Stuart M. Kaminsky

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General Information

Name: Stuart M. Kaminsky

Pen Name: None

Birth Year: 1934

Place of Birth: Chicago, Illinois

Died: October 9, 2009 in St. Louis, Mo.

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Biographical and Professional Information

Stuart Melvin Kaminsky was born in Chicago on Sept. 29, 1934. Entering the University of Illinois on a soccer scholarship, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1957, followed by a master’s in English literature in 1959. In 1972, he received a doctorate in film studies from Northwestern University, writing his dissertation on the director Don Siegel.

Joining the Northwestern faculty, Mr. Kaminsky taught film there until 1989. Afterward, he was the first director of the Graduate Film Conservatory at Florida State University, a position he held till 1994, when he left academia to write full time.

The author of more than 60 crime novels, Mr. Kaminsky typically wrote two or more books a year.

A longtime resident of Sarasota, Fla., Mr. Kaminsky moved to St. Louis in March to await a liver transplant. Shortly after moving there, he had a stroke, making him ineligible for the transplant.

Published Works

  • Blood and Rubles, Fawcett Columbine, 1996
  • The Green Bottle, Forge, 1996
  • A Fatal Glass of Beer, Mysterious Press, 1997
  • Devil on My Doorstep, Forge, 1998
  • Vengeance, A Lew Fonesca Mystery, Forge, 1999
  • Fall of a Cosmonaut, Mysterious Press/Warner, 1999
  • Mildred Pierced, A Toby Peters Mystery, Carrol and Graf, 2003
  • Midnight Pass, Forge Books, 2003
  • The Cold War Swap, St. Martin`s Minotaur, 2003
  • The Last Dark Place, An Abe Lieberman Mystery, Forge Books, 2004
  • People Who Walk in Darkness, Forge Books, 2009
  • Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery, Forge Books, 2009
  • A Wisper to The Living, Forge Books, 2010

Titles for Purchase and at Your Library

A Fatal Glass of Beer

ISBN: 0892966300
Release Date: 1997-05

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Devil on My Doorstep (Rockford Files)

ISBN: 0312864442
Release Date: 1998-03

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Vengeance: A Lew Fonesca Mystery (Lew Fonesca Novels)

ISBN: 0812575180
Release Date: 2000-11-15

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Fall of a Cosmonaut

ISBN: 0892966688
Release Date: 2000-09-21

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Mildred Pierced: A Toby Peters Mystery

ISBN: 0786711825
Release Date: 2003-06

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Midnight Pass: A Lew Fonesca Mystery

ISBN: 0765304627
Release Date: 2003-12-01

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The Cold War Swap

ISBN: 0312315813
Release Date: 2003-05-16

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The Last Dark Place: An Abe Lieberman Mystery (Abe Lieberman Mysteries)

ISBN: 0765304635
Release Date: 2004-12-01

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Bright Futures: A Lew Fonesca Mystery (Lew Fonesca Novels)

ISBN: 0765318288
Release Date: 2009-01-06

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Speaking Engagements and Upcoming Appearances

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External Links

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