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A Fatal Glass of Beer Hardcover – May 1997

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 246 pages
  • Publisher: Mysterious Press (May 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892966300
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892966301
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,137,138 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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What an amazing--and not famous enough by half--mystery writer Stuart M. Kaminsky is! By last count, he has been doing excellent work in three very different series: his sad and pungent books about Russian detective Porfiry Petrovich (Blood and Rubles, etc.); his gritty, poignant stories about aging Chicago cop Abe Lieberman (starting with Lieberman's Day); and his richly-detailed series about vintage Hollywood private eye Toby Peters. This 20th installment is one of the best, as Peters is hired by W. C. Fields to find the blackguard who is looting all of the comedian's secret bank accounts, carefully hidden under such fake names as Cormorant Beecham and Quigley E. Sneersight. Other Peters period adventures in paperback: Dancing in the Dark, He Done Her Wrong, Think Fast, Mr. Peters.

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The prolific Kaminsky here offers the 20th Toby Peters mystery. Peters and W.C. Fields cross the country (chauffeured by a Swiss midget) in search of Lester O. Hipnoodle, the villain who has somehow gained access to Field's numerous hidden bank accounts. An enjoyable lark.
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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By A Customer on June 23 1999
This book is perfect for all W.C. lovers. The absurd detective plot and a journy across the country from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in an old Cadillac are the backdrop for W.C. Fields' amusing one-liners of wit and wisdom. And the old, alcohol soaked comedian fires them in abundance. I couldn't help myself but laugh out loud. Good entertainment!
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa09efe04) out of 5 stars 6 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08c7ad4) out of 5 stars Affectionate tribute to the great Fields... March 9 2003
By William E. Adams - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is only the second "Toby Peters" novel I've read. I started last month with the one that actually follows this effort...the Cary Grant thriller "To Catch a Spy." That's good but this is better. W.C. Fields comes off as irascible as those who know him from his great film comedies would expect, but he holds his liquor well and exhibits bravery and a good heart to boot. Toby and his buddies Gunther and Jeremy and his girlfriend Anita are present, along with nutty and incompetent dentist Shelly and the lovely secretary Violet. Toby and W.C. and Gunther go on a cross-country journey to save Fields' famous small-town savings accounts from a thief. Comedy and tragedy and danger are well-balanced here, against a backdrop of 1943 WWII headlines and name-dropping from Hollywood's Golden Era. I recommend this highly to those who like quick-reading mixtures of fun and suspense. I'll be cleansing my small town's library shelves of its stock of the "Toby" series, then looking to buy the missing ones. Kaminsky has a winner in this character and his adventures. I have also read two of his "Abe Leiberman" police procedurals, but the Peters' books are more impressive.
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08c7edc) out of 5 stars Hilarious and Witty June 23 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book is perfect for all W.C. lovers. The absurd detective plot and a journy across the country from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in an old Cadillac are the backdrop for W.C. Fields' amusing one-liners of wit and wisdom. And the old, alcohol soaked comedian fires them in abundance. I couldn't help myself but laugh out loud. Good entertainment!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08c7d08) out of 5 stars It was really a fatally flawed story. Nov. 8 2012
By Alec Stevens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Not up to Toby's standards. The character of WC Fields was boring after the first chapter. The story dragged on forever with nothing really happening. Otherwise it was great.
HASH(0xa08c7fa8) out of 5 stars Maybe my favorite in a wonderful series July 14 2015
By velaphi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
How can you not love Toby? Not to mention Gunther, Mrs. Plaut, Jeremy, Juanita, Phil -- and even Shelly.

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.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa08ce378) out of 5 stars ??MAYBE?? THIS IS AN UNFAIR REVIEW, MAYBE ??NOT?? Aug. 3 2014
By Len - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Well, I only got 60 pages into it. I
found it, both, uninteresting and un-
funny. There is NO WAY I was going
to make it through all 250 pages!!!
So, I pulled the plug and cut my losses.


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