Jun 18, 2014

Herbie's Game by Timothy Hallinan: Waiting on Wednesday

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Herbie's Game: Junior Bender Mystery #4 by Timothy Hallinan
To be published July 15, 2014; Soho Crime

Junior Bender, the clown prince of crime fiction, returns in his most hardboiled adventure yet—a tale that will take Junior Bender deep into a murderous conspiracy in present day Los Angeles and  uncover an increasingly confusing legacy of his burglar-mentor, Herbie Mott, who until very recently was always one-step-ahead of just about everybody.

It’s everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s top “executive crook,” sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, thereby ensuring that the hitter doesn’t know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his office safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper on which he has written the names of the crooks in the chain. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to to solve his problem is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks.

But Junior already knows exactly who took Wattles’s list: the signature is too obvious. It was Herbie Mott, Junior’s burglar mentor and second father—and when Junior seeks him out to discuss the missing list, he finds Herbie very unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the links in the chain back toward the killer, and as he does, he learns disturbing things about Herbie’s hidden past. He has to ask himself how much of the life he’s lived for the past twenty years has been of his own making, and how much of it was actually Herbie’s game. (publisher)

What book are you waiting for? 


Brian Joseph said...

I looked back and I see that you liked the other books in this series. Hallinan seems to be an unusual and entertaining writer. I look forward to read what you think of this one.

Suko said...

Harvee, I hope this one lives up to your expectations.

Sarah (Sarah's Book Shelves) said...

I'm not sure this one is for me, but I hope you enjoy it! I just saw your profile on Book Bloggers International - loved your Q&A!

Meredith said...

I've only read one of Timothy Hallinan 's books, but I so loved the wit!

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