By Timothy Hallinan
Junior Bender, the clown prince of crime fiction, returns in his such a lot hardboiled event yet—a story that might take Junior Bender deep right into a murderous conspiracy in latest l. a. and uncover an more and more complicated legacy of his burglar-mentor, Herbie Mott, who until eventually very lately used to be continuously one-step-ahead of almost everybody.
It’s daily company whilst Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s best “executive crook,” units up successful. He establishes a sequence of criminals to go alongside the directions and the money, making sure that the hitter doesn’t comprehend who employed him. yet at some point Wattles reveals his place of work secure open and a unmarried merchandise lacking: the piece of paper on which he has written the names of the crooks within the chain. while humans linked to the chain start to pop up lifeless, the single individual Wattles can method of remedy his challenge is Junior Bender, specialist burglar and begrudging deepest eye for crooks.
But Junior already is familiar with precisely who took Wattles’s checklist: the signature is simply too noticeable. It used to be Herbie Mott, Junior’s burglar mentor—and while Junior seeks him out to debate the lacking checklist, he reveals Herbie very unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the hyperlinks within the chain again towards the killer, and as he does, he learns stressful secrets and techniques from Herbie’s hidden past.
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