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Stuart Kaminsky, Mystery Writer, Dead

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ST. LOUIS — Prolific mystery writer Stuart Kaminsky, whose 70 books included one that the Mystery Writers of America deemed the best mystery novel of 1989, has died at a hospital here. He was 75.

Kaminsky had suffered from hepatitis C and moved to St. Louis earlier this year awaiting a liver transplant. But a stroke shortly after the move made him ineligible for the transplant, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported Tuesday.

Both the Mystery Writers of America and Barnes-Jewish Hospital confirmed his death Friday.

The native Chicagoan also had taught film and film history at Northwestern University and Florida State University. He lived in Sarasota, Fla., from 1988 to 2009.

But he was perhaps best known for his books. His son, Peter Kaminsky, told the newspaper that the author grew up reading Dashiell Hammett and Raymond Chandler and began writing himself as a boy.

He published his first novel, "Bullet for a Star," in 1977. The Mystery Writers of America honored one of his works, "A Cold Red Sunrise," as the best mystery novel of 1989.

His nonfiction books included "Clint Eastwood," "John Huston," and "Coop: The Life and Legend of Gary Cooper."

A graveside service was held Monday.

His survivors include his wife, mother and four children.

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Information from: St. Louis Post-Dispatch, http://www.stltoday.com

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