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Stuart M. Kaminsky

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Stuart M Kaminsky September 29, 1934 – October 9, 2009 was an American mystery writer and film professor He is known for three long-running series of mystery novels featuring the protagonists Toby Peters, a private detective in 1940s Hollywood; Inspector Porfiry Petrovich Rostnikov, a Moscow police inspector; and veteran Chicago police officer Abe Lieberman A later series followed Lew Fonesca, a process server from Sarasota, Florida

Kaminsky's Inspector Rostnikov novel A Cold Red Sunrise received the 1989 Edgar Award for Best Novel He earned six other Edgar nominations, most recently for the 2005 non-fiction book Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed, which was also nominated for an Anthony Award, a Macavity Award, and an Agatha Award In 2006 Kaminsky received the Grand Master Award from the Mystery Writers of America

Contents

  • 1 Life and career
  • 2 Death
  • 3 Works
    • 31 Novels
    • 32 Story collections
    • 33 Other fiction
    • 34 As editor
    • 35 Non-fiction
    • 36 Filmography
  • 4 References
  • 5 External links

Life and career

Kaminsky, who grew up in Chicago, earned a BS in journalism and an MA in English from the University of Illinois and a PhD in speech from Northwestern University He taught film studies at Northwestern for 16 years, and then taught at Florida State for six years

Kaminsky's first novel was the 1977 Toby Peters mystery Bullet for a Star He went on to write over 60 novels, as well as story collections and nonfiction works Kaminsky was a past president of the Mystery Writers of America

Besides being one of America's most prolific mystery writers, Kaminsky inspired many other writers in the genre, including fellow Chicagoan Sara Paretsky, who dedicated the first novel in her V I Warshawski private-eye series to Kaminsky

Death

Kaminsky and his wife, Enid Perll, moved to St Louis, Missouri in March 2009 to await a liver transplant to treat the hepatitis he contracted as an army medic in the late 1950s in France He suffered a stroke two days after their arrival in St Louis, which made him ineligible for a transplant He died on October 9, 2009

Works

Novels

  • Toby Peters series
  1. Bullet for a Star 1977
  2. Murder on the Yellow Brick Road 1977
  3. You Bet Your Life 1978
  4. The Howard Hughes Affair 1979
  5. Never Cross a Vampire 1980
  6. High Midnight 1981
  7. Catch a Falling Clown 1981
  8. He Done Her Wrong 1983
  9. The Fala Factor 1984
  10. Down for the Count 1985
  11. The Man Who Shot Lewis Vance 1986
  12. Smart Moves 1986
  13. Think Fast, Mr Peters 1987
  14. Buried Caesars 1989
  15. Poor Butterfly 1990
  16. The Melting Clock 1991
  17. The Devil Met a Lady 1993
  18. Tomorrow Is Another Day 1995
  19. Dancing in the Dark 1996
  20. A Fatal Glass of Beer 1997
  21. A Few Minutes Past Midnight 2001
  22. To Catch a Spy 2002
  23. Mildred Pierced 2003
  24. Now You See It 2004
  • Inspector Rostnikov series
  1. Rostnikov's Corpse 1981
    also published as Death of a Dissident
  2. Black Knight in Red Square 1983
  3. Red Chameleon 1985
  4. A Fine Red Rain 1987
  5. A Cold Red Sunrise 1988
  6. The Man Who Walked Like a Bear 1990
  7. Rostnikov's Vacation 1991
  8. Death of a Russian Priest 1992
  9. Hard Currency 1995
  10. Blood and Rubles 1996
  11. Tarnished Icons 1997
  12. The Dog Who Bit a Policeman 1998
  13. Fall of a Cosmonaut 2000
  14. Murder on the Trans-Siberian Express 2001
  15. People Who Walk in Darkness 2008
  16. A Whisper to the Living 2010
  • Lew Fonesca series
  1. Vengeance 1999
  2. Retribution 2001
  3. Midnight Pass 2003
  4. Denial 2005
  5. Always Say Goodbye 2006
  6. Bright Futures 2009


