Timothy Hallinan Books In Order

Junior Bender Books In Publication Order

  1. Crashed (2010)
  2. Little Elvises (2011)
  3. The Fame Thief (2013)
  4. Herbie’s Game (2014)
  5. King Maybe (2016)
  6. Fields Where They Lay (2016)
  7. Nighttown (2018)

Poke Rafferty Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. A Nail Through the Heart (2007)
  2. The Fourth Watcher (2008)
  3. Breathing Water (2009)
  4. The Queen of Patpong (2010)
  5. The Fear Artist (2012)
  6. For the Dead (2014)
  7. The Hot Countries (2015)
  8. Fools’ River (2017)
  9. Street Music (2020)

Simeon Grist Mystery Books In Publication Order

  1. The Four Last Things (1989)
  2. Everything But the Squeal (1990)
  3. Skin Deep (1991)
  4. Incinerator (1992)
  5. The Man With No Time (1993)
  6. The Bone Polisher (1995)
  7. Pulped (2017)

Non-Fiction Books In Publication Order

  1. Making Story (2012)

Picture Books In Publication Order

  1. A Christmas Carol Christmas Book (1985)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Shaken: Stories for Japan (2011)

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Timothy Hallinan Books Overview

A Nail Through the Heart

A thief, found dead in an alley.

A man, disappeared from a city that never knew he existed.

A boy, grievously hurt, who everyone called Superman.

Bangkok, the glittering center of a country full of ghosts.

Travel writer Poke Rafferty is good at looking for trouble so good he makes his living writing offbeat travel guides for the young and terminally bored. His Looking for Trouble series is for travelers obsessed with the unusual: how to beat official foreign exchange rates; how to spot fake amber or counterfeit money; how much to bribe a cop; how to identify a transvestite before it’s too late; and how to know, within an hour of arriving in a strange city, where to find the best bars, the best clubs, the best food, the best clothes, and the dodgiest entertainment at the best prices.

Then Rafferty falls in love with Rose, an ex Patpong Road bar girl, and he badly wants to be a part of her new life. Both Rose and Bangkok itself have stolen his heart. To complete his new family, Rafferty is in the process of adopting a wary eight year old street orphan when trouble comes looking for him.

First he takes in another orphan, a troubled and terrifying street urchin nicknamed Superman. Then he agrees to find a distraught woman’s missing uncle, a task that seems simple enough given the uncle’s predilections for just the kind of shadowy places Rafferty knows well. Finally, in a moment of weakness, he accepts an old woman’s generous payment in exchange for locating a blackmailing thief. Soon, these three seemingly disparate events begin to overlap, pulling Rafferty deeper into dark, unfamiliar terrain, and he begins to realize that some people guard unspeakable secrets that don’t always show on their faces and that all this time he’s been gliding across the surface of a culture he doesn’t understand.

The Fourth Watcher

Travel writer Poke Rafferty is ready to let go of his Looking for Trouble series of travel books and the dangerous lifestyle that goes with it, and settle down in Bangkok with his fianc e, Rose, and his newly adopted daughter, Miaow. But trouble isn’t ready to let go of Poke. Enter the one person Poke least wants to see in the entire world a person whose emotional hold on Poke is absolute. With him come a box of rubies, a wad of fraudulent identity papers, and in pursuit of those things one of the most dangerous gangsters in China.

Add to that Rose’s innocent involvement in a North Korean counterfeiting operation and an off the tracks agent of the American Secret Service who’s dying to put Poke behind bars, and Poke and his family find themselves in a complicated and potentially deadly situation. Getting them all out alive will take every skill Poke has.

Once again, Hallinan has created a complex, emotionally satisfying thriller with edge of your seat suspense and a cast of characters so real you’ll feel you know them. Sharp as a razor and full of heart pounding surprises, The Fourth Watcher firmly establishes Hallinan as a brilliant new voice in the world of suspense.

Breathing Water

Behind every great fortune is a great crime…

For American ex pat writer Poke Rafferty, a late night poker game delivers an unexpected prize: an ‘opportunity’ to write the biography of Khun Pan, a flamboyant, vulgar, self made billionaire with a criminal past and far reaching political ambitions. The win seems like a stroke of luck, but as with so many things in vibrant, seductive, contradictory Bangkok a city of innocence and evil, power and poverty the allure of appearances masks something much darker. Within a few hours of folding his cards, Rafferty, his wife, Rose, beloved adopted daughter, Miaow, and best friend, Arthit, an honest Bangkok cop, have become pawns in a political struggle among some of Thailand’s richest, most powerful, and most ruthless people.

A hero to the poor and dispossessed, Pan is like a bone in the throats of the beautiful, sophisticated ‘good’ people who own and control every facet of Thailand and want more. There are many who would prefer that a book, especially a sympathetic book, stay unwritten. And there are others who want to expose Pan’s darker secrets, information useful in a preemptive strike against this profligate billionaire who can threaten their hold on power a situation they will go to murderous lengths to prevent.

