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Stuart M Kaminsky dies aged 75

13th October 2009

Prolific mystery writer Stuart M Kaminsky has died in St Louis, Missouri, at the age of 75.

The author, who penned works such as 2006's Blood on the Sun, passed away on October 9th after suffering a stroke and complications from hepatitis.

Kaminsky's 1977 novel, Bullet for a Star, was the first of more than 70 mostly detective novels, with the author eventually writing four distinct series set in Los Angeles, Chicago, Florida and Russia.

In recognition of his work, Mystery Writers of America named him a 'grand master' in 2006.

As well as detective fiction, Kaminsky wrote several non-fiction books on film directors such as Ingmar Bergman, Don Siegel and Clint Eastwood and wrote dialogue for Sergio Leone's Once Upon a Time in America.

Fellow mystery author Sara Paretsky told the Chicago Tribune: 'He was incredibly productive as a writer, always exploring new forms and new ways to tell stories.'

In a past interview with January Magazine, Kaminsky revealed that he wrote five novels before Bullet for a Star was published and only crafted his debut when he found himself 'with nothing to do' one summer.

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