The Fame Thief (Junior Bender, #3) by Timothy Hallinan

The Fame Thief (Junior Bender, #3)

THE HIGHLY ANTICIPATED, LAUGH-OUT-LOUD THRID INSTALLMENT OF THE FAN-FAVORITE JUNIOR BENDER MYSTERIESThere are not many people brave enough to say no to Irwin Dressler, Hollywood’s scariest mob boss-turned-movie king. Even though Dressler is ninety-three years old, LA burglar Junior Bender is quaking in his boots when Dressler’s henchman haul him in for a meeting. Dressler wants Junior to solve a “crime” he believes was committed more tha...

Details The Fame Thief (Junior Bender, #3)

TitleThe Fame Thief (Junior Bender, #3)
Release DateJul 2nd, 2013
PublisherSoho Crime
GenreMystery, Fiction, Crime, Humor, Thriller, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Fame Thief (Junior Bender, #3)

  • Lynn
    The stars of old Hollywood mixing with gangsters in Las Vegas.....recipe for scandal. Timothy Hallinan creates people I'd love to meet in situations and settings I want to find out about. Junior Bender is funny and dangerous. It's thrilling to follow him in Los Angeles.....and you never have to sit in traffic.This is my latest favorite series and characters (since I've read up the Poke Rafferty books).
  • Kathy
    This is my second Junior Bender book, having recently read Crashed. It fits the bill if you are hankering for a load of comical phrasing, outrageously funny characters and action, and in this case mixed with 1950's Hollywood movers and shakers of the criminal kind.
  • Michael Sherer
    Reading Tim Hallinan's THE FAME THIEF, I feel incredibly smart, in on the joke, until the ham-fisted realization smacks me upside the head that I didn't write it. Then the second half of the one-two punch lands: I'll probably never write anything this clever, witty or just plain good.The Junior Bender series is one of the most imaginatively realized in crime fiction, and THE FAME THIEF is no exception. Here, Junior is asked by the Chicago mob’s...
  • Nancy Oakes
    My very grateful thanks to Soho, for my copy of this wonderful book. The Fame Thief might be, in the author's words, an ode to "all the beautiful and not so beautiful girls everywhere who lose their way in the world without stumbling over anyone kind."We're back in Hollywood territory once again as Junior takes on a sixty-plus year old mystery. This time he's not being blackmailed, but he's been summoned and hired by Irwin Dressler, a career mobs...
  • Mal Warwick
    Along with Carl Hiassen, Timothy Hallinan is among Donald E. Westlake’s closest successors in the narrow genre of comic crime novels. To date, Hallinan has written six books in the Junior Bender series that feature a brilliant thief who doubles as a private investigator — for criminals.Like Westlake, Hallinan built his career writing “serious” mysteries and thrillers, a total of a dozen to date. It’s unlikely he will ever come close to ...
  • Kay
    Tim Hallinan is a brilliant crime novelist. Of the 4-5 books of his I've read, this is my favorite so far. Superbly written and fun, it is also deep and philosophical. It is simply a perfect book. I think I will read it again, and I very, very rarely re-read books -- since my motto is SO MANY BOOKS SO LITTLE TIME. The Fame Thief, however, glitters like a real gem. Read it!
  • Spuddie
    I wasn't as keen on this book as I have been on the two previous Junior Bender books for, three...reasons. First of all, I listened to the audio version and the narrator's voice annoyed the hell out of me from the first sentence onward. That has nothing to do with the writer's ability or the story itself, I know--but in an audio book, the reader is important and a big part of how the story feels. I just didn't like him.Second, I detest m...
  • Kevin Parsons
    My first book by this author. Got the ARC in Seattle at ALA signed by the author - a very nice guy. I will go back and read the first 2 in this series as well as his other series. Well written book.
  • Terri Wino
    Just barely 3 stars on this one. I absolutely love the character of Junior Bender, but I really struggled keeping my interest level in this one. Enjoyed books 1 and 2 much more, but I'll still continue with this series. Junior is way too cool not to.
  • Sue
    I'm finally getting into this set of characters, and this was an engaging story. But it's still no Poke Rafferty!
  • Bruce Morgan
    The premise that a master thief makes a good "detective for underworld figures" is wonderfully realised in this series.Junior Bender is a fully-formed character with confidence in his abilities and a way of staying alive while getting involved with some really strange and nasty types including con artists, snitches, standover men, hitmen (and women), bodyguards, bosses and big bosses while also staying one step ahead of the police.Timothy Hallina...
  • John Mchugh
