A Fatal Glass of Beer Hardcover – 1 May 1997
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The characterisation of Fields in this book is down pat, you can almost hear him waxing lyrical about the injustice done to him - spoiler - someone has ripped off a number of bank accounts and he and peters are trying to get the money back.
This subsequently inspired me to download the short film of the same name (Public Domain) which I wasn't even aware of previously, but found it so funny (in a dry manner) that I ended up persuading my son to order the 17 movie box set as a birthday gift for myself. Just because they are old movies (circa 1930's & 40') and Black and White doesn't mean that they cannot outshine many of the current crop of "comedy" films.
If you enjoy well written / hard boiled heroes then the Toby peters series is for you...
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There's a wonderfully generous and vivid imagination at work here, along with a mastery of the craft of writing mystery novels. There's also a meticulous attention to research that brings the details of the homefront during the Big One alive, and the great fun of meeting the great stars off screen.
What's not to like?
This one gets special marks for catapulting our heroes out of LA and into the clutches of the irascible, erudite, philosophical, stubborn, hilarious, flamboyant and surprising genius who was W.C. Fields.
Again, what's not to like?
The fact that Kaminsky could finish this and then write another Rostnikov or Lieberman novel amazes me. His versatility is such that you'd think each series was written by a different writer.
If I were Fields, I'd doff my straw boater to you, Mr. Kaminsky.
When the culprit was revealed it was a "who woulda thought"? moment.