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"Junior Bender is a burglar with a magic touch. Since he first started breaking into houses when he was fourteen years old, he's never once been caught. But now Junior is being blackmailed by Trey Annunziato, one of the most powerful crime bosses in LA, into taking on a new freelance job. Junior is to act as a private investigator on the set of the porn movie Trey's producing, which someone keeps sabotaging. If Junior can't keep the movie on track, Trey will make sure he's in a world of pain..." --jacket flap.
Publisher: New York : Soho Crime, c2012
ISBN: 9781616952747
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 356 p. ; 20 cm


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Elmo_Stonehands Feb 13, 2019

A charming little romp, quite reminiscent of Carl Hiaassen's work. It can be a a bit over the top, but I found the characters interesting and the humorous plotting engaging enough to read the sequels. The prose is good, and some of Hallinan's descriptions of things, people and places made me laugh out loud.

A classic "beach book", an excellent choice to read between "serious" reads.

Jan 30, 2017

Entertaining read, good writing, but how does an ultra-clever fellow like Junior Bender get set up so incredibly easily at the beginning of the book, which sets the stage for the story? Kind of defies even suspension of disbelief.

Jan 28, 2017

Crashed was clever and funny! I liked the characters, and the plot was quite intricate. Junior is a burglar with a heart of gold. As I started this book, I felt guilty for not reading something more serious in these serious times, but the longer I read the more immersed I became. Junior is manipulated into working for a crime syndicate leader, and the plot twists just keep coming. Junior is funny, and the book has a satisfying ending. I give this book 4-4.5 stars, and I would definitely read another book in this series.


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