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    • 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 24
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 22
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 22

    Sixteen delightful holiday short stories by some of your favorite Soho crime authors! This captivating collection of short mysteries and crime capers - which features New York Times best-selling authors, Crime Writers Association Gold and Diamond Dagger winners, and Edgar Award nominees - contains laughs aplenty, the most hardboiled of holiday noir, and heartwarming reminders of the spirit of the season.

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

    • By PKsweets on 02-05-18

    Regular price: $27.99

    • 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 131
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 121
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 122

    Junior Bender is a Los Angeles burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses at age fourteen, he's never once been caught. But now, after twenty-two years building an exemplary career, Junior has been blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into acting as a private investigator on the set of Trey's porn venture, which someone keeps sabotaging.

    • 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 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 73
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 63
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 62

    Junior Bender is back to untangle one of the weirdest mysteries in Tinseltown. LA burglar Junior Bender has, unfortunately, developed a reputation as a competent private investigator for crooks. The unfortunate part about this is that, regardless of whether he solves the crime or not, someone dangerous is going to be unhappy with him - either his suspect or his employer. Now Junior is being bullied into proving aging music-industry mogul Vinnie DiGaudio is innocent of the murder of a nasty tabloid journalist he'd threatened to kill a couple times.

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

    • By Abigail on 01-09-14

    Regular price: $18.87

    • Nighttown

    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 8

    Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender has a rule about never taking a job that pays too well: In the criminal underworld, if you’re offered more money than a job is worth, someone is going to end up dead. But he’s bending his rule this one time because he and his girlfriend, Ronnie, are in desperate need of cash to hire a kidnapper to snatch Ronnie’s two-year-old son back from her ex. The whole thing is pretty complicated and has Junior on edge.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • just plain wonderful

    • By Richard on 11-15-18

    Regular price: $21.41

    • A Nail Through The Heart

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 467
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 397
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 395

    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 with Rose, the former go-go dancer he wants to marry, and Miaow, the tiny, streetwise urchin he wants to adopt. But trouble in the guise of good intentions comes calling just when everything is beginning to work out.

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

    • By Joanne on 07-04-11

    Regular price: $22.46

    • 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 45
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 42

    It's everyday business when Wattles, the San Fernando Valley's top "executive crook", sets up a hit. He establishes a chain of criminals to pass along the instructions and the money, thereby ensuring that the hitter doesn't know who hired him. Then one day Wattles finds his office safe open and a single item missing: the piece of paper listing the crooks in the chain. When people associated with the chain begin to pop up dead, the only person Wattles can turn to for help is Junior Bender, professional burglar and begrudging private eye for crooks.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Junior keeps on truckin

    • By Stevon on 11-13-17

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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 35
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 35

    The two most difficult days in Bangkok writer Poke Rafferty's life begin with an emergency visit from Edward Dell, the almost-boyfriend of Poke's teenage daughter, Miaow. The boy's father, Buddy, a late-middle-aged womanizer who has moved to Bangkok for happy hunting, has disappeared, and money is being siphoned out of his bank and credit card accounts. It soon becomes apparent that Buddy is in the hands of a pair of killers who prey on Bangkok's "sexpats"; when his accounts are empty, he'll be found floating facedown in a Bangkok canal.

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

    • By Richard Delman on 12-24-17

    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 49
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 45

    There are not many people brave enough to say no to Irwin Dressler, Hollywood’s scariest mob boss turned movie king. Even though Dressler is 93 years old, LA burglar Junior Bender is quaking in his boots when Dressler’s henchmen haul him in for a meeting. Dressler wants Junior to solve a crime he believes was committed more than 70 years ago, when an old friend of his, once-famous starlet Dolores La Marr, had her career destroyed after compromising photos were taken of her at a Las Vegas party. Dressler wants justice for Dolores and the shining career she never had.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • entertaining series

    • By Stevon on 07-08-17

    Regular price: $18.87

    • The Four Last Things

    • The Simeon Grist Mysteries, Book 2
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 10 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 16

    Simeon Grist knows LA inside and out - the sex for sale, the chic seductions, every rip-off from City Hall to Venice. So when he's hired by a Hollywood recording company to shadow one Sally Oldfield, suspected of embezzlement, Grist discovers she's entangled in the Church of the Eternal Moment - a million-dollar religious scam built around a 12-year-old channeler and the voice of a man who has been dead for a millennium.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • Breathing Water

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 42 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 late-night poker game in Bangkok nets American ex-pat writer Poke Rafferty the "opportunity" to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self-made billionaire with a criminal past and far-reaching political ambitions. Within hours, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, their adopted daughter, Miaow, and Poke's best friend, honest Bangkok cop Arthit, have become disposable pawns in a brutal power struggle among some of Thailand's richest, most ruthless citizens.

