Timothy Hallinan
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Timothy Hallinan

Edgar, Shamus, Macavity and Lefty nominee Timothy Hallinan has written twenty-one published novels, all thrillers and mysteries, all critically praised. He currently writes two series, one set in Los Angeles and the other in Bangkok, and in 2017 he also revived his earlier series, written in the 1990s about the overeducated slacker private eye Simeon Grist. The new book, the first since 1995, is "Pulped."

His 2014 Junior Bender novel, "Herbie's Game," won the Lefty Award for Best Comic Crime Novel of the year. His 2010 Poke Rafferty Bangkok novel, "The Queen of Patpong," was nominated for the Edgar as Best Mystery of the Year.

The Junior Bender mysteries chronicle the adventures of a burglar who moonlights as a private eye for crooks. Six titles have been published to date, and "Herbie's Game" (2015) won the Lefty Award for Best Comic Crime Novel. The other titles in the series are "Crashed," "Little Elvises," "The Fame Thief," "King Maybe," and "Fields Where They Lay," which was on many "Best Books of 2016" lists. Coming in 2018 is "Nighttown."

The Junior Bender books are presently in development as a primetime television series.

In 2007, the first of his Edgar-nominated Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, "A Nail Through the Heart", was published. "Hallinan scores big-time," said Kirkus Reviews, which went on to call the book "dark, often funny, and ultimately enthralling." "Nail" was named one of the top mysteries of the year by The Japan Times.

Rafferty's Bangkok adventures have continued with "The Fourth Watcher," "Breathing Water," "The Queen of Patpong," "The Fear Artist," "For the Dead," and "The Hot Countries." Coming in 2017 is "Fools' River."

In the 1990s he wrote six mysteries featuring the erudite private eye Simeon Grist, beginning with "The Four Last Things," which made several Ten Best lists, including that of The Drood Review. The other books in the series were well reviewed, and several of them were optioned for motion pictures. The series is now regarded as a cult favorite and is being revived, in one sense of the word, with "Pulped."

He has also edited two books. "Shaken: Stories for Japan" contained original stories by top mystery writers and raised more then $100,000 for tsunami relief efforts, with every penny going straight to Japan. "Making Story: 21 Writers and How They Plot" contained practical ideas on plotting by well-known mystery and thriller writers.

Hallinan divides his time between Los Angeles and Southeast Asia, the setting for his Poke Rafferty novels.

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Best Sellers

    • The Queen of Patpong

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 252
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 216
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 218

    American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen - and survived - some of the worst Bangkok has to offer....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • The best thriller writer you have never heard of.

    • By David on 04-21-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • A Nail Through The Heart

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 457
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 387
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 385

    Poke Rafferty was writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored when Bangkok stole his heart. Now the American expat is assembling a new family. But trouble comes calling....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great character, great narrator

    • By Joanne on 07-04-11

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Fools' River

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 29

    Timothy Hallinan returns us to the Bangkok of The Queen of Patpong and further lays bare the seediest industry in Thailand....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • My favorite author does it again!

    • By Richard Delman on 12-24-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Crashed

    • A Junior Bender Mystery, Book 1
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 118
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 109
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 110

    Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Sympathetic thief. Fun read. Exemplary narration.

    • By MidwestGeek on 02-18-13

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Little Elvises

    • A Junior Bender Novel, Book 2
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 69
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 59

    Junior Bender is back to untangle one of the weirdest mysteries in Tinseltown....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Perfect Audio "Page Turner"

    • By Abigail on 01-09-14

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Herbie's Game

    • A Junior Bender Mystery, Book 4
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 41
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 38

    It's everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley's top "executive crook", sets up a hit....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • A serious misstep from one of my faves.

    • By Richard Delman on 08-07-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • King Maybe

    • The Junior Bender Mysteries, Book 5
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 44

    Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender is in the middle of burgling a house and has just gotten his hands on one of the world's rarest stamps when the job goes terrifically wrong....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • one of the better Junior'

    • By Stevon on 03-04-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Fame Thief

    • A Junior Bender Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 9 hrs and 16 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    There are not many people brave enough to say no to Irwin Dressler, Hollywood’s scariest mob boss turned movie king....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining series

    • By Stevon on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $18.87

    • For the Dead

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 73
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 72

    In Bangkok, Thailand, an American travel journalist and his Thai family find themselves inadvertently entangled in a web of dirty cops and far-reaching corruption....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • This is Tim Hallinan's world. We just live in it.

    • By Richard Delman on 12-22-14

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Hot Countries

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 5 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 51
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 46
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 48

    Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city....

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The lukewarm countries

    • By Richard Delman on 11-08-15

    Regular price: $24.95

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