By Timothy Hallinan
Soho Press: Jan 29 2013
I’m delighted to see that Junior Bender has returned in another fun, action packed, but sometimes thoughtful detective novel. If you haven’t read the first book in the series, Crashed, make sure that you get a hold of a copy and read it too. You will enjoy that book also. Take a look at my review of Crashed that I wrote last November. A Review of Crashed by Timothy Hallinan
In this story, you see a little deeper into the human side of Junior. He has found a woman, Ronnie, that he thinks he is starting to have feelings for. He spends a lot of time with his thirteen year old daughter, Rina, and has to figure out how to deal with her male friend, Tyrone, and how to explain his relationship with Ronnie to Rina, when he isn’t really sure where it’s going himself.
Meanwhile, he is dodging someone in a huge Humvee that is trying to kill him, as he tries to figure out who killed an investigative reporter, Derek Bigelow, who was also a blackmailer. If he can’t solve this murder, a crooked cop, DiGaudio, is going set him up as a fall guy for an armed robbery of an elderly, wealthy, Beverly Hills couple. Junior is screwed if he can’t figure this out quickly because the DA is looking for a rapid resolution to this high-profile case.
Mr. Hallinan knows how to write. He keeps you engaged and wanting to keep reading, even when you need to do something else, so leave yourself a few hours and enjoy another Junior Bender adventure. I give this book 5 stars out of 5 and a big thumbs up. Just read “Little Elvises“, you will enjoy it.
I received this book for free from NetGalley.com.
Junior Bender untangles one of the weirdest mysteries in Tinseltown
LA burglar Junior Bender has (unfortunately) developed a reputation as a competent private investigator for crooks. The unfortunate part about this is that regardless of whether he solves the crime or not, someone dangerous is going to be unhappy with him, either his suspect or his employer.
Now Junior is being bullied into proving aging music industry mogul Vinnie DiGaudio is innocent of the murder of a nasty tabloid journalist he’d threatened to kill a couple times. It doesn’t help that the dead journalist’s widow is one pretty lady, and she’s trying to get Junior to mix pleasure with business. Just as the investigation is spiraling out of control, Junior’s hard-drinking landlady begs him to solve the disappearance of her daughter, who got involved with a very questionable character. And, worst news of all, both Junior’s ex-wife and his thirteen-year-old daughter, Rina, seem to have new boyfriends. What a mess.
Hardcover: 347 pages
Publisher: Soho Crime (January 29, 2013)
Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 1.1 x 7.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces
About the Author
2011 Edgar Nominee Timothy Hallinan has written ten published novels, all thrillers, all critically praised.
In the 1990s he wrote six mysteries featuring the erudite private eye Simeon Grist, beginning with “The Four Last Things,” which made several Ten Best lists, including that of The Drood Review. The other books in the series were widely and well reviewed, and several of them were optioned for motion pictures. The series is now regarded as a cult favorite.
In 2007, the first of his Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, “A Nail Through the Heart”, was published to unanimously enthusiastic reviews. “Hallinan scores big-time,” said Kirkus Reviews, which went on to call the book “dark, often funny, and ultimately enthralling.” “Nail” was a Booksense Pick of the Month and was named one of the top mysteries of the year by The Japan Times and several major online review sites.
Rafferty’s Bangkok adventures continued with “The Fourth Watcher” (2008) and “Breathing Water” (2009), both of which also appeared on “year’s best” lists. New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart said about the 2010 book, “The Queen of Patpong,” “You won’t read a better thriller this year,” and Ken Bruen said, “John Burdett writes about Bangkok. Tim Hallinan is Bangkok. I adore this book.”
Hallinan has written full-time since 2006. Since 1982 he has divided his time between Los Angeles and Southeast Asia, the setting for his Poke Rafferty novels.
The book description and author information is from Amazon. Little Elvises (Junior Bender #2)