Little Elvises (Junior Bender, #2)

Little Elvises (Junior Bender, #2) JUNIOR BENDER UNTANGLES ONE OF THE WEIRDEST MYSTERIES IN TINSELTOWN LA Burglar Junior Bender Has Unfortunately Developed A Reputation As A Competent Private Investigator For Crooks The Unfortunate Part About This Is That Regardless Of Whether He Solves The Crime Or Not, Someone Dangerous Is Going To Be Unhappy With Him, Either His Suspect Or His Employer Now Junior Is Being Bullied Into Proving Aging Music Industry Mogul Vinnie DiGaudio Is Innocent Of The Murder Of A Nasty Tabloid Journalist He D Threatened To Kill A Couple Times It Doesn T Help That The Dead Journalist S Widow Is One Pretty Lady, And She S Trying To Get Junior To Mix Pleasure With Business Just As The Investigation Is Spiraling Out Of Control, Junior S Hard Drinking Landlady Begs Him To Solve The Disappearance Of Her Daughter, Who Got Involved With A Very Questionable Character And, Worst News Of All, Both Junior S Ex Wife And His Thirteen Year Old Daughter, Rina, Seem To Have New Boyfriends What A Mess From The Hardcover Edition. Elvis may have left the building, but Timothy Hallinan is still very much in residence with LITTLE ELVISES, the second in his new Junior Bender series Unlike the four chord, imitative 60s rock and roll he writes about in this outing, Hallinan is a virtuoso who plays with words the way the real Elvis played with his audiences With a hip swivel here, a nostril flaring sneer there, Hallinan takes us through the seamy underbelly of a little corner of the music business the little Elvises that in Elvis may have left the building, but Timothy Hallinan is still very much in residence with LITTLE ELVISES, the second in his new Junior Bender series Unlike the four chord, imitative 60s rock and roll he w
Junior Bender, the crusty, loveable hero of Timothy Hallinan s Little Elvises, is a career burglar who does detective stuff for criminals But this time his client is a cop, and Junior s reward will be avoiding a jail sentence for a heist he didn t commit His assignment is to keep the cop s uncle, an aging music industry mogul who promoted a string of 60s pop stars known as the Little Elvises, from going down for a murder he didn t commit To clear the uncle, Junior has to figure out who Junior Bender, the crusty, loveable hero of Timothy Hallinan s Little Elvises, is a career burglar who does detective stuff for criminals But this time his client is a cop, and Junior s reward will be avoiding a jail sentence for a heist he didn t commit His assignment is to keep the cop s uncle, an aging music industry mogul who promoted a string of 60s pop stars known as the Little Elvises, from going down for a murder he didn t commit To clear the uncle, Junior has to figure out who killed a tabloid journalist whose body was dumped, tellingly perhaps, on the Hollywood sidewalk star emblazoned with the name of one of the Little Elvises, one who was killed in a fire.Meanwhile, Junior proves a mensch He s got an ex wife he still regrets losing, a spunky computer whiz daughter he adores, and a girlfriend who finds him irresistible He s got a
I loved this story and these characters five stars It s so rare to find a character like Junior who is funny and dangerous at the same time I ve read a lot of mysteries and it s lovely to find a well adjusted, intelligent person with a sense of humor I read several Bernie Rhodenbarr books a
Little Elvises has one of those very cool storylines where the past returns to bite people in the butt in the present Like its predecessor, it s very funny, peopled with a lot of odd duck characters and really hits the nail on the head with the Los Angeles feel it conveys Also as in the previous book, Junior is once again being blackmailed into something he doesn t particularly want to do A Detective DiGaudio tells him that the cops can make him for a crime that could put him away for twenty Little Elvises has one of those very cool storylines where the past returns to bite people in the butt in the present Like its predecessor, it s very funny, peopled with a lot of odd duck characters and really hits the nail on the head with the Los Angeles feel it conveys Also as in the previous book, Junior is once again being blackmailed into something he doesn t particularly want to do A Detective DiGaudio tells him th
I haven t read any of Timothy Hallinan s Junior Bender mysteries Little Elvises was my first and I had a very push pull moody reading experience with it.I couldn t make up my mind if I liked it or disliked it while I was reading it.Bender is an LA burglar A good one Never been caught, charged, nothing He s 37, divorced, still might love his ex wife who has new boyfriend, has a genius 13 year old daughter named Rina who may have a boyfriend too.In order to keep his record clean, a police dete I haven t read any of Timothy Hallinan s Junior Bender mysteries Little Elvises was my first and I had a very push pull moody reading experience with it.I couldn t make up my mind if I liked it or disliked it while I was reading it.Bender is an LA burglar A good one Never been caught, charged, nothing He s 37, divorced, still might love his ex wife who has new boyfriend, has a genius 13 year old daughter named Rina who may have a boyfriend too.In order to keep his record clean, a police detective named Paulie DiGaudio wants Bender to help keep his uncle Vinnie from being tied to a mur
