Soho Crime, Hardcover, 9781616954291, 400pp.
Publication Date: July 15, 2014
It's everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley's top executive crook, sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, ensuring that the hitter doesn t know who hired him. But one day Wattles finds his office safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper on which he has written the names of the crooks in the chain. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can approach to solve his problem is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks.
But Junior already knows exactly who took Wattles's list: the signature is too obvious. It was Herbie Mott, Junior's burglar mentor and when Junior seeks him out to discuss the missing list, he finds Herbie very unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the links in the chain back toward the killer, and as he does, he learns disturbing secrets from Herbie's hidden past.
Praise for Herbie's Game
"A whirligig of a caper... Junior, drop by anytime. The valuables will be in plain sight."
—Bill Ott, Booklist
Praise for the Junior Bender series
"Everything I've come to expect in a Hallinan novel: indelible, complex characters; fantastic plot; and moments of hold-your-breath suspense."
"Bender's quick wit and smart mouth make him a boon companion on this oddball adventure."
—New York Times Book Review
"Could not stop laughing. Tim Hallinan is sharp as a blade, has a wicked eye for human nature and keeps the reader guessing and rooting for Junior Bender all the way."
"Great narrative voice, complex plot, 3-D characters. Hallinan's deft comic tone and colorful characters have earned him comparisons to Donald Westlake and Carl Hiaasen. Check it out now."
"If Carl Hiaasen and Donald Westlake had a literary love child, he would be Timothy Hallinan."
"A modern-day successor to Raymond Chandler."
—Los Angeles Daily News