It's three days until Christmas and Junior Bender, Hollywood's fasttalking fixer for the felonious, is up to his ears in shopping mall Santas, Russian mobsters, desperate holiday shoppers, and ('tis the season) murder.
Timothy Hallinan has been nominated for the Edgar, Nero, Shamus, Macavity and Silver Dagger awards. He is the author of nineteen widely praised books, including For the Dead, The Hot Countries, Crashed, Little Elvises, The Fame Thief, King Maybe, and Herbie's Game, which won the Lefty Award for Best Humorous Mystery. After years of working in the television and music industries, he now writes full-time. He divides his time between California and Thailand.
Praise for Fields Where They Lay
A Kirkus Best Book of 2016
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016
A BookPage Top Pick for December
A Kittling Books Top 10 Mystery Series
"Burglar Junior Bender may just be our favorite literary P.I."
"West Coast fun for the noir at heart."
--Sunday Times, "Best Christmas Mysteries of 2016"
"Slick sleuthing, a touching romance and several good laughs."
"Comparisons to Raymond Chandler and Donald Westlake are totally deserved and should give you a clue as to whether you'll like this book as much as I did."
--Raleigh News & Observer
"Wickedly funny . . . Somewhere amid all this suspense and uncertainty lies the true meaning of Christmas, assuming that Junior can stay alive long enough to see it."
--BookPage, Top Pick for December
"A plum pudding stuffed with cynical disillusionment, organized and disorganized crime, two Santas, a seasonal miracle, and an ending that earns every bit of its uplift."
--Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
"Hallinan deserves to win an Edgar for his ingeniously plotted, often hilarious sixth Junior Bender novel."
--Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
"Nobody does comic mystery with an edge better than Hallinan."
--BookList, Starred Review
"Everything readers could want."
--Library Journal, Starred Review
"I had never read [Hallinan], and don't know why I decided to read this Junior Bender--in May. Out of season. But I am so glad I did--Junior is quite the find."
--Marilyn Dahl, Shelf-Awareness
"Once again, Timothy Hallinan has given us a book to cheer, and a character to cheer for, but this outing is like a sweet little holiday story... with dead bodies, live crooks, and a wartime reminiscence that's both heartwarming and terrifying."
--Schuler Books (Michigan)
"It's hard to top Hallinan's Junior Bender, the Los Angeles 'Thief of Thieves'."
"My new favorite Christmas crime novel."
--Bill Crider, Poisoned Pen Bookstore Blog
"A must-read for all seasons."
"Even if you hate the holidays with reasons just as good as Junior's--or especially if you do--this book is still the best gift you can give to yourself."
--Stop You're Killing Me!
"What a Christmas story would look like if Raymond Chandler wrote it."
"Hallinan has skillfully managed to write a story that manages both the cynical and hopeful sides of Christmas. It's a good mix that Hallinan mines for its humorous promise--fighting off a gunman with the help of tinsel, anyone?--yet recognizes the humanity that is at the center of the holiday, even for someone as immune to warm fuzzies as a professional thief."
--Madison Public Library
"Do your friends a favor this Christmas--turn them on to Junior Bender."
Praise for the nationally bestselling Junior Bender mysteries
"Plenty funny and packed with colorful characters."
--The New York Times Book Review
"Run right out and get this book. It's just fabulous."
--NPR, Morning Edition
"Smart, refreshing and never dull, Hallinan's vibrant King Maybe sees an author at the top of his game and a series in full, magnificent swing."
--Los Angeles Review of Books
"A smart, cynical mystery . . . The best burglar in Los Angeles."
--Minneapolis Star Tribune
"[Hallinan] proudly carries the banner of the late Donald Westlake, whose books are the gold standard of antic capers. The result--lucky us--is a hoot and a half."
--The Seattle Times
"A modern-day successor to Raymond Chandler."
--Los Angeles Daily News