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Herbie's Game (A Junior Bender Mystery)

By Timothy Hallinan

Junior Bender, the clown prince of crime fiction, returns in his so much hardboiled event yet—a story that may take Junior Bender deep right into a murderous conspiracy in brand new l. a. and  uncover an more and more complicated legacy of his burglar-mentor, Herbie Mott, who until eventually very lately was once regularly one-step-ahead of virtually everybody.

It’s daily enterprise while Wattles, the San Fernando Valley’s most sensible “executive crook,” units up a success. He establishes a series of criminals to move alongside the directions and the money, making sure that the hitter doesn’t understand who employed him. yet in the future Wattles unearths his workplace 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 clear up his challenge is Junior Bender, expert burglar and begrudging inner most eye for crooks.

But Junior already is familiar with precisely who took Wattles’s checklist: the signature is just too visible. It was once Herbie Mott, Junior’s burglar mentor—and whilst Junior seeks him out to debate the lacking checklist, he unearths Herbie very unpleasantly murdered. Junior follows the hyperlinks within the chain again towards the killer, and as he does, he learns traumatic secrets and techniques from Herbie’s hidden past.

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