where j garner caricatures the part a little too much every now and then, the ending remembering Old Carlos while looking west is effective and legitimate, and the scene where the judge takes apart the young d.a. is worth the book alone. what a find for me--and you.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By coronerq@msn.com on March 18, 1998
Format: Hardcover
Jim Rockford has always been one of my favorite television characters. This book lived up to my expectations on all counts and struck the right balance between humor and action. I particularly enjoyed Angel's side plots.
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