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Think Fast, Mr. Peters (Toby Peters #13)

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Peter Lorre isn't exactly everybody's idea of a leading man. Tell that to one Mrs. Sheldon Minck, who, her distraught husband reports, has run off with the big screen's bantamweight heavy with the haunted eyes. And since this is Hollywood during the wartime madness of the forties, where nothing is exactly what it seems, it's the perfect case for Toby Peters. Martin's Press ...more
Paperback, 211 pages
Published February 1st 1996 by Warner Books (NY) (first published 1988)
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Marisa Collett
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Anything that makes me laugh this hard has to get five stars. Toby Peters is like Sam Spade, as soon as you tell him not to do something he does it. It also was a clever way for the author to extend the ending but in this case it works! I love the characters(and Im not just refering to them as people in the book they are true "characters") in the book and they are full of quirks. Sheldon Minck was the only one I found to be annoying. Mrs. Plaut, Jeremy and especially Gunther I cant wait to read ...more
Christa Van
Jun 03, 2016 rated it liked it
Toby Peters is a private detective hired to find Mrs. Sheldon Minck, a dentist's wife who has run off with Peter Lorre. As it turns out, she is really with a Lorre impressionists and the love affair has already gone sour when the impressionist is shot and killed while working on a movie. When a couple of other Lorre impressionists are killed or threatened, the man himself hires Peters to solve the case and he is concerned with his own safety. This is set in Hollywood during the war and supportin ...more
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is perhaps the most ridiculous plot yet (in a series that, mind you, is entirely premised on a C-list Hollywood P.I. having one-off pairings with golden era celebrities in "sure, why not" plots) probably only adds to the pure pleasure of a visit with Toby Peters. In many ways, this is one against which all others should be compared – there's a marked lack of dwelling on the idiosyncrasies of his associates, so it's not exactly representative, but it probably only helps achieve the absolutel ...more
Feb 05, 2011 rated it really liked it
Great ride! Kaminsky nails Lorre in this one and the Greenstreet cameo was priceless!
Joe O'Connor
Aug 16, 2009 rated it liked it
Very Good; Continuing character: Toby Peters; someone is killing Peter Lorre imitators and the real one and some of Peters' friends help him track down the killer
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Toby Peters w/ Peter Lorre
Aug 07, 2010 rated it liked it
Fun little mystery story with a neat trick - add period figures with a surprising degree of detail and realism. I'll look this guy up later.
Nov 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Set in June 1942 Hollywood written in film noir style. Peter Lorre look a likes are being hunted down all over the city. Toby is framed for the murder.
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I'm amazed at how much 1940's Hollywood trivia the author knows. It makes the books a fun read.
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Received 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 nomi
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