Damned if he does, damned if he doesn’t, Rafferty is Breathing Water and sinking deeper in a sea of intrigue with each passing hour. The trouble multiplies when a missing young street friend of Miaow’s reappears, needing Rafferty’s help to protect an innocent village girl trapped in a baby selling ring. Pushed ever closer to the abyss, Rafferty has one chance to get them all out alive. But to succeed, this foreigner must do the impossible keep a cool Thai heart.

Set in the Thailand of today’s headlines a nation of unrest, political uncertainty, corruption, and tradition, where the future looks dangerously precarious Breathing Water is the story of a deadly game in which the stakes are enormous and life is literally cheap. The most compelling Poke Rafferty thriller yet, it is a journey that goes beyond the illusion of order and stability into a world where a wrong turn can lead to chaos, and where love and courage may not be enough to hold back the darkness.

The Queen of Patpong

For American travel writer Poke Rafferty, life finally seems to hold some semblance of stability. He and his longtime love, Rose, have gone through with their much deferred marriage ceremony, their adopted daughter, Miaow, a former street child, has become a loving if sometimes difficult part of the family, and the three of them live in relative comfort thanks to Rose’s housekeeping business and Rafferty’s writing. Then a nightmare figure from Rose’s time as a Patpong dancer barges into their world, shattering the peace they’ve worked so hard to obtain. His appearance threatens everything they cherish: their love, their home…
their very lives. As a foreigner who’s seen some of the worst Bangkok has to offer and survived confrontations with Thailand’s most powerful and dangerous elements, Rafferty feels equal to most of the challenges Bangkok can throw at him. But now his only hope is to discover the whole truth of Rose’s past a journey down the dark and twisting road that turned a shy, awkward village teenager into the queen of Asia’s most lurid red light street: Patpong Road. And just when Rafferty thought life was looking good, reality comes crashing in as he learns that the secrets from Rose’s former life are almost impossible to accept and even harder to survive. The Queen of Patpong is a terrifying, heart breaking, electrifying story of peril, love, and, ultimately, redemption in modern day Thailand and the most ambitious, affecting novel yet from thriller master Timothy Hallinan.

The Four Last Things

Fans of Robert B. Parker’s Spenser books should try this one. Hallinan, a 2011 Best Novel Edgar finalist, began his six book Simeon Grist series with this white knuckle mystery. Simeon Grist knows L.A. inside and out the sex for sale, the chic seductions, every rip off from City Hall to Venice. So when he’s hired by a Hollywood recording company to shadow one Sally Oldfield, suspected of embezzlement, Grist discovers she’s entangled in The Church of the Eternal Moment a million dollar religious scam built around a 12 year old channeler and the voice of a man who has been dead for a millennium. When Sally turns up dead, Simeon knows he’s become the next target of a very flesh and blood entity waiting in the back alleys of sin and salvation to give him a brutal look at The Four Last Things: death, judgment, heaven and hell revelations he could definitely live without…
_______________________________________________________________From Publishers Weekly:’Simeon Grist, former professor of English at UCLA and fledgling L.A. private eye, makes his debut in this clever mystery. To propel his plot, Hallinan adroitly depicts a new religion with avaricious leaders, New Age channeling and an overlay of California kookiness. Hired by the head of security of Monument Records to follow employee Sally Oldfield, suspected of selling information to competitors, Grist develops a liking for the woman. Then she is brutally murdered, and Grist is shocked to find that an impostor assigned him to the case. Investigating on his own, he follows leads to the Church of the Eternal Moment, with its child oracle Angel Ellspeth, her oh so smooth personal physician Dick Merryman and its crew of Listeners to whom the faithful confess all. As Grist searches for clues, aided by a former girlfriend, Eleanor Chan, now writing for the Los Angeles Times, he is threatened, beaten and involved in another murder. Televangelism, brainwashing, research into the early 19th century diaspora of new American religions and a most unusual ally lead Grist to the denouement of this very satisfying mystery.’ Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. Terrific, well crafted, thoroughly satisfying…
updates Raymond Chandler’s vision of life in Los Angeles through Grist’s sardonic, often hilarious observations…
leaves one looking forward to Hallinan’s future endeavors. Los Angeles Herald Tribune It’s rare to find a first novel in the mystery genre that boasts a smoothly plotted story, crisp dialogue, and excellent characterizations…
This exciting tale accomplishes all three…
The book never falters, sustaining suspense and interest throughout…
a sure winner. BooklistHallinan has a genuine ability to write effective prose, engaging repartee, sharp and witty characterizations…
this laudable first effort could become a notable series. The Washington Post Book World Wonderful…
you gotta love a novel that starts with the hard drinking private eye sighing about the dame he’s been following. West Coast Review of Books Hallinan neatly maximizes his gift for offbear characters and clever pacing…
Simeon Grist, the sleuth he created, is in a class by himself. Inside Books

