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Crashed (Junior Bender Series #1)

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    If you enjoy shows like ¿Burn Notice¿ and ¿White Collar¿ then yo

    If you enjoy shows like ‘Burn Notice’ and ‘White Collar’ then you will love this book. Junior is funny, smart and doesn’t have a filter between his brain and his mouth. Hallinan creates the perfect balance between dirt bag crime and intelligent crime. Junior has no desire to walk away from the life that he has, but he doesn’t hide it from his daughter either. They have a surprisingly open relationship. This story isn’t quite a mystery, it isn’t quite a who-dun-it, but there is plenty of suspense, car chases, and witty fun to keep you entertained.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 21, 2013

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    There is a wide variety of protagonists in the mystery genre, bu

    There is a wide variety of protagonists in the mystery genre, but Timothy Hallinan has come up with an unexpected and different one: a professional burglar. Junior Bender has been a thief, breaking into homes for 17 years, since he was 14, often on a contract someone pays him to obtain a desired object. Moreover, he is an intelligent, well-read character, always thinking.

    Junior is hired, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee from the home of another gangster. He is then blackmailed into helping her produce a porno film starring Thistle Downing, once the darling child star of a popular TV sitcom, now a down-and-out doped-up has-been. It appears someone is attempting to sabotage the movie, and Trey wants Junior to find out who and to help make the film possible. So much for the plot. It’s what follows that keeps the reader turning pages with its out-of-the-blue developments and amusing dialogue and situations.

    Originally published as an e-book, the novel is the first of a three-book deal with the publisher (with the third one due out in June), and the TV rights have been sold to Lionsgate. Quite a send-off for a new series. No wonder the author turned from the just as popular Poke Rafferty series to concentrate on Junior Bender. Both series have in common very original protagonists, lots of humor, stirring stories and extraordinary twists. And now, for this reader, the second novel in the series, “Little Elvises.“

    Recommended.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 8, 2013

    Very enjoyable

    This is a very upbeat book despite the fact that it deals with drugs and porn and the downward slide of a child star. The characters are unusual and quirky, yet nicely defined.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Recommend

    Enjoyed spending my down time with this book. Will watch for #2.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 12, 2013

    Good one

    I enjoyed the book and look forward to hearing more about Junior Bender. This is a good character.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 26, 2013

    Loved Junior.  Looking forward to reading about his other advent

    Loved Junior.  Looking forward to reading about his other adventures.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 25, 2013

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2013

    Random find, GOOD READ!

    I was not expecting such a good book. I am proud to call myself a fan of Timothy Hallinan.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2014

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    Tim Hallinan wrote the quote above in the ¿Author¿s Note¿ to the

    Tim Hallinan wrote the quote above in the “Author’s Note” to the first book in his new series featuring Junior Bender ("Burglar to the Stars") in Los Angeles. For those readers unfamiliar with Hallinan’s work, he has written a series set in Thailand featuring Poke Rafferty, a travel writer with a heart of gold and karma to burn. Rafferty makes a lot of sense (and friends) defending the underdog in unequal transactions and seems to grasp the essentially welcoming Thai society is not as morally deficient as it is painted by some critics, but has a strong sense of values that are easily transgressed by unwitting or unthinking Westerners.

    In the Junior Bender series Hallinan turns his eagle eye on Los Angeles for a change. The reader can tell he is having a blast with the range of folks and the shifting sense of morality he encountered there. Hallinan still has a strong instinct for protecting the underdog: witness his lack of judgment about the drug addiction of his latest fictional charge, a young female actress on a downward spiral snookered into making a porn film. These are verboten subjects in Western educated circles but Hallinan doesn’t let it faze him. He has the “come to me with your handicaps” generosity of the Dalai or the Pope. And if those two men of god will fix your afterlife, Hallinan, and his henchman Junior Bender, will fix the here-and-now.

    The pace in this novel is fast—the whole thing takes place in a couple of sleepless days (the reader may experience this also)-- and the subject matter is edgy. California is once again on the leading edge in reformulating “moral man.” But everybody is a crook of some sort, as Hallinan said in the opening quote to this review, so one has to roll with the attitude and take the material for the laughs. Moral insights are there, however, as they always are with Hallinan’s books, which makes it thought-provoking and good discussion material. How far would we be willing to go, given the same constraints or circumstances?

    Check out the genesis of this series on Timot Hallinan’s website. Hallinan is a man who doesn’t let a little negativity let him down. When his long-time publisher didn’t want an L.A. series, Hallinan self-published until Soho Crime picked him up. Now he has sold the film rights and the audio rights. But he’s got it going on now.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

    i like sex

    I like sex !!!!!!!!

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted June 4, 2014

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2012

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    I would like to read the book but i havent had time i read the first part but i dont understand it.

    0 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 15, 2012

    Is this book good?

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    0 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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