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The Howard Hughes Affair (1978)

af Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Toby Peters is a private detective with sore feet, a bad back, and a tendency to bruise easily. He lives on a strict diet of hot dogs, tacos, shredded wheat, and disaster, and spends most of his time at the wrong end of a gun. Peters can't get through the day without finding a corpse or losing his shoes or both, but he has a reputation for keeping his mouth shut...so when a nervous young billionaire finds a spy at his dinner party, he wants Peters on the job. It's 1941 and that young billionaire is Howard Hughes, a man with his fair share of enemies-and they're about to become Peters' enemies as well. With a boatload of unsavory characters on his trail, Peters gets himself into an assortment of unlikely situations, and it takes Basil Rathborne to extricate him-lending a hand with a flourish that would have pleased Sherlock Holmes himself.… (mere)

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I love this series. Currently re-reading, casually.

Toby is hired by Howard Hughes to find out if one of his dinner guests copied secret plans for a war plane, from his office. The usual gaggle of historical people, including help from Basil Rathbone doing his best Holmes impression (with emotions!), show up. Guns, gals, and a steady stream of bodies.

Pulp fun, at its best. ( )
  James_Patrick_Joyce | Oct 24, 2020 |
The Howard Hughes Affair by Stuart Kaminsky is the 4th entry in his mystery series that features private detective Toby Peters. Peters works in L.A. during the 1940's and often gets called by the famous to help them get out of whatever trouble they have gotten themselves into. This time he is called by Howard Hughes to find out who stole the plans for an experimental plane.

Although he is working for Howard Hughes, Toby is aided in this case by movie star, Basil Rathbone, which greatly added to my enjoyment as Basil Rathbone is one of my favorite actors from that era. They team up to question the suspects which appears to stir things up as before too long, Toby is dodging bullets and stumbling over corpses.

I find this a fun series with it's great 1940s Hollywood setting and the inclusion of many of the top stars of the day. This plot with it's many references to Nazis took place in the days leading up to Pearl Harbor. I am already looking forward to Toby's next case which is foreshadowed at the end of this book as Toby gets a phone call from Boris Karloff. ( )
  DeltaQueen50 | Oct 19, 2020 |
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Toby Peters is a private detective with sore feet, a bad back, and a tendency to bruise easily. He lives on a strict diet of hot dogs, tacos, shredded wheat, and disaster, and spends most of his time at the wrong end of a gun. Peters can't get through the day without finding a corpse or losing his shoes or both, but he has a reputation for keeping his mouth shut...so when a nervous young billionaire finds a spy at his dinner party, he wants Peters on the job. It's 1941 and that young billionaire is Howard Hughes, a man with his fair share of enemies-and they're about to become Peters' enemies as well. With a boatload of unsavory characters on his trail, Peters gets himself into an assortment of unlikely situations, and it takes Basil Rathborne to extricate him-lending a hand with a flourish that would have pleased Sherlock Holmes himself.

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