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

    • 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 124
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 114
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 115

    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

    • 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 464
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 394
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 392

    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

    • 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 52
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    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

    • The Fame Thief

    • A Junior Bender Mystery, Book 3
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 9 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 43

    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

    • The Fourth Watcher

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 155
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 127

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok. But trouble isn't ready to let him go....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Immersive

    • By David on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Skin Deep

    • The Simeon Grist Mysteries, Book 1
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Jim Meskimen
    • Length: 9 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 30
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 29

    For a fee so big he can't turn it down, Simeon Grist is hired to watchdog the kind of guy he'd usually prefer to throw through the nearest window....

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Good performance of a slightly above average book

    • By Richard W. on 06-27-15

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Usual Santas

    • A Collection of Soho Crime Christmas Capers
    • By: Helene Tursten, Mick Herron, Martin Limon, and others
    • Narrated by: Jonathan Yen, John Keating, Barbara Caruso, and others
    • Length: 12 hrs and 10 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 20
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 20

    Sixteen delightful holiday short stories by some of your favorite Soho crime authors....

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Not Cheerful..... and NOT usual!

    • By PKsweets on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • 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 Fear Artist

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 12 hrs and 2 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 114
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 104
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 101

    An accidental collision on a Bangkok sidewalk goes very wrong when the man who ran into Rafferty dies in his arms, but not before saying three words.....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Hallinan is a writer at the very peak of his power

    • By Richard Delman on 08-30-12

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Breathing Water

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 144
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 113

    A poker game nets American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty the "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions....

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Thai mystery will take your breath away

    • By Bob on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $22.46

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