- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Berkley (3 August 2004)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0425196526
- ISBN-13: 978-0425196526
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.2 x 21.6 cm
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Show Business Is Murder Hardcover – Import, 3 Aug 2004
About the Author
Stuart M. Kaminsky (1934–2009) was one of the most prolific crime fiction authors of the last four decades. Born in Chicago, he spent his youth immersed in pulp fiction and classic cinema—two forms of popular entertainment which he would make his life’s work. After college and a stint in the army, Kaminsky wrote film criticism and biographies of the great actors and directors of Hollywood’s Golden Age. In 1977, when a planned biography of Charlton Heston fell through, Kaminsky wrote Bullet for a Star, his first Toby Peters novel, beginning a fiction career that would last the rest of his life.Kaminsky penned twenty-four novels starring the detective, whom he described as “the anti-Philip Marlowe.” In 1981’s Death of a Dissident, Kaminsky debuted Moscow police detective Porfiry Rostnikov, whose stories were praised for their accurate depiction of Soviet life. His other two series starred Abe Lieberman, a hardened Chicago cop, and Lew Fonseca, a process server. In all, Kaminsky wrote more than sixty novels. He died in St. Louis in 2009.
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Saying that though there are a few good stories which would rate five starts. I will go into detail with them at the bottom of the list of stories. Since there's no information at all on this book on Amazon I've listed them all and their authors. These stories are based around the entertainment industry from TV film, busking, Elvis impersonators to talking dogs. It's a pretty wide field of stories under the Show Business is Murder theme.
Small Time in His Heart - Carolyn Wheat
Money on Red - Edward D. Hoch
Razzle Dazzle - Annette Brafman Meyers
Arful - John Lutz
Blonde Moment - Elaine Viets
Lah Tee Dah - Angela Zeman
Just Another Hollywood Ending - David Bart
The Search of Robert Rich - Bob Shayne
Murder at the Heartbreak Hotel - Mark Terry
Bring Me the Head of Osama bin Laden - Gary Phillips
Line Reading - Parnell Hall
Arrangements - Susanne Sharphren
A Berlin Story - Libby Fischer Hellmann
Goin' West - Charles Ardai
All Said and Done - Gregg Hurwitz
Fred Menace, Commie for Hire - Steve Hockensmith
The Dying Artist - Shelly Freydont
On the Bubble - Ropert Lopresti
Slap - Mat Coward
Break a Leg - Double Tiger Productions Inc.
The best of the above stories are Arful by John Lutz about a guy who buys a secret talking dog of a dieing star then regrets his purchase. Blonde Moment by Elaine Viets about an aging TV journalist, jealous of her much more attractive and younger co-worker who she knows will replace her, the ageing one plans to get rid of the competition one way or the other. Slap by Mat Coward about a slapping mugger who assaults women and steals there handbags who suddenly gets his Hollywood break but has to constantly worry he will be recognised by one of his victims.
Recently I read another Mystery Writers of America short story collection titled Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories about Love, Lust, and Murder which was just about full of five star worthy rating stories. My advice would be to get that one instead