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  • Vengeance | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Vengeance

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 12 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Scott Brick
    Overall
    (75)
    Performance
    (31)
    Story
    (30)

    Three years ago Lew Fonseca quit his job as a process server with the State Attorney'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 in a Dairy Queen parking lot in Sarasota, Florida. Buoyed by the friendship of a few trustworthy souls, Lew settled there, making ends meet by doing some investigative work for local attorneys.

    Donald says: "The melancholy server"
  • A Few Minutes Past Midnight: Toby Peters, Book 21 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    A Few Minutes Past Midnight: Toby Peters, Book 21

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 59 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (9)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    This time out, in a raucous, new Hollywood thriller, private investigator Toby Peters - who has cracked cases involving such classic movie luminaries as Humphrey Bogart, the Marx Brothers, John Wayne, and Mae West - is gumshoeing for the legendary Charlie Chaplin. Rudely awakened one midnight by a sinister visitor wielding a very large knife, Chaplin has been threatened with death unless he stops production on his latest project, a film in which a series of wealthy old women are married and then murdered for their money. Toby's discovery that six rich elderly women have recently died in the movie capital strikes him as no mere coincidence.

    Mark S. Traub says: "Toby works for the Tramp"
  • Tarnished Icons | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Tarnished Icons

    • UNABRIDGED (10 hrs and 20 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (10)
    Story
    (10)

    In the topsy-turvy world of post-communist Russia, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov's work is never done. Three congregants from a local synagogue, gunned down in the night, are the latest victims in the seemingly systematic execution of Jews in Moscow. But the shocking identity of one of the murdered men leads Rostnikov to suspect that, rather than simple intolerance, a more calculated motive lies behind the slaughter. Meanwhile, the city's women are under siege by The Shy One - a knife-wielding rapist who strikes without being seen....

  • Black Knight in Red Square | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Black Knight in Red Square

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    The Moscow Film Festival may lack Cannes' boats, bikinis, and gentle breezes, but it has nevertheless attracted scores of international actors, directors, and deal-makers. For some, the festival represents Moscow's re-emergence as a world-class city. But for a gang of zealots headed by a beautiful brunette, the festival represents a target, and they have been attacking the "film people" with frightening efficiency. Desperate to avoid embarrassment, the Kremlin is trying to cover up the killings. And desperate to stop the killers, the KGB has put Inspector Rostnikov on the case.

  • Tomorrow Is Another Day | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Tomorrow Is Another Day

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    On December 10, 1938, Atlanta burned again. In the back lot at David O. Selznick’s studio, sets from a dozen old pictures were pushed together and set alight to provide a backdrop for the climax of what Selznick promised to be the movie of the century: Gone with the Wind. Toby Peters, then just a studio security guard, was on hand to help keep the dozens of Confederate extras in line. When the fire was over, he found one of them dead, impaled on his own sword.

  • Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Folly: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (158)
    Performance
    (141)
    Story
    (141)

    A pair of cops hunt the killer of the most beautiful hooker on Chicago’s North Side. On a blistering Chicago afternoon, the Cubs are winning and Abe Lieberman is waiting to meet a prostitute. This mild-mannered old police detective still has a few tricks up his sleeves - and one of them is named Estralda Valdez. One of the city’s loveliest women of the night, she is Lieberman’s most prized confidential informant, and she needs help with a psychotic john. Though they suspect she’s only paranoid, Lieberman and his partner, Bill Hanrahan, agree to watch Valdez’s back.

    Richard Delman says: "How can this man write so much, and so well?"
  • Buried Caesars: Toby Peters, Book 14 | Stuart Kaminsky

    Buried Caesars: Toby Peters, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    The uniformed man standing before Toby Peters is General Douglas MacArthur, a soldier who considers himself the only man who can defeat the Japanese. But though he may be all-powerful in the South Pacific, today he is in Los Angeles with a problem only a detective can solve. The general has an eye on a postwar promotion to the White House, and an aide has stolen his war chest, his donor list, and a handful of embarrassing private letters. To get them back, Toby may need some help.

