Junior Bender Mystery: Nighttown


. . . And he’s in the dark. Again. While (like most burglars) he’s used to the dark, this is too dark even for him. An abandoned mansion, humming with malice and reeking of baby powder, photographs of ghosts on the walls . . . what’s to like? Happy Halloween!

Early reaction has been great:

It’s an AMAZON Top Ten pick for November.

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

“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.”
The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

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

“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

“This well-plotted and beguiling thriller is the seventh in the excellent series featuring the clever and compassionate burglar.”
—Stop, You’re Killing Me


Fools' River. . . Poke Rafferty’s worst 48 hours ever, a tight knot of dangerous situations and a baby on the way—maybe.

“Absorbing . . . The more we learn about the people in Fools’ River, the more we care about them” . . .. And there’s Poke himself, his “emotions . . . so close to the surface [you] can almost see them moving around under his skin. All too human or not, Poke proves up to correcting the wrongs he sets out to right.”
  —The Wall Street Journal

“Outstanding . . . Fans of hard-boiled detective fiction will feel right at home.”
  —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review


“ . . . a bravura performance . . . . A gripping thriller, yes, but one that never loses the rhythm of its characters’ beating hearts.”
Booklist, Starred Review


“[Hallinan] ups his always high-level game . . . Masterful subplots and nuances abound.”
BookPage, Top Pick 

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