Everything But the Squeal

Robert B. Parker and Robert Crais fans will enjoy 2011 ‘Best Novel’ nominee Hallinan’s overeducated private eye, Simeon Grist. In the second book in Hallinan’s cult series, originally published in the 1990s, Grist takes a case, that leads him to the phantom neighborhoods of L.A.’s lost children. Missing thirteen year old Aimee Sorrell, who ran all the way from Kansas to be a star. But Aimee’s trail soon leads Simeon to the city morgue, the first stop on a perilous journey to find out what happens to America’s lost children when they go looking for love in all the wrong places. From Publishers WeeklySimeon Grist, seen before in The Four Last Things , is an up to date private eye, a hip survivor of the Woodstock Generation bemused by current L.A. life. He’s also a bit seedy, drinking too much and backsliding into cigarette smoking, with a wry outlook and heart of gold that keep him squarely in the hardboiled Hammett Chandler tradition. Hired to find a 13 year old runaway who left Kansas to become a Hollywood star, Simeon soon finds himself mired in L.A.’s seamy underworld of teenage hustlers, pimps and all around losers. Using as decoys his teenage godchild Jessica and a young computer whiz smitten by her, Simeon uncovers a vast interstate ring involving a talent agency, a bent cop and high tech kiddy sex. While providing a nasty new meaning for a computer ‘menu’ and some scenes not for the squeamish, Hallinan employs skillful pacing, L.A. color and Simeon’s attractive persona to grip readers right through the gory climax and somewhat reassuring ending. Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. From BooklistHallinan’s first novel, The Four Last Things, introduced Southern California professor turned private eye Simeon Grist and was notable for its superior plot, dialogue, and characterizations. The second Grist novel is as entertaining as the first, although its subject matter child prostitution is hardly light. Hired to find Aimee Sorrell, a 13 year old runaway from Kansas City who has been kidnapped, Grist attempts to get a lead by hanging out with the young hookers and pimps who frequent the area between Sunset and Fountin Boulevards in Hollywood. His discoveries lead, first, to a strange alliance with the bizarre Mountain a self appointed guardian angel who tries to convince the runaways to go home and, next, to the recruiting of Grist’s goddaughter, Jessica, and her computer nerd friend, Morris, to assist in the hunt for Aimee. Hallinan once again supplies a riveting story, and Grist continues to be one of the most intriguing of the new private eyes. Be forewarned, though: the denoument is grim indeed. From Library JournalSimeon Grist, persistently hard nosed private eye, searches the draggy side of Los Angeles for a little lost rich girl. The 12 year old’s mother has received obscene pictures and a ransom note of sorts, so Grist, disgusted and enraged, dives into a graphic world of teenage prostitution, drug abuse, instant violence, colorful street people, and odious exploitation. By treating a grimly fascinating subject matter and location with sharp voiced style and verve, Hallinan rises far above his first effort, The Four Last Things . Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc. Squeal combines high octane action, baroque violence, humor, and pathos in a self assured manner that marks Mr. Hallinan as a capable practitioner of the private eye tale. Tom Nolan, The Wall Street Journal

Skin Deep

EDITORIAL REVIEWSPRODUCT DESCRIPTIONFor a fee so big he can’t turn it down, LA private eye Simeon Grist is hired to watchdog the kind of guy he’d usually prefer to throw through the nearest window. Toby Vane is the golden boy of prime time TV, whose gee whiz smile and chiseled features are worth hundreds of millions of dollars in the lucrative syndication market. But Toby has a dark side that would take the shine off for his millions of adoring female fans: every now and then he beats up a woman, and almost any woman will do. When some of the women around Toby begin to turn up dead, Simeon has to figure out whether he’s protecting a murderer or whether one of Toby’s multitude of enemies wants to put him away forever. And when Simeon meets the beautiful Nana, the whole situation becomes very personal, very fast. PRAISE FOR Skin Deep AND THE SIMEON GRIST NOVELS Gutsy, vibrant…
a sharp noir L.A. Portrait. Kirkus Reviews Riveting, action packed…
Hallinan’s best yet. Library Journal A genuine, hard boiled whodunit with plenty of motives, cagey suspects, and secret past lives. BooklistA welcome visit from an old, tough friend…
Hallinan does a great job…
Excellent! Chicago Tribune The third…
Simeon Grist makes me eager to go back and catch up on the first two. The Indianapolis News A modern successor to Raymond Chandler. Los Angeles Daily News


When a wealthy man is set ablaze by the ‘Incinerator‘ a deranged pyromaniac who is stalking the homeless of L.A. professor turned private investigator Simeon Grist is determined to catch the killer. AB.

The Man With No Time

When two young children become the targets of a Chinatown kidnapping, hip, forty something private eye Simeon Grist is forced to explore the hidden world of the Asian underground in the United States.

The Bone Polisher

Begged by a desperate youth to protect television star and psychic Max Grover from a rampaging serial killer, private investigator Simeon Grist is unable to prevent the murder and seeks out the secret shared by the victims. AB.

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