This first book in a new series by Timothy Hallinan is very enjoyable trip though the darker, seamer side of Hollywood. It is populated with many crooks and other dubious characters. You will be won over by some of them and wish that some of them would become fish food, but you will enjoy every twist and turn this story brings. If you are a fan of Elvis Cole or Bernie Rhodenbarr, make sure that you put this new novel on the top of your Christmas List.
Book Description from the Publisher
Release Date: November 13, 2012 | Series: A Junior Bender Mystery
Introducing Junior Bender, the favorite burglar-turned-private investigator of Hollywood crooks
Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses when he was fourteen years old, he’s never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years of an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey’s porn movie venture, which someone keeps sabotaging. The star Trey has lined up to do all that’s unwholesome on camera is Thistle Downing, America’s beloved child star, who now lives alone in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. Her starring role will be the scandalous fall-from-grace gossip of rubber-neckers across the country. No wonder Trey needs help keeping the production on track.
Junior knows what that he should do—get Thistle out and find her help—but doing the right thing will land him on the wrong side of LA’s scariest mob boss. With the help of his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, Rina, and his criminal sidekick, Louie the Lost (an ex-getaway driver), Junior has to figure out a miracle solution.
Hardcover: 356 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime (November 13, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
About the Author
Timothy Hallinan has lived, on and off, in Southeast Asia for more than 25 years. He wrote songs and sang in a rock band while in college, and many of his songs were recorded by well-known artists who included the platinum-selling group Bread. He began writing books while enjoying a successful career in the television industry. Over the past fourteen years he has been responsible for a number of well-reviewed novels and a nonfiction book on Charles Dickens. For years he has taught a course on “Finishing the Novel” with remarkable results – more than half his students complete their first novel and go on to a second, and several have been, or are about to be, published. Tim currently maintains a house in Santa Monica, California, and apartments in Bangkok, Thailand; and Phnom Penh, Cambodia. He is lucky enough to be married to Munyin Choy-Hallinan.
A message from Tim
2012 has been a great year.I moved to Soho Crime for the fifth Poke Rafferty book, The Fear Artist, and the book earned stars from three of the four publishing trades that give stars to the books they like best. Oh, and it was just named one of the Best Crime Novels of 2012 by Deadly Pleasures magazine and got some of the best reviews of my career.
And then lightning struck my ebook series about the Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender. First, Soho acquired them for publishing. Then the series was bought for film by Lionsgate and for audio by Blackstone. The first book in the series, Crashed, will come out on November 13 of this year, with Little Elvises scheduled for January 2013 and The Fame Thief set for June—three books in less than seven months.
Looking forward to 2013.