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Timothy Hallinan

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in Los Angeles, The United States




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I'm a thriller and mystery novelist who divides his time between Los Angeles and Southeast Asia, primarily Thailand, where I've has lived off and on for more than twenty years.

My newest book, THE FAME THIEF (July 2013), is the third in a new series of mysteries featuring a Los Angeles burglar named Junior Bender. The first, CRASHED, came out in November of 2012 and the second, LITTLE ELVISES, was released by Soho Crime in Jannuary of this year. The series has been bought for film.

My other series, set in Bangkok, was represented in 2012 by THE FEAR ARTIST, which got stars all over the place. The 2010 book in the series, THE QUEEN OF PATPONG, was nominated for the Edgar and the Macavity Awards for Best Novel. My books have been translated in...more

Average rating: 3.90 · 3,802 ratings · 823 reviews · 25 distinct works · Similar authors
Crashed (Junior Bender, #1)
3.79 of 5 stars 3.79 avg rating — 815 ratings — published 2010 — 11 editions
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A Nail Through the Heart (P...
3.85 of 5 stars 3.85 avg rating — 697 ratings — published 2007 — 12 editions
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Little Elvises (Junior Bend...
3.93 of 5 stars 3.93 avg rating — 386 ratings — published 2011 — 11 editions
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The Queen of Patpong (Poke ...
4.14 of 5 stars 4.14 avg rating — 319 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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The Fourth Watcher: A Novel...
4.01 of 5 stars 4.01 avg rating — 315 ratings — published 2008 — 9 editions
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4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 246 ratings — published 2009 — 8 editions
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The Fear Artist (Poke Raffe...
4.13 of 5 stars 4.13 avg rating — 218 ratings — published 2012 — 5 editions
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The Fame Thief (Junior Bend...
3.91 of 5 stars 3.91 avg rating — 208 ratings — published 2013 — 7 editions
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The Four Last Things (Simeo...
3.64 of 5 stars 3.64 avg rating — 151 ratings — published 1989 — 4 editions
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3.78 of 5 stars 3.78 avg rating — 74 ratings — published 1991 — 4 editions
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A Nail Through the Heart The Fourth Watcher: A Novel... Breathing Water: A Bangkok ... The Queen of Patpong The Fear Artist For the Dead
Poke Rafferty Mystery (6 books)
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“Life is a gift. If we don't live it well, we are being ungrateful. And we have to love the ones who journey with us." (A Nail Through the Heart)”
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“The chuckle is a perfectly acceptable form of laughter.”
Timothy Hallinan, Breathing Water: A Bangkok Thriller

“What was it like, being married to six actresses?"

"Like being married to one of them. They're all pretty much alike."

"Why'd you keep doing it, then?"

"Hope is the thing with feathers," Trent said, "that tickles your scrotum at the moments when you most need a clear head.”
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“Life is a gift. If we don't live it well, we are being ungrateful. And we have to love the ones who journey with us." (A Nail Through the Heart)”
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Timothy Hallinan Hey, Beth -- we scribblers have to stick together.

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Beth Hi Timothy,
Thanks for befriending this fellow author on Goodreads!

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