  • Abe Lieberman series
  1. Lieberman's Folly 1990
  2. Lieberman's Choice 1993
  3. Lieberman's Day 1994
  4. Lieberman's Thief 1995
  5. Lieberman's Law 1996
  6. The Big Silence 2000
  7. Not Quite Kosher 2002
  8. The Last Dark Place 2004
  9. Terror Town 2006
  10. The Dead Don't Lie 2007
  • CSI: NY
  1. Dead of Winter 2005
  2. Blood on the Sun 2006
  3. Deluge 2007
  • Rockford Files novels
  1. The Green Bottle 1996
  2. Devil on My Doorstep 1998
  • Non-series
    • When the Dark Man Calls 1983
    • Exercise in Terror 1985

Story collections

  • Hidden and Other Stories 1999
  • The Man Who Beat the System and Other Stories Audio 2000

Other fiction

  • Kolchak: The Night Stalker
    • Fever Pitch graphic novel, with Christopher Jones and Barbara Schulz 2003
    • Kolchak the Night Stalker, Volume 1 graphic novel, with Joe Gentile and Jeff Rice 2004
    • Kolchak: The Night Stalker Chronicles story anthology, includes "The Night Talker" by Kaminsky 2005

As editor

  • Opening Shots 1991
  • Mystery in the Sunshine State 1999
  • Show Business Is Murder 2004
  • On a Raven's Wing: New Tales in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe 2009

Non-fiction

  • A Biographical Study of the Career of Donald Siegel and an Analysis of His Films 1972
  • Clint Eastwood 1974
  • American Film Genres: Approaches to a Critical Theory of Popular Film 1974
  • Don Siegel, Director 1974
  • Ingmar Bergman: Essays in Criticism 1975
  • John Huston: Maker of Magic 1978
  • Coop: The Life and Legend of Gary Cooper 1979
  • Basic Filmmaking with Dana H Hodgdon 1981
  • Writing for Television with Mark Walker 1988
  • American Television Genres 1991
  • Behind the Mystery: Top Mystery Writers Interviewed Interviews by Kaminsky; photographs by Laurie Roberts 2005

Filmography

  • Once Upon a Time in America 1984
  • Enemy Territory 1987
  • Fréquence meurtre 1988
  • Woman in the Wind 1990
  • Hidden Fears 1993
  • A Nero Wolfe Mystery — "Immune to Murder" 2002

References

  1. ^ Elizabeth Sleeman; Alison Neale, eds 2003 International Who's Who of Authors and Writers 2004 19th revised ed Routledge p 283 ISBN 978-1-85743-179-7 
  2. ^ Weinman, Sarah "Stuart Kaminsky, RIP" Confessions of an Idiosyncratic Mind, October 9, 2009
  3. ^ "Edgar Award Winners & Nominees database" Mystery Writers of America c 2006 Archived from the original on 2008-02-15 Retrieved 2008-02-19 
  4. ^ a b J Kingston Pierce August 2002 "Stuart M Kaminsky: Murder Is His Business" January Magazine Retrieved 2008-02-19 
  5. ^ "Interview with Stuart Kaminsky" Mystery One Bookstore August 28, 2002 Retrieved October 11, 2010 
  6. ^ Susan L Rife, Writer placed series in Sarasota Sarasota Herald-Tribune Retrieved on October 11, 2009

External links

  • Stuart M Kaminsky on IMDb
  • Stuart M Kaminsky at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  • Video clips of Pony R Horton's interview with Stuart M Kaminsky on YouTube 2008
  • Stuart M Kaminsky Mysteries website video teaser
  • "Stuart M Kaminsky, Mystery Writer, Dies at 75"; The New York Times, October 13, 2009
  • Stuart Kaminsky radio interview with Doug Miles WSRQ 2004 on YouTube

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