In the fourth Simeon Grist novel, the erudite Los Angeles private eye does a favor for the family of his sometimes-girlfriend, Eleanor Chan, and goes looking for two children who vanished in Chinatown. He quickly learns that he's gone straight through the looking glass and into a world where grieving parents are afraid to contact the police, where fear is the teacher and power is the law, where helpless people are shipped from China to America like so many pairs of shoes and forced into lives of toil and submission. He's perilously out of his element, drawn into a back-alley nightmare of tong wars, slavery, and murder – forced to play by rules he doesn't understand for the highest stakes of all.
Some of the best mystery reading of the year. Hallinan's story is sheer genius, with a highly original plot, snappy dialogue . . . memorable characters . . . and enough chills and thrills to catch the attention of the most jaded reader. (Booklist)
A modern successor to Raymond Chandler . . . Hallinan writes with humor and insight. He has a good eye for detail and sketches all the scary shadows of nighttime Hollywood. (Los Angeles Daily News)
Timely, suspenseful, and exciting – Timothy Hallinan and Simeon Grist have done it again. (Best-selling novelist Sidney Sheldon)
One of the best P.I. Novels I've read in a long time. (Edgar Award-winner Julie Smith)
Drawn with master strokes . . . take this wickedly funny, dangerous tour into the secret world of Asian Los Angeles. You'll never forget it. Edgar Award-winner Wendy Hornsby,
The Paramour's Daughter
The Man with No Time stands head and shoulders above most mysteries published this year. (Austin Daily Herald)