There are four of these Junior Benders, and as usual I started in the middle because someone gave the book to me.The story is insane, the characters memorable and insane , and the dialogue and narration is absolutely first rate Hallinan is the king of Snappy Things I Wish I d Thought Of Sometimes it seems everybody in the book studied at the same Snark Seminar, how
The plot focuses on an interesting sub culture that existed in the post Elvis days where music promoters focused on churning copies through the American music scene Junior Bender remains one of my favourite characters as burglar extraordinaire with education and famil
PROTAGONIST Junior Bender, BurglarSETTING CaliforniaSERIES 2 of 3RATING 4.5Junior Bender is a professional burglar who has at times acted as a private investigator for some of his friends on the wrong side of the law Unfortunately, Detective DiGaudio is using this information against him In exchange for not being accused of a robbery he did not commit, Junior must prove that the cop s uncle, Vincent Di Gaudio, did not murder a slimy tabloid journalist named Derek Bigelow Back in the 1960 PROTAGONIST Junior Bender, BurglarSETTING CaliforniaSERIES 2 of 3RATING 4.5Junior Bender is a professional burglar who has at times acted as a private investigator for some of his friends on the wrong side of the law Unfortunately, Detective DiGaudio is using this information against him In exchange for not being accused of a robbery he did not commit, Junior must prove that the cop s uncle, Vincent Di Gaudio, did not murder a slimy tabloid journalist named Derek Bigelow Back in the 1960s, Vinnie was the manager for a series of young pop stars known as Little Elvises Each of the boys would be in the limelight for a short while and then replaced when their popularity waned Things quickly get complicated While he is investigating the murder, he meets the writer s wife and finds himself falling for her He knows that this is probably not a good idea
One picks up a book by Tim Hallinan to have fun There s a little murder, sure sometimes a lot of murder but it s usually the bad guys that get it and we rest easy, knowing there is someone out there who d rob us blind if he could, but who won t takethan we can afford to lose.Hallinan s creation, Junior Bender, is the kind of guy you might ask back to your house for a party, after he d robbed it, just to ask how he did it He s that amusing.The Junior Bender series of books is based in L One picks up a book by Tim Hallinan to have fun There s a little murder, sure sometimes a lot of murder but it s usually the bad guys that get it and we rest easy, knowing there is someone out there who d rob us blind if he could, but who won t takethan we can afford to lose.Hallinan s creation, Junior Bender, is the kind of guy you might ask back to your house for a party, after he d robbed it, just to ask how he did it He s that amusing.The Junior Bender series of books is based in Los Angeles and captures the vibration of southern California precisely If you ve ever
I have to preface this by saying that over the past few months I have found myself going off mysteries Even several previously favored series and authors have been causing me to either gnash my teeth in frustration or yawn with boredom I keep finding hideous typos and proofreading errors and wrong forms of words being used peace piece, taut taught, do due, etc which annoys me enough to pull me out of the story I m just finding little care or attention to detail in many series books these I have to preface this by saying that over the past few months I have found myself going off mysteries Even several previously favored series and authors have been causing me to either gnash my teeth in frustration or yawn with boredom I keep finding hideous typos and proofreading errors and wrong forms of words being used peace piece, taut taught, do due, etc which annoys me enough to pull me out of the story I m just finding little care or attention to detail in many series books these daysand I m sick of it There are so many books that seem to be written by automatons, formulaic rehashings of previous books and so on I never have to worry about these problems with Tim Hallinan Why Because this guy can write He s not only got a good story to tell, he knows how to tell it The way he strings words together, the phraseology , the characterizationsjust the whole package, reallymake his books a