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

    • By Bob on 10-24-11

    Regular price: $22.46

    • Fields Where They Lay

    • The Junior Bender Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
    • Length: 10 hrs and 41 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 34
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 32
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 32

    The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Edgerton isn't exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and festive lights. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Hard to find the Christmas spirit here.

    • By Richard Delman on 04-10-17

    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 48
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 47

    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. After barely escaping, Junior realizes the danger is far from over. He's gotten himself on the wrong side of a man whose name is synonymous with violence, and to save his own skin he's set off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime.

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

    • By Stevon on 03-04-18

    Regular price: $24.47

    • 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. Toby Vane is the golden boy of prime-time television, whose gee-whiz smile and chiseled features mask a dark secret that would take the shine off for his millions of adoring female fans: every now and then he beats up a woman, and almost any woman will do.

    • 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 Queen of Patpong

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 254
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 218
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 220

    American travel writer Poke Rafferty has seen - and survived - some of the worst Bangkok has to offer. But now, finally married to his longtime love, Rose, and raising the young daughter, Miaow, they adopted from the streets, Poke believes his life is stable at last. Then a nightmare figure from Rose's time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, threatening their peace, their love, their home, their lives.

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

    • By David on 04-21-12

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Hot Countries

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 53
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 48
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 50

    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. Now these men - many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War - have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that he's actually using them to get to Poke.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • The lukewarm countries

    • By Richard Delman on 11-08-15

    Regular price: $24.95

    • 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 157
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 128
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 129

    The author of the Looking for Trouble travel book series, Poke Rafferty is ready to settle down in Bangkok with his fiance, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn't ready to let him go; it's back in Poke's life with a vengeance, in the guise of his long-estranged father, Frank, the last person he ever wanted to see again. And Frank hasn't come empty-handed, arriving with a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and one of the most dangerous gangsters in China in hot pursuit.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Immersive

    • By David on 01-03-14

    Regular price: $22.46

    • The Fear Artist

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 105
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102

    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: "Helen Eckersley. Cheyenne." Seconds later, the police arrive, denying that the man was shot. That night, Rafferty is interrogated by Thai secret agents who demand to know what the dead man said, but Rafferty can't remember. When he's finally released, Rafferty arrives home to find that his apartment has been ransacked. He realizes he's under surveillance.

    • 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

    • For the Dead

    • A Poke Rafferty Thriller
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Victor Bevine
    • Length: 10 hrs and 52 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 80
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 74

    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 when their daughter’s ill-gotten cell phone displays photographs of some very crooked cops, all of them thoroughly dead.

    • 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

    • Everything but the Squeal

    • The Simeon Grist Mysteries, Book 3
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 17
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Simeon Grist takes a case that leads him to the phantom neighborhoods of Los Angeles' lost children. Missing 13-year-old Aimee Sorrell ran all the way from Kansas to be a star. But Aimee's trail soon leads Simeon to the city morgue, the first stop on a perilous journey to find out what happens to America's lost children when they go looking for love in all the wrong places.

    Regular price: $24.47

    • The Bone Polisher

    • The Simeon Grist Mysteries, Book 6
    • By: Timothy Hallinan
    • Narrated by: Keith Szarabajka
    • Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 6
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 6

    Edgar and Macavity Award nominee Timothy Hallinan's Simeon Grist private-eye novels have become cult favorites. This sixth series installment takes place in the West Hollywood of 1995, where the community is shaken by the brutal killing of an older man who was widely loved for his generosity and kindness. In a time when the police were largely indifferent to crimes against gay people, Simeon is hired to catch the murderer - and finds himself up against the most dangerous adversary of his career.

    Regular price: $24.47

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