Dancing in the DarkStuart M. Kaminsky
Dancing in the Dark
To save a film star’s fingers, Toby Peters gives dance lessons
Fred Astaire has a headache named Luna. The moll of a well-known Los Angeles gangster, Luna has demanded dance lessons from Hollywood’s finest hoofer, and whatever Luna wants, Luna gets. But after two lessons with the lead-footed lady, Astaire tires of her making passes at him, and hires famously discreet private investigator Toby Peters to break the news gently. Trouble is, Luna and her boyfriend—nicknamed “Fingers” because he likes to cut them off—don’t take bad news well. To protect the star’s digits, Toby attempts to pass himself off as a dance instructor. For his troubles, he earns a spanking from Fingers and a promise of more pain if Astaire doesn’t come around. Not long after, Luna surfaces with a cut throat, never to dance again.
Toby may not be a dancer, but to escape this deadly mire he has no choice but to stay nimble and keep his feet moving.