Soho Crime, 2012, 356 Pages
ISBN No. 978-1616952747
Junior Bender is a burglar but he has some rather unique ways of approaching his jobs. Some of his methods will have you rolling on the floor laughing but they seem to work for him – at least most of the time. There are a few moments when the reader wonders if Junior will survive to steal another day.
An LA crime boss is producing a porn movie starring Thistle Downing. Thistle is a former child star who was loved by her fans but time has taken a toll on Thistle and she is currently living in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. The movie would bring income to Thistle but would only send her further down her current path of destruction.
Junior is blackmailed into accepting the free-lance job of finding out who is sabotaging this movie. His job is to keep the movie on track. The problem Junior is running into is that he likes Thistle and knows the movie is not the best thing for her even though she needs the money. Junior sets out to fulfill his obligation but at the same time do right by Thistle and this isn’t an easy thing to do. Junior has some very interesting friends who lend a helping hand along the way.
I want to read more and more about Junior. He is a character that is full of charm and certainly has some interesting escapades. Crashed is written in a totally different style from the Bangkok series. This novel proves that Timothy Hallinan can entertain us with more than one type of novel and I for one want to read everything he writes.