The Zyratron Affair, by Joe Nowlan
Zyratron—“Star” of 1960s horror movies made in Japan, met with minimal success. The producers marketed figurines of the robot-like monster but, like the movies, figurine sales bombed. But now newer audiences see them as hilariously awful and campishly enjoyable. Consequently, the few remaining Zyratrons are so coveted that someone in Boston is stealing them and killing their owners.
Adding to the confusion, imitation Zyratrons have emerged, confounding the thieves and murderers as well as photographer Ben Hudson, his Boston Banner colleagues, the Boston Police ... eventually, even the FBI.