Little Elvises by Timothy Hallinan audiobook

Little Elvises: A Junior Bender Mystery

By Timothy Hallinan
Read by Peter Berkrot

Blackstone Publishing

The Junior Bender Mysteries: Book 2

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Junior Bender is back to untangle 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 business with pleasure. Just as the investigation is spiraling out of control, Junior's hard-drinking landlady begs him to solve the disappearance of her daughter, who has gotten 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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Summary

Summary

Finalist for the 2014 Shamus Award for Best Hardcover P.I. Novel

One of NPR’s Great Reads of 2013

Junior Bender is back to untangle 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 business with pleasure. Just as the investigation is spiraling out of control, Junior's hard-drinking landlady begs him to solve the disappearance of her daughter, who has gotten 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Hallinan introduces us to a drugged-out, pain-impervious hit man, a nonagenarian puppet master who rules the LA underworld, a tabloid reporter who uses his job as a cover to blackmail the rich and the famous, and a host of other characters as dangerously outrageous as the murderous crew obsessed with obtaining the black bird in Hammett’s 1930 masterpiece.” Associated Press
“Splendidly entertaining.” NPR
“The first book in the series, Crashed, was great fun. The new one, Little Elvises, is even better.” San Francisco Chronicle
“Captures the SoCal milieu perfectly and impeccably.” Seattle Post-Intelligencer
“Think of him as a detective for the delinquent, a fixer for felons.” Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel
“Hallinan’s second Junior Bender mystery sends the LA burglar/PI on a journey into pop music’s supposedly innocuous 1950s past, mixing light and dark humor…The skewed, Runyonesque Southern California setting, epitomized by Junior’s home, the seedy but festively Yule-themed Marge ’n Ed’s North Pole motel, promises much for further outings.”  Publishers Weekly
“In Hallinan’s Los Angeles, where everyone leans on everyone else, investigator/thief Junior Bender gets leaned on good. Versatile Hallinan provides a wealth of seamy types, past and present, and a thousand hard-boiled similes for his second-string Philip Marlowe.” Kirkus Reviews
“Every now and then a writer comes along with the imagination and skill to make the whole thing feel fresh and new again. That’s what veteran crime novelist Timothy Hallinan has accomplished.” Washington Post, praise for the author

Reviews

Reviews

by Judy 9/13/2017
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Enjoyable mystery with a touch of humor.

Mix together murders past and present, plot twists and surprises, a cast of colorful characters, intriguing chapter titles like "stop lighting your hair on fire" and "no one likes to dance with a bear" and you have a mystery that will keep you interested and laughing.

Peter Berkrot's performance was flawless. He has the perfect voice for Junior Bender. I thought he did a wonderful job with the women's voices too.

Author

Author Bio: Timothy Hallinan

Author Bio: Timothy Hallinan

Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar and Macavity Award–nominated author of over a dozen widely praised books, including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender series. In 2010 he conceived and edited an e-book of original short stories by twenty mystery writers, Shaken: Stories for Japan, with 100 percent of the proceeds going to Japanese disaster relief.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, Digital Rental, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Fiction/Mystery & Detective
Runtime: 9.77
Audience: Adult
Language: English