    Ms Peach says: "Great"
  • Lieberman's Day | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Day

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 53 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (140)
    Performance
    (129)
    Story
    (128)

    In a posh part of Chicago’s North Side, two Trinidadian men look for someone to jump. Waiting outside an apartment building, they see a couple shivering in the cold as they make their way to their car. The Trinidadians draw guns, demand money - and quickly go too far. Shots ring out, and the muggers run. Behind them, the man is dead, and his pregnant wife lays bleeding in the street.The murder victim is the nephew of Abe Lieberman, one of the most dignified cops in Chicago homicide. When he learns of the killing, Lieberman’s calm facade cracks. As he works with his partner, Bill Hanrahan, to find the killers, Lieberman makes a pact with the devil....

    Richard Delman says: "You are in the hands of a true master; a mensch."
  • Red Chameleon | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Red Chameleon

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (10)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (10)

    The violent and inexplicable murder of an old man in his bathtub and the theft of a worthless candlestick send Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov on a hunt into the past. A ring of car thieves with a taste for expensive vehicles is at large in Moscow's streets. High above the gray city, a sniper is taking aim at police officers, and the obsessed detective Emil Karpo takes the assignment to heart.

    Gabrielle says: "Skillfully spun, excellent depiction of an era"
  • The Fala Factor | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The Fala Factor

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 18 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11)
    Performance
    (9)
    Story
    (9)

    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 First Lady of the United States, years of private investigations for the Hollywood elite have left him unfazed by a famous face. The First Lady comes straight to the point. Six months after Pearl Harbor, the only thing that keeps her husband from buckling under the pressures of the presidency is his dog, a sprightly black terrier named Fala.

    Scott says: "Great new voice for classic series"
  • To Catch a Spy: Toby Peters, Book 22 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    To Catch a Spy: Toby Peters, Book 22

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 29 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (6)
    Story
    (6)

    It’s a lucky thing that Cary Grant once trained as an acrobat, because Toby Peters’s life is in the actor’s hands. As the two men sprint through the pitch-dark woods, trying to elude a man with a gun, they come to a canyon ledge. With nowhere to go but down, they scramble over the side. Peters slips, and Grant grabs hold of his wrist. As the killer closes in, Cary’s grip begins to falter....

  • Lieberman's Law: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Law: The Abe Lieberman Mysteries

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 7 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (23)
    Performance
    (23)
    Story
    (22)

    Abe Lieberman, the Chicago PD detective, has never has it easy when it comes to emotional cases, but this time the action is getting little too close to home. His temple has been vandalized along with four others, and it looks like the vandals have more sinister plans in mind. Finding the culprit opens a window on the broiling ethnic tensions on Chicago's North Side, and what's happening in Abe's family life does nothing to turn down the heat.

    Richard Delman says: "Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure."
  • Lieberman's Choice | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Choice

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 38 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Richard Ferrone
    Overall
    (102)
    Performance
    (95)
    Story
    (92)

    Bernie Shepard comes home with a shotgun. He opens the door to his bedroom, and sees what he expected - his wife in bed with another cop. Two pumps of the shotgun take care of them, and Shepard carries out the rest of his plan. Accompanied by his dog, this half-mad detective goes to the roof of his building, where he has built a small fortress stocked with food, water, and weapons. Talking Shepard down falls to Abe Lieberman and Bill Hanrahan, the odd-couple partners in Chicago homicide.

