Herbie's Game (Junior Bender Series #4)

Herbie's Game (Junior Bender Series #4)

by Timothy Hallinan
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Herbie's Game 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Timothy Hallinan continues his satisfying Junior Bender series. Eat em like candy.
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I'm a big Tim Hallinan fan and I honestly think this may well be his best effort to date. As usual, in all Hallinan efforts, the pace is blistering, the action hot and heavy, but in between, Tim pauses to offer such wonderful insights, funny moments and in-depth knowledge of a wide variety of subjects that I'm always intrigued. Can't wait to see what he comes up with next.
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
In an Afterword to his newest book, the author discloses that he was asked by the publisher to write a 30,000-word Junior Bender novella, which started out being a tale of a burglary which netted our protagonist some interesting pieces of jewelry. Instead he ended up writing a novel three times as long in which those brooches merely serve as sort of end pieces to an entirely different theme. Junior, a kind of detective to the underworld, is retained by a mastermind criminal to find out who broke into his office and stole a piece of paper. And to recover that list. The identity of the culprit is obvious to Junior, since he left his “calling card” by leaving everything open. So, Junior heads for his mentor’s home only to find Herbie Mott (who not only taught Junior everything he knows about his “profession,” but was a surrogate father as well) beaten and dead. It’s obvious his attackers were after that same piece of paper, which was a list of intermediaries who served to eventually pass along instructions to a hit man. Thus begins a long trek, as Junior follows the chain in an attempt to discover who was the intended target of the hit. In reviewing the prior novel in the series, I pointed out that Junior was less amusing than he had been in the first two installments. Unfortunately, I felt that he was even less so in this, the fourth. While “Herbie’s Game” is a serious attempt to look at Junior more meaningfully, and we do gain a deeper insight into his personality and character, it is not the Junior we have come to love. Nevertheless, as it stands, it is a novel that keeps one’s interest, and it is recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Of Hallinan's three series, I think the Junior Bender books are my favorite. As the series progresses, Junior's character becomes more complex and real to me. I believe that this book is the best of the series so far. All of the usual oddities are there, but there is also more of Junior's backstory. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
RonnaL More than 1 year ago
Is there such a thing as honor amongst thieves and hit men?  It would seem so in Hallinan's series about Junior Bender, whose friend and mentor, Herbie, has taught him everything he knows about breaking into places and choosing the right things to take from others.  Now years later, Junior is also an investigator on behalf of crooks, who for good reasons, aren't comfortable with going to the cops.  Waddles has devised a scheme that insures that no one would be able to finger him as the person setting up a "hit".  He created a chain of people to pass along money, and only the next name on the list--eventually, giving the last envelope to the hit man with his pay and the name of the person to be killed.  But he also wrote this chain out and placed the list in his safe.  Someone has robbed him of this list and Junior is hired to find the culprit. Junior realizes that Herbie was the thief but when he goes to talk to him , he finds Herbie has been tortured to death.  Now Junior is on a crusade to find out what happened.  In the process, more crook acquaintances are found dead.  This sends Junior into a philosophical journey into his life thus far--including his relationship with his ex, his daughter, and his present girlfriend.  Though this is a serious subject, Hallinan puts a wonderfully humorous twist onto the whole story. Reading this book is somewhat like watching a thunderstorm.  It feels beautiful and dangerous at the same time.  His quips and rationalizations are laugh out loud funny but often brilliant too.  Hallinan's writing reminds me of Laurence Block's Burglar series with a large helping of Lorna Lutts and Carl Hiaasen.   Now to go back and read the first three installments of this series!