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The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle: One Cop's War Against The Mob Mass Market Paperback – Large Print, Apr 15 1999


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  • Mass Market Paperback: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Forge Books (April 15 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0812571053
  • ISBN-13: 978-0812571059
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 2.1 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 141 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,691,723 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

The tremendous appeal of James Garner as low-rent California PI Jim Rockford translates quite nicely from the 1970s TV series and later TV movies into this briskly paced novel. Rockford's old dad, Rocky, has passed on, even if his pickup truck is still around, and Rockford is still cursed with the presence of his ever-scheming ex-con buddy, Angel. In this instance, Rockford is tracking down a rare missing cat when Angel spots the chance to turn a dishonest buck with a feline-grooming scam. Naturally enough, the caper comes a cropper, with Rockford bearing the brunt of the fallout. The main action has Rockford recovering an antique bottle for a grateful client and then, after a referral, tracking down a missing girl. Rockford keeps all the characters and actions straight in post-O.J. California while he works through a few health-related wrinkles. The transition to the present is a gentle one. Rockford was an anachronism in the hippiefied '70s, and he remains just as stubbornly?and amusingly?out of time in the shapeless '90s.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Capitalizing on the successful television series and recent made-for-television movies, Kaminsky adds files to the Rockford caseload. Rockford tries to find a missing cat and stolen property for a wealthy old woman and subsequently becomes involved in a missing-person case.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steve R. on Feb. 8 2000
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Stuart Kaminsky has written an enjoyable and satisfying novel based on the characters from the television series, "The Rockford Files." Jim, Beth, Dennis, Angel, and the Firebird are all here in form true to the original characters.
Jim Rockford is older now; mourning the loss of his father, Rocky; battling bad knees; trying to elude Angel's ubiquitous scams; and reflecting on his relationship with Beth and what might have been. Despite the passing of the years, Jim retains his wry wit and keen observations of the human condition. Mr. Kaminsky provides additional insight into the character of Jim Rockford, particularly the formative years and the time in prison.
The story is well-paced and intriguing. I enjoyed this book more than many of the recent 2-hour "Rockford Files" movies presented on television in recent years. If you enjoyed the original "Rockford Files" series from 1974-1980, you will enjoy this book.
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not only was the green bottle skillfully written, but it satisfied me both as a mystery reader and Rockford Files tv watcher. now as i come on line to see what else smk has done, i find this is Vol. 4--even better! Angel is perfect, Jim is better than tv where j garner caricatures the part a little too much every now and then, the ending remembering Old Carlos while looking west is effective and legitimate, and the scene where the judge takes apart the young d.a. is worth the book alone. what a find for me--and you.
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Stuart Kaminsky is such a flexible, enjoyable writer. He captures the flavor of the Rockford Files series perfectly. Sure miss the show! Hope this is the start of a new series for Mr. Kaminsky.
I understand from a friend that Mr. Kaminsky may have been one of the Rockford Files' writers. Does anyone know if that is correct?
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By A Customer on April 12 1999
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Kaminsky captures Rockford's sardonic style perfectly. All the old-time cast members appear in the book -- Angel, Becker, Beth Davenport. Kaminsky truly understands the anti-hero appeal of Rockford. If you loved the series, you'll love this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
True To The Original Characters Feb. 8 2000
By Steve R. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Stuart Kaminsky has written an enjoyable and satisfying novel based on the characters from the television series, "The Rockford Files." Jim, Beth, Dennis, Angel, and the Firebird are all here in form true to the original characters.
Jim Rockford is older now; mourning the loss of his father, Rocky; battling bad knees; trying to elude Angel's ubiquitous scams; and reflecting on his relationship with Beth and what might have been. Despite the passing of the years, Jim retains his wry wit and keen observations of the human condition. Mr. Kaminsky provides additional insight into the character of Jim Rockford, particularly the formative years and the time in prison.
The story is well-paced and intriguing. I enjoyed this book more than many of the recent 2-hour "Rockford Files" movies presented on television in recent years. If you enjoyed the original "Rockford Files" series from 1974-1980, you will enjoy this book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A Story that is true to the original characters. July 3 2000
By P. J Parrish - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have watched Rockford since the age of 6. We are reading about Rockford some 20 odd years later. Still living in Paradise cove, and taking his lumps! He is now morning the death of his fatherand STILL having to deal with Angel Martian! True to characters personalities! Good to read again and again...
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
As good as the original Rockford files April 12 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Kaminsky captures Rockford's sardonic style perfectly. All the old-time cast members appear in the book -- Angel, Becker, Beth Davenport. Kaminsky truly understands the anti-hero appeal of Rockford. If you loved the series, you'll love this book.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Mystery was easy to figure out half way trhough May 2 2005
By barbre - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
Three things about this novel brought it down for me.

First, it is written in first person which just didn't give me the feel of a Rockford Files story.

Second, Angel again. I'm sorry, but in the series Angel wasn't in every episode (thankfully) but he has been in both novels and it's just irritating.

Thrird, The mystery is solvable about midway through because of a flub in what the killer says. I'm not even sure it was intended because it is never mentioned at the end...but it is there. It made the second half of the novel rather tedious.

So what is the verdict? It's ok, not great. The other Rockford novel by Kaminsky is better. This one is more legwork without the classic intertwining of seemingly unimportant events that was classical in Rockford.

Since there are few options for Rockford fans I would recommend reading it, but don't expect it to blow you away.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
angel and jimmy in print--what a positive surprise! Feb. 11 2000
By leigh s. curry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
not only was the green bottle skillfully written, but it satisfied me both as a mystery reader and Rockford Files tv watcher. now as i come on line to see what else smk has done, i find this is Vol. 4--even better! Angel is perfect, Jim is better than tv where j garner caricatures the part a little too much every now and then, the ending remembering Old Carlos while looking west is effective and legitimate, and the scene where the judge takes apart the young d.a. is worth the book alone. what a find for me--and you.


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