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Library Journal★ 06/01/2014
Professional burglar Junior Bender has taken a case seeking an incriminating cheat sheet that sequentially names the criminals (like a chain letter) involved in a murder for hire. Troublingly, Junior's mentor and father figure, Herbie Mott, seems to be a part of this chain and he has died violently. Junior is devastated by his loss, but he must race to figure out where the list is hidden while making sure his nearest and dearest are safe. Disliking the new information he's learning about Herbie, Junior has a bit of a life crisis out in Los Angeles's San Fernando Valley. Thus it takes a while for Junior to connect his dots, but most assuredly he does so with verve and style. And he grows up a little, too. VERDICT Devoted fans of Hallinan's rollicking L.A.-based series will grab up number four (after The Fame Thief). While the author excels at comedic prose and intricate plotting, this entry is more reflective than earlier titles. Although victims fall left and right, Hallinan somehow keeps it light.