The Fame Thief

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The Fame Thief

Junior Bender #3

“Four murders, I thought, four murders on one night. Three of them throat-cuttings. All of them because Irwin Dressler had decided to look into the destruction of the career of an as-yet- minor actress sixty years earlier.”

Junior Bender is an expert burglar but he also has a second specialty – he is the “go to guy” whom criminals call in when they want an investigation conducted on the sly. The Irwin Dressler mentioned above is the most feared man in Hollywood because of his connection to the mob. Even in his early ninetiesm Dressler’s word is law in Tinsel Town.

Delving far back into the past, Dressler wants Bender to find out who was responsible for destroying Dolores La Marr’s movie career. Perhaps a real crime wasn’t committed when compromising photos of the starlet were taken at a Las Vegas party with mob bosses years ago, but once Bender begins digging blood begins to flow.

Someone doesn’t want anyone revisiting the past and even with his own life suddenly on the line, Bender has no choice; he must keep digging until he finds where the clues lead.

Able to combine humor with mayhem and make it all seem plausible, Timothy Hallinan has created a popular series featuring a very endearing protagonist. The author’s wit is as sharp as the knife the villain wields in this clever mystery. If you’d like a refreshing change of pace from more serious thrillers, give this comic crime caper a try – it’s sure to amuse and entertain you.

Book Blurb for The Fame Thief


There 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 than seventy years ago, when an old friend of his, once-famous starlet Dolores La Marr, had her career destroyed after compromising photos were taken of her at a Los Vegas party. Dressler wants justice for Dolores and the shining career she never had.

Junior can’t help but think the whole thing is a little crazy. After all, it’s been seventy years. Even if someone did set Dolores up for a fall from grace back then, they’re probably long dead now. But he can't say no to Irwin Dressler (no one can, really). So he starts digging. And what he finds is that some vendettas never die—they only get more dangerous.

Night Owl Reviews Apr, 2014 5.00