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Hidden and Other Stories (Five Star First Edition Mystery) Hardcover – September, 1999

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In his brief Introduction, the prolific Kaminsky (The Dog Who Bit a Policeman, 1998, etc.) maintains that he had fun writing every one of these 16 stories (196591), and it shows. Though the collection has its share of misfiresa shrill tale of infernal transmigration, an overelaborate escape from a mental hospital, a caper playlet that unfolds like Tennessee Williams at his most pointlessly experimentalKaminsky obviously doesn't mind the price of taking chances. Even the three apprentice detective stories starring boy detective Pete Breedlove and a short-short locked-room puzzle have ingenuity to burn. When Kaminsky wants to play safe, he falls back on a pair of ebullient Toby Peters adventures in old Hollywood. When he's feeling his oats, he isn't afraid to ask why Agatha Christie disappeared back in 1926, or what Porfiry Petrovich did with himself after sending up Raskolnikov, or how ex-President Harry Truman would have handled an attempt on his life. And his pastiches of Sherlock Holmes (``The Final Toast'') and Philip Marlowe (``Bitter Lemons'') are beautifully judged and worlds apart from one another. If the title story, with its unsettling prophecy of the Columbine massacre, is just a bit too tricky, that's only the down side of Kaminsky's exuberant powers of invention. A fine, varied showcase for a born storyteller. -- Copyright ©1999, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.
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Product Details

  • Series: Five Star First Edition Mystery
  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Five Star (ME); 1st edition (September 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786220341
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786220342
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.7 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,236,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are a fan of Stuart M. Kaminsky's fiction, you have many titles and series to choose from: Toby Peters, the 1940's Hollywood detective, Abe Lieberman, the weary and philosophical Chicago cop, Lew Fonesca, rebuilding his shattered life in Florida and Rostnikov, the Russian cop who heads up a band of 87th Precinct-type cops (not to mention Kaminsky's CSI and Rockford Files novels). All of these provide reading enjoyment and Kaminsky's own brand of wisdom.

Hidden and Other Stories is a collection of various short stories Kaminsky wrote over the years. A few feature Toby Peters, one has Peters' nephew, another Peters' brother. There is an enjoyable Sherlock Holmes pastiche and a less-enjoyable Phillip Marlowe story. Three tales feature a boy detective. The rest vary in topic, tone and quality. But if you are a Kaminsky fan, you are just happy to revel in his magic once again, since second-rate Kaminsky is still preferable to most writers' A-game.
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