To clear Errol Flynn of a murder charge, Toby follows a trail of corpses all over Hollywood and ends up on the set of The Maltese Falcon, where Bogie, Lorre, and Greenstreet find themselves playing roles that werent rehearsedbut whose execution must be picture perfect. r 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 1981s 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.