Kaminsky's writes page turners with style and a wry smile. If this is your first Toby Peters, you're in for a wild ride through LA in the war years. When Hollywood's most colorful have problems they hire the private inquiry detective with the flattest nose, the tightest lip and the whackiest friends to do their bidding on the QT. Someone at a Mae West drag masquerade contest has come up to see Mae with murder on his twisted mind. Bodies start piling up, someone's trying to kill C.B. DeMille and Toby intercedes as a favor to his less-than-brotherly-loving brother ending up a murder suspect, pounded to a pulp (again) and locked away in a mental home before solving yet another glamorous caper of Tinseltown. Regular fans will again enjoy all the colorful characters that help make this series such a treat. Stuart M. Kaminsky was a modern day master. Top notch fun in the Hammett Chandler manner.