    Maybe, 3.625 stars. Or maybe I just need a little time off from my Junior Bender bender, this being my third one consumed in a relatively short period of time. I did enjoy it. But as the story unfolded the plot, as my Mother might have said, became "too clever bu half." So instead of reveling in the cast of delicious characters Hallinan assembled for this caper, I spent too much time trying to keep the "goings on" straight and the various connect...
  • Nancy Newcomer
    Tim Hallinan is becoming one of my favorite writers. Have read all the Poke Rafferty books and love them - great characters, plot, suspense etc. Just getting into the Junior Bender series. Didn't like #2 very well but liked this one a lot. Revolves around events in the 1940's involving hollywood stars and the gangsters who loved to be around them. Lots of period flashbacks that are very convincing. Hallinan is a serious researcher and that ground...
  • Mandy
    Still love the writing style, but this one was a bit harder to follow than previous books. What was the deal with Debbie? Kinda awkward. Also awkward, Junior the laid back guy turning into the Vengeful Junior. Seemed disingenuous. As always, there were a couple things I really wanted to highlight, and the characters are people you want to have a drink with. Perhaps would have enjoyed more if I hadn't read it so fast. This was an on the plane book...
  • Rick Hubbard
    Timothy Hallinan is to be commended for penning (or, word processing) another fabulous Junior Bender tale. To say The Fame Thief surprises and delights reveals only the limitations of the English language.Hallinan's authorial style is a mystery reader's delight. This endorsement is written by someone who never reads a book twice...except that I just read The Fame Thief for the second time in a year. TFT is all-around excellence.
  • Matthew Lau
    I thought this book was decent. I thought the author of the book had a good idea in mind, but I did not think they did a good job executing. I often found it hard to pay attention to unkey events because to came to be necessary and repetitive. It had many bits of action in it, but not big enough to change my opinion of this book.
  • Kevin
    I think I started this in ebook form in the past but never finished. Decided to complete it via audiobook. I enjoyed it but still found the narrator a bit off but I think it began to seem normal towards the end of this book. I think if you are a Junior Bender fan you will enjoy this volume. Comic crime fiction set in Hollywood with a side of mob bosses.
  • Chuck Yanoshik
    Junior Bender #3 - more great characters and more time sitting in the car waiting for the chapter to end! The flashbacks in this particular arc definitely can be pictured as either black & white, or in early technicolor. Another really great job. I love the Scranton references. Once again, I am using Audible, consuming this serial like a terrific meal. I'm still hungry!
  • Traci
    Great book! Zipped right along, had a cast of very engaging characters, and of course, quite a bit about "old" Hollywood. I love the lead, Junior Bender, too. Can't wait to get my hands on the next installment!
  • Steven Werber
    Real characters (George raft, Bugsy Segal), blend seamlessly with homage characters Irwin Dressler (based on a real life lawyer/gangster/fixer) and wholly fictitious characters like Junior Bender. Utterly terrific series !!
  • JDK1962
    Another good entry in the series. As I was approaching the end, I was thinking about how Hallinan imbues even minor characters with personality. No cardboard cutouts here...the world feels lived in, and I appreciated it. Not too sure how I feel about ghosts, but I'm willing to cut him some slack.
  • Jay Clement
    28-2019. This series of Junior Bender adventures is so much fun! Our hero solves a mystery, and gets paid besides. As I’ve mentioned, if you like crime noir, or Carl Hiaasen, or Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhoddenbarr burglar series, you’ll enjoy these books. Nearly 5 stars, this one.
  • Scott
    Enjoy Junior as a character. Reads quickly, easily, twists here and there, very enjoyable. Seriously, though - if you're reading a review about the 3rd book in the series, haven't you already decided that you're going to read it?
  • Carol Waters
    That was fun. A detective novel about a man who really detects, with characters that aren't all black and white, and with a few streaky places in his own character. One of the few books I've read recently that left me with a booklist- including his stuff- to add to my reading list.
  • Charles Kerns
    Improbable, clever, smart-assed. Tired of reality, politics, crazed leaders, etc.? Still want to meet of dregs of life, but in fun? This is for you.
  • Robbie
    Well-written; however, not my favorite kind of mystery. I rate it 4.5 stars.
  • Robert
    Least favorite of the first 3 books. I hope 4 is better
  • Steven Womack
    Each one seems to get better than the one before it, although the bar was set pretty high to begin with. Once you get started on these, you won't be able to put them down!
  • Jim
    I really enjoyed this book.
  • Jeff Kaufman
    Good read. Well plotted and witty central character