Herbie's Game (Junior Bender Mystery #4) (Hardcover)

By Timothy Hallinan

Soho Crime, 9781616954291, 400pp.

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

List Price: 25.00*
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August 2014 Indie Next List

“Amiable burglar Junior Bender is forced to chase down a stolen list of names before everyone on it ends up dead. First to fall is Junior's mentor and surrogate father, Herbie, who stole the list in the first place. This delightful mystery poses the question: Do we ever really know the people we love, and do we need to know everything in order to love them?”
— Lisa Wright, Oblong Books And Music,LLC., Millerton, NY
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Junior Bender, the clown prince of crime fiction, returns in his most hardboiled adventure yet--a tale that will take Junior Bender deep into a murderous conspiracy in present day Los Angeles and uncover an increasingly confusing legacy of his burglar-mentor, Herbie Mott, who until very recently was always one-step-ahead of just about everybody.

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.

About the Author

Timothy Hallinan is the Lefty Award-winning and Edgar-, Shamus-, and Macavity-nominated author of sixteen widely praised books, including The Fear Artist, Crashed, Little Elvises, and The Fame Thief. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.

Praise For Herbie's Game (Junior Bender Mystery #4)

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."
—Charlaine Harris
"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."
—Helen Simonson
"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."
—Nancy Pearl
"If Carl Hiaasen and Donald Westlake had a literary love child, he would be Timothy Hallinan."
—Julia Spencer-Fleming
"A modern-day successor to Raymond Chandler."
Los Angeles Daily News
"Dangerously outrageous."
Associated Press