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    • Tomorrow Is Another Day

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lieberman's Folly

    • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 180
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 162
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 161

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • How can this man write so much, and so well?

    • By Richard Delman on 02-07-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • A Few Minutes Past Midnight

    • Toby Peters, Book 21
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Toby works for the Tramp

    • By Mark S. Traub on 07-16-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Catch a Falling Clown

    • A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 7
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    The gorilla doesn’t like clowns. Normally that wouldn’t bother Toby Peters, since detective work tends to keep him far away from animal cages, but tonight he’s dressed as a clown and locked in with the ape. The animal’s handler told him not to worry - gorillas don’t eat people. They just like to tear their arms and legs off. What the ape doesn’t understand is that Peters is here for his protection. Earlier that week, someone electrocuted an elephant, and the gorilla, as one of the star attractions in this second-rate circus, is next on the hit list.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Loved It

    • By dwhith on 11-19-14

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Never Cross a Vampire

    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Brian Holsopple
    • Length: 5 hrs and 54 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    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.

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Hard Currency

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 8 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    When a former Russian advisor stands accused of murdering a female citizen in Cuba, Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to the former Soviet Unions one-time ally on a criminal investigation-cum-diplomatic mission. With a watchful KGB agent on his tail Rostnikov must grapple with his cunning Cuban counterpart as well as a perplexing murder scenario, to save face for his mother country.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Kaminski does it again

    • By Gabrielle on 02-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance

    • A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 11
    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Johnny Heller
    • Length: 5 hrs and 32 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 9

    Toby Peters wakes up with a headache, a gun in his face, and a body on the hotel-room bed. He is less surprised by the gun than by the man holding it: Marion Morrison, a.k.a John Wayne. Both of them were lured here by the dead man. The next arrival is a prostitute named Olivia, and hot on her heels is the house detective, who's come to check on the commotion in Room 303.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Johnny Heller Made the Difference

    • By M. Miles on 05-23-14

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Buried Caesars

    • Toby Peters, Book 14
    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 6 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great

    • By Ms Peach on 06-19-16

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Mildred Pierced

    • The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 23
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 13
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 12
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11

    His longtime friend and office mate, the mad dentist Sheldon Minck, has been jailed for murder - the victim, his estranged wife, Mildred; the motive, a $200,000 inheritance; the weapon, a crossbow. Only Miss Crawford, the single witness to the crime, can attest to hapless Minck’s innocence. But the former MGM movie queen has just been offered her first film in two years, as the title character in Mildred Pierce, so she is anxious to avoid unpleasant publicity that could cost her the role.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lieberman's Law

    • The Abe Lieberman Mysteries
    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 11 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 34

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mr. Kaminsky was a national treasure.

    • By Richard Delman on 03-17-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Dancing in the Dark

    • The Toby Peters Mysteries, Book 18
    • By: Kaminsky Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 6 hrs and 18 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    In this installment of a 1940s Hollywood detective series, Fred Astaire hires Toby Peters to help him get rid of an incredibly untalented dance student, whose tutelage he has been forced to undertake by her threatening mafioso boyfriend. Luna has demanded dance lessons from Hollywood’s finest hoofer, and whatever Luna wants, Luna gets. Toby may not be a dancer, but he has no choice but to stay nimble and keep his feet moving.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Blood and Rubles

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    Crime in post-communist Russia has only gotten worse: rubles are scarce, blood, plentiful. In the eyes of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov and his metropolitan police team, newfound democracy has unleashed the desperation that pushes people over the edge, and a trio of nasty cases confirms their worst fears.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Cold Red Sunrise

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 14

    At an icebound naval weather station in far Siberia, the young daughter of an exiled dies under suspicious circumstances. The high-ranking Commissar sent to investigate the mystery suffers a similar fate: he is murdered by an icicle thrust into his skull. Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov is dispatched to solve the Commissar's murder, with one caveat: He is not to investigate the girl's death. Even if all the clues tell him that the two cases are linked.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Smart Moves

    • A Toby Peters Mystery, Book 12
    • By: Stuart Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Stephen Bowlby
    • Length: 7 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 15
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 11

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not a good surprise from Mr. Kaminsky.

    • By Richard Delman on 09-18-17

    Regular price: $13.21

    • Death of a Dissident

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 26
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 24
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 24

    The Victims: An unscrupulous cab driver. The killer's own frightened wife. Most troublesome of all, an outspoken dissident, watched closely by the KGB, whose trial had been set for the very next day. The Weapons: A heavy iron-headed hammer. A rusty, antiquated sickle. And a broken vodka bottle. The Cops:Tkach, who seduces suspects into confessing with his apparent innocence. Karpo, a bit of a Tartar, a bit of a vampire, a stolid saint of the Soviet faith.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Mystery set in Soviet Russia

    • By Kindle Customer on 04-04-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Tarnished Icons

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 10 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 13

    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....

    Regular price: $24.95

    • You Bet Your Life

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 12
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 10

    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.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lieberman's Choice

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 5 hrs and 38 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 107
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 103

    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.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • 15 Stars for Lieberman's Allegory!

    • By Ted on 07-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Death of a Russian Priest

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: John McLain
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    When Inspector Rostnikov arrives in the town of Arkush with Emil Karpo, the policeman nicknamed the Vampire, he finds a community stunned by the murder of the outspoken Father Merhum. But it is the priest's cryptic last words that make Rostnikov wonder if this was indeed a political assassination or a murder with a motive closer to home.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Lieberman's Day

    • By: Stuart M. Kaminsky
    • Narrated by: Richard Ferrone
    • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 139
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 138

    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....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • You are in the hands of a true master; a mensch.

    • By Richard Delman on 03-17-16

    Regular price: $19.95

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