    Ted says: "15 Stars for Lieberman's Allegory!"
  • Never Cross a Vampire: The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 5 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Never Cross a Vampire: The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 5

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 45 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
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    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Coffins fill the basement of a crumbling Los Angeles movie theater. Five vampires crowd around fading horror idol Bela Lugosi, peppering him with questions. A malfunctioning plastic fang causes one of the undead-wannabes to lisp. The effect is less than fearsome, but Lugosi is terrified, for one of these oddballs has been making threats on his life. He hires Toby Peters to provide security against his unbalanced fans. The detective is not concerned, but he should be. Even fake vampires can kill.

    dwhith says: "L.A. Detective Toby Peters is on the Case!"
  • Think Fast, Mr. Peters: Toby Peters, Book 13 | Stuart Kaminsky

    Think Fast, Mr. Peters: Toby Peters, Book 13

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 21 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (7)
    Performance
    (5)
    Story
    (5)

    Hollywood detective Toby Peters is asleep on his floor when the dentist who shares his office calls, wailing that his wife has left him. While on the one hand, Toby is shocked that a woman as unpleasant as Mildred could ever attract a suitor, he's even more surprised by the name of the alleged Lothario: Peter Lorre, the scaly-voiced, bug-eyed Hollywood character actor. Though he can't imagine why the dentist would want her back, Toby agrees to track down his missing wife. He finds Lorre in a greasy spoon near the Warner Brothers' lot, but the actor doesn't know a thing about the missing Mildred....

  • You Bet Your Life | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    You Bet Your Life

    • UNABRIDGED (5 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Jim Meskimen
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (8)
    Performance
    (7)
    Story
    (7)

    There's nothing funny about the package that comes for Chico Marx. It's a severed ear, a simple message from a Chicago bookie who wants $120,000 from the world-renown Marx brother. The strange thing is that, though Chico likes to gamble, he hasn't been making bets in Chicago. Terrified, he goes to the studio for help. Louis B. Mayer, king of Hollywood, places a call to Toby Peters.

  • The Man Who Walked Like a Bear | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    The Man Who Walked Like a Bear

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 4 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    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 from a brain operation, her police inspector husband at her side, when a bearlike man staggers into her hospital room. Hulking, naked, and insensible, he is about to leap out the window when Rostnikov talks him off the ledge. But before the orderlies take him away, the giant whispers a secret to the investigator. Someone has been stealing from the factory where he works.

    Richard Delman says: "I love Stuart Kaminsky."
  • Lieberman's Thief: An Abe Lieberman Mystery | Stuart Kaminsky

    Lieberman's Thief: An Abe Lieberman Mystery

    • UNABRIDGED (6 hrs and 44 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By David Colacci
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (30)
    Performance
    (21)
    Story
    (20)

    George "Pitty Pitty" Patnik was a thief who thought he had everything planned for a nice, clean in-and-out burglary. But that was before he heard the screams and saw the blood. Before the long knife came down again and again. Before the murderer realized he had an audience.

    Ted says: "UGH! From a former FANBOY!"
  • Smart Moves: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 12 | Stuart Kaminsky

    Smart Moves: A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 12

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 10 mins)
    • By Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated By Stephen Bowlby
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (9)

    dentist dangles from the window of a swanky Park Avenue hotel, while Toby Peters, a Los Angeles detective who's very far from home, clutches the man by his jacket, which is tearing slowly, stitch by stitch. Across the room, a dead man lies on the bed, his killer pounding on the hotel room door, which sounds like it's going to give way as quickly as the dentist's jacket. Somehow, this entire mess is Albert Einstein's fault. Two nefarious groups have been threatening the great physicist. One is a ring of blackmailers who claim to have evidence that he has been passing nuclear secrets to Russia.

    Pamela C. Alger says: "Too much Shelly"
  • Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: Inspector Rostnikov, Book 14 | Stuart M. Kaminsky

    Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express: Inspector Rostnikov, Book 14

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 22 mins)
    • By Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated By John McLain
    Overall
    (13)
    Performance
    (12)
    Story
    (12)

    Inside the Moscow Police Department, madness reigns. Inspectors Karpo and Zelach enter the underground world of post-punk rock clubs searching for clues to the disappearance of an anti-Semitic rock star who happens to be the son of one of Moscow's most powerful Jewish citizens.

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