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Mystery Writers of America presents show business is murder
Kaminsky, Stuart M.
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New York : Berkley Prime Crime, [2004]

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xi, 371 pages ; 22 cm
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PS648.D4 M96 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Mystery/Suspense
PS648.D4 M96 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area
PS648.D4 M96 2004 Adult Non-Fiction Open Shelf

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These all-new short stories of movies, music, murder, and mayhem by today's brightest talents will take you from vaudeville to Vegas, and make it chillingly clear that in the world of entertainment, if you want to make it, you may have to step on some people-or over their dead bodies... Includes first-run stories from € Carolyn Wheat € John Lutz € Elaine Viets € Parnell Hall € Stuart M. Kaminsky € Edward D. Hoch € Annette Meyers € Angela Zeman € David Bart € Bob Shayne € Mark Terry € Gary Phillips € Suzanne Shaphren € Libby Fischer Hellman € Charles Ardai € Gregg Andrew Hurwitz € Steve Hockensmith € Shelley Freydont € Robert Lopresti € Mat Coward

Author Notes

Stuart M. Kaminsky is head of the radio/television/film department at Northwestern University in Illinois. He is also a writer of textbooks, screenplays, and mystery novels.

The more popular of his two series of detective novels features Toby Peters. Set in the 1930s and 1940s, the Peters books draw on Kaminsky's knowledge of history and love of film by incorporating characters from the film industry's past in nostalgic mysteries. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road (1978), for example, features Judy Garland while Catch a Falling Clown (1982) stars Emmett Kelley as Peters's client and Alfred Hitchcock as a murder suspect.

His other critically acclaimed series chronicles the cases of Inspector Porfiry Rostnikov. Kaminsky's detailed studies of Russian police procedure combined with aspects of life in Russia have earned the Series an Edgar nomination for Black Knight in Red Square (1984) and the 1989 Edgar Award for A Cold Red Sunrise (1988).

Stuart Kaminsky was born in Chicago in 1934 and died in 2009.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Show Business Is Murder, the latest theme anthology presented by the Mystery Writers of America and edited by Stuart M. Kaminsky, boasts some impressive talent, including Edward D. Hoch, Annette Meyers and Mat Coward, but lacks sparkle. The 20 original stories offer something for every taste, covering all forms of show business, from vaudeville and pop music to TV and scriptwriting. Agent, Howard Morhaim. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved