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Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses at age fourteen, he's never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years building 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 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 rubberneckers across the country. No wonder Trey needs help keeping the production on track.
Junior knows what he should do - 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, ex-getaway driver Louie the Lost, Junior will have to pull off a miracle to get out of this mess.
Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar - and Macavity Award - nominated author of over a dozen widely praised books, including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender series. In 2010 he conceived and edited an e-book of original short stories by twenty mystery writers, Shaken: Stories for Japan, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Japanese disaster relief.
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By MidwestGeek on 02-18-13
Sympathetic thief. Fun read. Exemplary narration.
I enjoyed this light read because of its humor and its convoluted plot. Yes, it strains credibility, but this is not great literature, just recreational reading that is much enhanced by the quality of the narration. I enjoy mysteries in which the hero is himself a criminal. This reminded me of the classic series by Richard Stark featuring Parker, although Junior is not nearly so ruthless. After all, he has a daughter he loves and and an ex-wife he hopes to win back. He's a little bit disarming in his forthrightness. I can imagine his going to a parent-teacher conference and, responding to his daughter's query about what he does for a living, that he is a professional thief. I look forward to the next in the series.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
By Gregory on 05-24-13
I love this book
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
The writing has extremely interesting with very creative banter that makes listening even more enjoyable. Great characters and great interaction. It's a serious story with a good bit of situational humor. A smart crook with a conscience has to be funny sometimes but the other characters are equally as interesting. The narration sounded a little annoying at first, not your normal voice, but easy to get used to, quickly, and then you find out he is actually quite good. Excellent story and he makes the implausible plausible.
Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?
Yes, because you are never quite sure who is on what side or where this is going.
Which character – as performed by Peter Berkrot – was your favorite?
Tough choice but Junior or Thistle. Both are smart, tough and in your face, take no prisoners kind of people. Total honesty with complete disregard for the consequences. Easy to admire and helps make the story interesting.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Any additional comments?
Bought this on a chance without knowing author or narrator. One of my better guesses. Read reviews of other Junior Bender mysteries and apparently you want to chose carefully, can't hit a home run every time I guess, but both my wife and I thoroughly enjoyed our trip more thanks to this book.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful