Little Elvises

Little Elvises

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 JUNIOR BENDER UNTANGLES ONE OF THE WEIRDEST MYSTERIES IN TINSELTOWN   LA burglar Junior Bender has (unfort...

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Title:Little Elvises
Author:Timothy Hallinan
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Genres:Mystery
ISBN:B005HPL3F4
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Kindle Edition

Little Elvises Reviews

  • Patrick
    Sep 09, 2014

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

  • Spuddie
    Nov 19, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

  • Nancy Oakes
    Jun 29, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

  • Michael Sherer
    Apr 07, 2013

    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...

  • Maddy
    Jan 30, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

  • Hallie
    Feb 23, 2013

    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...

    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...

  • Trish
    Mar 06, 2014

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

  • Susan (aka Just My Op)
    Jan 27, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

  • Beth
    Aug 22, 2011

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

  • Kelly
    Dec 15, 2016

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

    This series reminds me of Lawrence Block?s classic Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Both have a similar burglar/hero and both have good dialog. I like Block's better but Junior is pretty funny and Hallinan puts him in some hilarious situations. Read 'em both. They are both light and fun...

    Fantastic. Cant wait to read the next one. Am absolutely loving this series. ...

    I can't read this series fast enough! Alas, I am at the top of the library list for the 3rd book. I need it now! ...

  • Traci
    Dec 07, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

  • Lynn
    Feb 01, 2015

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

  • Jim
    Nov 18, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

    This series reminds me of Lawrence Block?s classic Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Both have a similar burglar/hero and both have good dialog. I like Block's better but Junior is pretty funny and Hallinan puts him in some hilarious situations. Read 'em both. They are both light and fun...

    Fantastic. Cant wait to read the next one. Am absolutely loving this series. ...

    I can't read this series fast enough! Alas, I am at the top of the library list for the 3rd book. I need it now! ...

    The best book I've read this year. ...

  • Philipc
    Sep 25, 2011

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

  • Gloria Feit
    Feb 25, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

  • Kaycee
    Sep 10, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

  • Lance Charnes
    Aug 25, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

  • Carolien
    Apr 01, 2017

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

  • William
    Feb 01, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

    This series reminds me of Lawrence Block?s classic Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Both have a similar burglar/hero and both have good dialog. I like Block's better but Junior is pretty funny and Hallinan puts him in some hilarious situations. Read 'em both. They are both light and fun...

  • Erix
    Aug 05, 2017

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

    This series reminds me of Lawrence Block?s classic Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Both have a similar burglar/hero and both have good dialog. I like Block's better but Junior is pretty funny and Hallinan puts him in some hilarious situations. Read 'em both. They are both light and fun...

    Fantastic. Cant wait to read the next one. Am absolutely loving this series. ...

    I can't read this series fast enough! Alas, I am at the top of the library list for the 3rd book. I need it now! ...

    The best book I've read this year. ...

    ???????????lol???????? ...

  • Bruce Morgan
    Jun 27, 2017

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

  • Kathy Rippel
    Jul 16, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

  • Pat
    Nov 22, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

  • Steven Womack
    Aug 21, 2017

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

  • Diane
    Nov 11, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

  • Danhammang
    Apr 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

  • Dylan Cundiff
    Nov 14, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...

    I blew the first review. More stars. In between the plot- and there?s several stories to follow- personal and professional- lies some laugh out loud wicked funny and highlight- able lines about- well- anything that are just great- without being so weighed with sorrow that you?re r...

    This is the second installment of the series I've read. Rather unconventional, with a definite anti-hero, I enjoy them most for the intelligent humor. In this way the series reminds me, somewhat of Robert Parker's Spenser novels. Since I have now read #6 and #2 of this series, I'm r...

    I think I'm in love...an occupational hazard for bibliophiles everywhere. LOL Interesting read. I am impressed by how much research Hallinan puts into his books, since there's always some "real" stuff in them. ...

    Hilariously funny, perceptive, and addictive... Timothy Hallinan's Junior Bender series is one of the most engaging I've read in a long, long time. I'm currently reading the last one and hoping Mr. Hallinan brings us a new Junior Bender soon! ...

    This series reminds me of Lawrence Block?s classic Bernie Rhodenbarr series. Both have a similar burglar/hero and both have good dialog. I like Block's better but Junior is pretty funny and Hallinan puts him in some hilarious situations. Read 'em both. They are both light and fun...

    Fantastic. Cant wait to read the next one. Am absolutely loving this series. ...

  • Tweiss
    Jul 04, 2018

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

  • Sx3
    Jun 07, 2013

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

  • JDK1962
    Sep 07, 2017

    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...

    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...

    Fictional burglars who end up starring in their own novels have to be multi-talented. The ones whose stories I've read generally have to be detectives, guidance counselors, therapists, AA buddies, and diplomats. In fact, they rarely have time to ply their primary trade when they're dri...

    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 Rhoden...

    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 ...

    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 be...

    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 Th...

    I listened to the first 2 of 9 parts and just wasn't involved or interested. Perhaps it is the hangover from the last book I listened to or my overall mood but I just didn't want to continue. ...

    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 family issues. I enjoy...

    PROTAGONIST: Junior Bender, Burglar SETTING: California SERIES: #2 of 3 RATING: 4.5 Junior 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 infor...

    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 take more than we can ...

    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 ...

    The second in the Junior Bender series (the first is Crashed) has Junior up to his neck in other people's plots from the first page. A cop has Junior in a room; the cop tells Junior that he, the cop, has two problems, and Junior can help with one of them, whichever he chooses. If he li...

    A pattern seems to be developing n the Junior Bender series. In the debut novel, ?Crashed,? Junior, a professional burglar, was blackmailed, indirectly, by Trey Annunziato, the female head of a crime family, to steal a Klee. In this, the second book in the series, he is blackmailed...

    The good guy in this story is a bad guy, a burglar who has to solve one crime so a cop doesn't frame him for another crime. But this bad guy is thoroughly likable, well aware of his own numerous shortcomings, most of the time anyway. And he just keeps trudging on anyway. There is go...

    Nothing is ever easy for Junior Bender. He is a burglar; everyone knows that. He is never violent, he never enters a home when people are present. Everyone knows that, too. He has a foolproof alibi for the time of the robbery. So why is he in a police station being accused of break...

    Damon Runyon meets Tarantino. Hallinan's books generally have entertaining (and eccentric) characters and a level of idealization: luck and coincidence rule the day, and the main character is generally every good person's sweetheart. Realistic, this ain't: would it actually be possible...

    Just plain good book Well written, good characters - not cartoons, but all have enough depth to be worth reading about. This must not be easy, as I read hundreds of mysteries and even if the main characters have life, the side ones are often tossed off. The humor is wry and witty - ...

    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series. Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types...

    Think of combining Henry James and Robin Williams and setting the result loose on a romp through the nooks and crannies of Los Angeles in the person of Junior Bender, a burglar for our own times. The somewhat strange title quickly makes sense as Hallinan weaves a story that involves ou...

    Loved this. Well-executed plot, and some wonderful descriptions that had me laughing out loud (and I don't laugh out loud at something I've read very often). As he's done a number of times before, Hallinan took a bit of historical fact (the "little Elvises" of Philadelphia, in this cas...