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By (author): Timothy Hallinan
9781641290913 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Mystery & Detective / Amateur Sleuth Oct 08, 2019
$19.95 CAD
Active 5 x 7.5 in 384 pages Soho Press Soho Crime
“Exceedingly funny…this one’s good for what ails you.”The New York Times  

Reluctant P.I. to the perfidious, 
Junior Bender, may be L.A.’s smoothest operator but when he breaks one of the cardinal rules of burglary (don’t take scores that you’re being paid way too much for) he finds himself once again on the wrong side of, well, the wrong side.

Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender has a rule about never taking a job that pays too well: in the criminal underworld, if you’re offered more money than a job is worth, someone is going to end up dead. But he’s bending his rule this one time because he and his girlfriend, Ronnie, are in desperate need of cash to hire a kidnapper to snatch Ronnie’s two-year-old son back from her ex. The whole thing is pretty complicated and has Junior on edge.
The parameters of the job do nothing to calm his nerves. A nameless woman in an orange wig has offered Junior fifty grand—twenty-five up front—to break into the abandoned house of a recently deceased 97-year-old recluse, Daisy Horton, and steal a doll from her collection. Junior knows no doll is worth 50K, so he figures there must be something hidden inside the doll that can get him in a heap of trouble. It doesn’t take long for Junior to realize he’s not the only one looking for the doll. When an old friend ends up murdered, Junior decides he will stop at nothing to figure out who the woman in the orange wig is, and why she wants the doll badly enough to leave a trail of bodies in her wake.

Story Locale: Los Angeles, CA

Series Overview: Junior Bender is an LA burglar with an unwanted side career of solving crimes for folks on the wrong side of the law—many of them in show business

CRITICALLY ACCLAIMED: Readers and critics alike give this series high praise.

LOVEABLE CRIMINALS: The backdrop of a splashy Los Angeles is perfect for the cast of characters: wisecracking thieves, grifters, and murderers that are as much loveable as they are devious.

LAUGH-OUT-LOUD FUNNY: Junior Bender mysteries are known for their tongue-in-cheek humor.

ENGAGED AUTHOR: Author has engaged social media presence

Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity, and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of twenty-two widely praised books, including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, most recently Fools’ River, and the Junior Bender Hollywood burglar mysteries, including Herbie’s Game, winner of the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He lives in California and Thailand.

Author Residence: Santa Monica, CA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA; Washington, DC

Marketing: Series-wide promotion on our mystery vertical,, with corresponding digital spend.

Digital advertising to fans of crime fiction, funny mysteries.

Digital advertising to a targetted intersection of Los Angeles and other metro areas, crime, fiction, and funny stories.

Advertising in CRIMESPREE, MYSTERY SCENE, THE STRAND and digtially with other crime and mystery fiction outlets—both individual to this title and imprint-wide.

Publicity: The Junior Bender series is one of the most critically praised on our list. Nearly every installment has ended up with multiple national-level reviews, not to mention wound-up on a diverse run of “Best of the Year” lists, ranging from Publishers Weekly to NPR.

Author Website:

Finalist for the 2019 Nero Award

Praise for Nighttown

“Exceedingly funny…this one’s good for what ails you.”
—Marilyn Stasio, New York Times 

“If you enjoy the ironic wit and criminal adventures of Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr, then you’ll want to read Timothy Hallinan’s Nighttown. Junior Bender is one of my favorite fictional felons and Hallinan is a writer with the kind of heart and healthy cynicism that I admire.”  
—Carole E. Barrowman, the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

“Hallinan’s top-notch prose and plotting are reminiscent of Lawrence Block and Elmore Leonard.”
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“Nothing puts a smile on my face or chuckle in my heart like a new Junior Bender book. Always fresh and ever insightful, Hallinan delivers pleasure reading in its purest form.” 
Tim Tigner, author of Pushing Brilliance

“Everybody’s go-to burglar in LA, takes on another job that doesn’t smell right—it fairly reeks of talcum powder—and lives to regret it early and often…Highly readable.”
—Kirkus Reviews

“[Nighttown] packs an unexpected wallop, which resonates long after the last (and highly satisfying) sentence is read.”

“A not-to-miss mystery…Hallinan is easily one of the most entertaining crime writers in the business today.” 
—New York Journal of Books

“Are you a fan of Donald Westlake’s caper books, or the first series from Bethany Maines with its side-splitting moments among makeup experts who ride on the wild side? Here’s what you’ve been waiting for: exquisitely plotted action and twists, with conversation and commentary so dryly funny that those pee-proof panties advertised on TV should be sold with the book in some regions.”
—Kingdom Books

“Tightly plotted and fast-paced… Nighttown is the real deal.”
—Kittling Books 

“This novel was extremely intriguing, suspenseful, and mysterious. It is highly recommended reading.”
—The Gumshoe Review

“Humor is a hallmark of the Junior Bender series, and this latest title is no exception.” 

Praise for Fields Where They Lay

Kirkus & Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A BookPage Top Pick

“Burglar Junior Bender may just be our favorite literary PI.”
—Entertainment Weekly

“West Coast fun for the noir at heart.” 
Sunday Times

“Slick sleuthing, a touching romance and several good laughs.” 
—Toronto Star 

“Comparisons to Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake are totally deserved and should give you a clue as to whether you’ll like this book as much as I did.” 
—Raleigh News & Observer 

“Hallinan deserves to win an Edgar for his ingeniously plotted, often hilarious sixth Junior Bender novel.” 
Publishers Weekly, Starred Review 

“Nobody does comic mystery with an edge better than Hallinan.” 
Booklist, Starred Review

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