Today we pause our relentless schedule of ruthless self-promotion to tell you of an opportunity you’ll not want to pass up.
Timothy Hallinan is a 2011 Edgar and Macavity Award nominee for his fourth Poke Rafferty book, The Queen of Patpong. (A Nail Through the Heart, The Fourth Watcher, and Breathing Water are the others.) He’s also the author of the Junior Bender series of e-books (Crashed and Little Elvises), which are about as much fun as you’re likely to have while reading. (Unless you can get Scarlett Johannsen to read to you. Then the phone book might be a lot of fun.)
Turns out Tim did not spring fully formed from the head of Zeus with A Nail Through the Heart. That’s just when I learned of him. He had previously written a six-book series featuring LA PI Simeon Grist, all of which were well-received.
This weekend only, the sixth Grist novel—The Bone Polisher—is available free for Kindle. Here’s the Amazon blurb to pique your interest:
2011 Edgar and Macavity nominee Timothy Hallinan's sixth and final novel featuring erudite Los Angeles private eye Simeon Grist takes place in the West Hollywood of 1995, where the community is shaken by the brutal killing of an older man who was widely loved for his generosity and kindness. In a time when the police were largely indifferent to crimes against gay people, Simeon is hired to catch the murderer—and finds himself up against the most dangerous adversary of his career, a man who kills his victims one once, but twice: once physically and once in spirit. The story's climax takes place at a memorable Halloween-themed wake, but there's a big plot twist yet to come."
The man can write. Aside from memorable characters and entertaining dialog, he has a knack for coming up with endings that are not only satisfying, but not quite what you expected while seeming inevitable. I’ve not read The Bone Polisher, but I have read Everything But the Squeal, which was a kick-ass book calculated to make me want to read more. I’d jump all over this freebie, except I already have The Bone Polisher on my Kindle.
Warning: Hallinan is like a drug dealer. He’s giving you this one for free. You’re going to want more.