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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (156 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Timothy Hallinan Narrator: Peter Berkro Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Junior Bender Mysteries Release Date:
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Introducing Junior Bender, the favorite burglar turned private investigator of Hollywood crooks

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. The star Trey has lined up to do all that’s unwholesome on camera is Thistle Downing, America’s beloved child star, who now lives alone in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. Her starring role will be the scandalous fall-from-grace gossip of rubberneckers across the country. No wonder Trey needs help keeping the production on track.

Junior knows what he should do—but doing the right thing will land him on the wrong side of LA’s scariest mob boss. With the help of his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, Rina, and his criminal sidekick, ex-getaway driver Louie the Lost, Junior will have to pull off a miracle to get out of this mess.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Timothy Hallinan’s affable antihero, an accomplished thief but inept sleuth named Junior Bender, makes a terrific first impression in Crashed…Bender’s quick wit and smart mouth make him a boon companion on this oddball adventure.”

    New York Times

  • “If you’re looking for a mystery with a fresh new hero then you’ll want to run right out and get this book. It’s just fabulous.”


  • “Today’s Los Angeles as Raymond Chandler might have written it.”

    Bruce DeSilva, Associated Press, Top 10 Best Crime Novels of 2012

  • Crashed is funny, thrilling, and even sad—a great beginning for a great new series. Timothy Hallinan is one of my favorite writers, and this is Hallinan at the top of his game. It’s laugh-out-loud funny without ever losing any of its mystery. It’s a whole new style and I love it. Junior Bender—a crook with a heart of gold—is one of Hallinan’s most appealing heroes, rich with invention and brimming with classic wit. I can’t recommend it highly enough.”

    Shadoe Stevens, Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson

  • “A fresh turn on Raymond Chandler…In Crashed, Hallinan’s fabulously convoluted, wise-guy detective potboiler featuring Bender, the California author’s voice—intelligent, sarcastic, profane, but never coarse, unfailingly honest—is like a fast ride over a potholed road in a vintage Cadillac.”

    San Antonio Express-News

  • “Hallinan paints a vivid picture of the many flamboyant characters of Hollywood’s back lots—from thieves to gangsters to shady movie directors and producers…Give credit to Peter Berkrot for striking a hilariously sarcastic tone to portray the infamous thief Junior Bender and his assignment to make sure a former child television star that all of America has fallen in love with finishes her next film…Berkrot’s performance is full of humor and heart as the film and its star are sabotaged on many fronts. This is the first in the Junior Bender series. Let’s hope the team of Hallinan and Berkrot comes around again.”


  • “The story is well designed and well told, and the dialogue sparkles. In a genre perhaps slightly overstuffed with crook-heroes, the book is like a breath of fresh air.”


  • “Tim Hallinan has done it again. He’s created a must-read series that you will find hard to put down! Junior Bender is all you could ever want in a hero-thief: smart and funny, with a penchant for finding himself in situations he’d much rather avoid. Do not miss any of these books. A must-read in my house.”

    Brett Battles, author of the award-winning Jonathan Quinn series

  • “Hallinan is one of the master storytellers of our generation. Crashed is pure rapture.”

    C. J. West, author of The End of Marking Time

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Jody | 2/14/2014

    " I thoroughly enjoyed this ebook by Timothy Hallinan. Junior Bender is a thief. He's also the hero protagonist of this book, the start of a new series. I laughed & laughed. Hallinan can make you smile & laugh while still treating you to a serious look at gangs, the TV and movie business, and drug abuse. Murder happens on Junior's watch. Since he's working under duress, he's not happy about it. Please take time to read this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Don Gorman | 2/10/2014

    " This was just nothing but fun. Junior Bender is a hoot. The story is mostly rock solid with an occaisonal stupid twist or turn. But the pace is terrific, Junior is great, and it is a fun ride all the way to the end. I look forward to another of these. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Lil Gluckstern | 2/10/2014

    " Crashed was the first book I put on my Kindle when It came for Christmas last year. This book was poignant, rib achingly funny and very poignant. Junior Bender is the prototypical burglar with a heart; and Hallinan with his particularly wonderful use of language makes us care very deeply for someone who turns out not to be so evil after all. Hallinan's humor makes mincemeat out of danger, and miraculously saves the day. This book was very different from Hallinan's Poke Rafferty series or his older Simeon Grist series. Some things remains constant- we are pulled into the story, we care about the characters-deeply, and again Hallinan's use of language is simply hard to beat. Yes, I am a fan "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Paige | 2/8/2014

    " This is the first book I've read by Timothy Hallinan. Now, I can't wait to read another. The characters were well written and I can't wait to see what Junior will get into next. "

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