Skin Deep Everything but the Squeal

Skin Deep

For a fee so big he can't turn it down, Simeon is hired to watchdog the kind of guy he'd usually prefer to throw through the nearest window. Toby Vane is the golden boy of prime-time TV, whose gee-whiz smile and chiseled features are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the lucrative syndication market. But Toby has a dark side that would take the shine off for his millions of adoring female fans: every now and then he beats up a woman, and almost any woman will do. When some of the women around Toby begin to turn up dead, Simeon has to figure out whether he's protecting a murderer – or whether one of Toby's multitude of enemies wants to put him away forever. And when Simeon meets the beautiful Nana, the whole situation becomes very personal, very fast.

Gutsy, vibrant . . . a sharp noir L.A. Portrait. (Kirkus Reviews)

Riveting, action-packed . . . Hallinan's best yet. (Library Journal)

A genuine, hard-boiled whodunit with plenty of motives, cagey suspects, and secret past lives. (Booklist)

A welcome visit from an old, tough friend . . . Hallinan does a great job . . . Excellent! (Chicago Tribune)

The third . . . Simeon Grist makes me eager to go back and catch up on the first two. (The Indianapolis News)

A modern successor to Raymond Chandler. (Los Angeles Daily News)