Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan
(Junior Bender #2)

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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.


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About Timothy Hallinan

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Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of thirteen widely praised books, including The Fear Artist, Crashed, Little Elvises, and The Fame Thief. After years of working in Hollywood, television, and the music industry, he now writes fulltime. He divides his time between California and Thailand.
 
Published January 29, 2013 by Soho Crime. 353 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Now, Vincent has troubles, which means that Paulie has troubles, which means that Junior has troubles.

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Framed by LAPD Lt. Paulie DiGaudio for a residential robbery gone violently wrong, Bender finds he can restore his (relatively) good name by clearing DiGaudio’s uncle, Vinnie, a now retired, but still mobbed-up, music promoter, of a separate crime, the murder of tabloid hack Derek Bigelow.

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Biting humor marks Hallinan's hardboiled caper of “the crook’s cop” taking a case to keep himself from being framed. Or that's the way it started...

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My only real problem with the book was that in a couple of places the story, told through dialog exchanges could get so circuitous that you’d have to read them twice to follow along.

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It seems Uncle Vincent has a problem, and Detective DiGaudio, who can “make Junior” for the Hammer job.but will forget all that if Junior helps out Vincent.

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and – perhaps most confounding of all – an ex he still covets and his precocious 13-year old daughter and unofficial on-call consultant for all things technological, though she “hasn’t hit the stage yet where the entire world seems like a personal imposition.” Junior may need such expertise at t...

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The only problem with Little Elvises is that you’ll laugh so hard the tears are apt to short out your eReader.

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Seattle PI

The only problem with Little Elvises is that you'll laugh so hard the tears are apt to short out your eReader.

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Seattle PI

Little Elvises' twists and turns have their own twists and turns - hairpin turns - as the narrative careens at hazardously high speeds through circuitous story arcs and screwball scenarios all over the map (well, mostly back and forth "over the hill" between Hollywood and the San Fernando Valley).

Feb 21 2013 | Read Full Review of Little Elvises (Junior Bender...

The Big Story

detective is going to frame Junior for invading a judge's house, pistol-whipping his honor's wife and stealing their jade collection unless Junior finds a way to get the cop's elderly uncle out of a murder rap.

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L.A. burglar Junior Bender has developed a reputation as a kind of ad hoc private eye with crooks for clients. His latest task in this second book of a series is to prove that a musi

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