By Timothy Hallinan
INTRODUCING JUNIOR BENDER, the favourite BURGLAR-TURNED-
PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR OF HOLLYWOOD CROOKS
Junior Bender is a l. a. burglar with a magic contact. on the grounds that he first began breaking into homes whilst he was once fourteen years previous, he's by no means as soon as been stuck. yet now, after twenty-two years of an exemplary profession, Junior has been blackmailed by way of Trey Annunziato, the most strong crime bosses in los angeles, into performing as a personal investigator at the set of Trey's porn motion picture enterprise, which somebody retains sabotaging. The superstar Trey has covered as much as do all that's unwholesome on digital camera is Thistle Downing, America's loved baby superstar, who now lives on my own in a drug-induced stupor, destitute and uninsurable. Her starring function would be the scandalous fall-from-grace gossip of rubber-neckers around the nation. No ask yourself Trey wishes aid maintaining the creation on track.
Junior is familiar with what that he may still do--get Thistle out and locate her help--but doing definitely the right factor will land him at the improper part of LA's scariest mob boss. With assistance from his precocious twelve-year-old daughter, Rina, and his felony sidekick, Louie the misplaced (an ex-getaway driver), Junior has to determine a miracle solution.
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He still has a bump on his head from where the cello connected. Besides, he saw us burying the cello at the back of the yard two days ago. Zack and I gave it a great send-off, a funeral with a twenty-one-gun salute. Without the guns, of course. Linny shakes her head at Mom. Then Zack and I are off. ” I ask him. “Don’t talk,” he says. ” We head over there, and don’t even have to knock on her door. Fred explodes down the hallway; his eyes bulge and I can count his canines. He’s ready for a quick meal.
She slams the door, just missing his muzzle. ” She smiles at us with yellow teeth. I remind myself to brush and floss so my own teeth don’t look like hers when I’m an old man. With a bony hand on Zack’s shoulder, she guides him into her studio. I sink into a kitchen chair to wait. Over my head, the curtains are sheared off halfway up. “Fred loves the taste of lace,” Old Lady Campbell told us once. 51 I sit there, dying of boredom. I slide open a drawer. Knives, forks, and a bottle of Feel Like New tablets, four a day for four months.
I see the black box, trailing dirt and tied up with a rope that has about a thousand knots. It waits for us, like a giant squid ready to destroy us. I have to think fast. The weedy woods are only a trek across the street, past the driveway of the empty house, and— I have a better idea. Lester Tinwitty’s soup kettle on the town round! That baby is so thick it’ll take the blast easily. Lester would be proud of me. I grab the box by the rope with one hand, unlock the door and drag Steadman down the stairs with the other.
Crashed (Junior Bender, Book 1) by Timothy Hallinan