The Fala Factor
Date: July 2021
Duration: 7 hours 18 minutes
Working in Hollywood, private eye Toby Peters has met a lot of phonies. But his newest case concerns a four-legged faker who threatens the fate of the free world. A few classy dames have crossed the detective's doorstep, but none can touch the hem of the dress of the First Lady herself, Eleanor Roosevelt, who's come to him on a matter of top-secret national security.
Six months after Pearl Harbor, Mrs. Roosevelt has developed a terrible suspicion. She thinks the president's sprightly Scottish terrier, Fala, has been kidnapped and replaced by an imposter, and she wants Peters to find the real rover-for without him, all may be lost.
As usual, the First Lady is right. Peters learns that the presidential pooch is the linchpin in a fiendish plot against the White House. Fortunately, this old detective has learned some new tricks, and he has no intention of rolling over and playing dead.
Featuring a cameo by Buster Keaton, this Toby Peters mystery is further proof that Edgar Award-winning author Stuart M. Kaminsky 'has a delightfully original mind enriching-rather than borrowing from-an old literary form' (Los Angeles Times).