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The Rockford Files: The Green Bottle: One Cop's War Against The Mob [Large Print] [Mass Market Paperback]

Stuart M. Kaminsky
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April 15 1999 Rockford Files (Book 1)
Rockford is looking forward to a quiet day of lazing around the beach and evading the debt collectors. Last month's bills were covered by a generous fee from a wealthy client for finding an antique green bottle, and an eccentric old lady with a sob story about a lost cat is handing him a big check to cover his expenses for next month.

But Rockford's luck may run out when he is visited by the Pulp Fiction look-alikes who want to rearrange his anatomy. And then he's going to find out that the case of the green bottle wasn't quite as simple as it looked.

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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
5.0 out of 5 stars True To The Original Characters Feb. 8 2000
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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Better Than James Garner! Oct. 21 2000
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars As good as the original Rockford files 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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5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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
5.0 out of 5 stars 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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent book that has me waiting for the next one. March 18 1998
By coronerq@msn.com - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Jim Rockford has always been one of my favorite television characters. This book lived up to my expectations on all counts and struck the right balance between humor and action. I particularly enjoyed Angel's side plots.
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