Books by Timothy Hallinan

Released: Oct. 25, 2016

"A plum pudding stuffed with cynical disillusionment, organized and disorganized crime, two Santas, a seasonal miracle, and an ending that earns every bit of its uplift."
An unexpectedly rich Christmas gift: the chance to spend the holidays in a fading suburban Los Angeles shopping mall with Junior Bender, the burglar who moonlights as a "detective for crooks." Read full book review >
KING MAYBE by Timothy Hallinan
Released: April 12, 2016

"Junior's sixth sense keeps warning him that he's being set up, and it's on the money every single time. Fans who don't mind his ritualistically repeated failures will eat up his adventures among Hollywood types whose moral senses are even more primitive than his."
This fifth larcenous adventure for Junior Bender (Herbie's Game, 2014, etc.) is aptly described in the closing Author's Note as "a show-business book that [is] essentially all burglaries. Plus Suley."Read full book review >
FOR THE DEAD by Timothy Hallinan
Released: Nov. 4, 2014

"'You can't live for the dead,' Rafferty keeps getting reminded. His latest adventure is a compelling demonstration of just how untrue that is and a stirring account of his strenuous attempts to live for the living."
The human vermin who infest Bangkok inch ever closer to travel writer Poke Rafferty's growing family. Read full book review >
HERBIE'S GAME by Timothy Hallinan
Released: July 15, 2014

"As usual, Hallinan devotes such loving attention to a host of minor characters, all framed by Junior's deadpan narrative, that the whodunit is the least important ingredient in this shaggy, overstuffed caper."
When a crook is burgled, it's not a good day for anybody. Read full book review >
LITTLE ELVISES by Timothy Hallinan
Released: Jan. 29, 2013

"Versatile Hallinan (The Fear Artist, 2012, etc.) provides a wealth of seamy types, past and present, and a thousand hard-boiled similes for his second-string Philip Marlowe."
In Hallinan's Los Angeles, where everyone leans on everyone else, investigator/thief Junior Bender gets leaned on good. Read full book review >
THE FEAR ARTIST by Timothy Hallinan
Released: July 17, 2012

"As usual (The Queen of Patpong, 2010, etc.), the real star of the show is the hero's hometown. As Rafferty observes, 'Bangkok may not be glamorous…but it's got lurid down cold.'"
A dead man who crumples onto his lap pulls travel writer Poke Rafferty once more down into Bangkok's dank underbelly. Read full book review >
THE QUEEN OF PATPONG by Timothy Hallinan
Released: Aug. 17, 2010

"Hallinan's unlikely hero shines in this sometimes funny, always engrossing and undeniably authentic story that explores a dark and fascinating side of Thailand."
Hallinan (Breathing Water, 2009, etc.) takes his Poke Rafferty series to the next level with this taut, offbeat and fast-moving thriller that focuses on Bangkok's red-light district and sex trade. Read full book review >
BREATHING WATER by Timothy Hallinan
Released: Aug. 18, 2009

"Never lags for intrigue as it interweaves the lives of Thai street children with a tale of political power gone bad."
Half Filipino, half-American travel writer and unlikely action hero Poke Rafferty (The Fourth Watcher, 2008, etc.) once again gives in to his penchant for finding trouble on the streets of Bangkok. Read full book review >
Released: July 1, 2008

"Although not quite as compelling as the first Rafferty outing, this book features an unlikely but likable hero and provides readers with an informed glimpse into a world they are not likely to otherwise experience."
Hallinan (A Nail Through the Heart, 2007, etc.) returns with another thriller featuring the Bangkok-based ex-pat with a penchant for landing himself on the business end of a gun. Read full book review >
A NAIL THROUGH THE HEART by Timothy Hallinan
Released: July 1, 2007

"Dark, often funny and ultimately enthralling."
Mystery writer Hallinan (The Bone Polisher, 1995, etc.) scores big-time with a fast-moving thriller set in Thailand. Read full book review >
THE BONE POLISHER by Timothy Hallinan
Released: April 1, 1995

"Simeon's sixth case is as stylishly rough-hewn as ever, and as aglitter with unearthly vignettes—from a wedding on the police firing range to a visit with a little girl who's been watching entirely too much TV."
Long-retired actor Max Grover can see the future of each of the young men he takes in off the streets, but he has no idea that his own future will be violent and brief. Read full book review >
A MAN WITH NO TIME by Timothy Hallinan
Released: July 22, 1993

"If you can handle the rough stuff: a lippy, fast-paced read."
Hard-boiled Simeon Grist (Incinerator, etc.) now rushes in to help longtime love Eleanor Chan when her niece and nephew are kidnapped for what seem (to Grist) inscrutable Chinese reasons—but clearly the Chan family knows something and clearly it involves Uncle Lo, also missing. Read full book review >
INCINERATOR by Timothy Hallinan
Released: March 22, 1992

"Otherwise: just one more serial killer."
The fourth Simeon Grist p.i. mystery (Skin Deep, etc.), which would be little more than routine were it not for the esoteric fire references bandied about by the torcher of Skid Row derelicts who's known to the police as ``the Crisper'' (though he himself prefers the name ``Incinerator''). Read full book review >
SKIN DEEP by Timothy Hallinan
Released: April 29, 1991

"Gutsy, vibrant language and narrative drive, for a sharp noir L.A. portrait, but women may find the subject exploitive."
Third in the lippy, seamy-side-of-L.A. series featuring p.i. Read full book review >