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Fields Where They Lay

Timothy Hallinan

ISBN: 9781616957469

Published: October, 2016

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Hardcover $25.99

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It’s three days until Christmas and Junior Bender, Hollywood’s fast-talking fixer for the felonious, is up to his ears in shopping mall Santas, Russian mobsters, desperate holiday shoppers, and (’tis the season) murder.

The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of...

It’s three days until Christmas and Junior Bender, Hollywood’s fast-talking fixer for the felonious, is up to his ears in shopping mall Santas, Russian mobsters, desperate holiday shoppers, and (’tis the season) murder.

The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Edgerton isn’t exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and festive lights. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem.

The murderous Russian mobster who owns the place has decided it takes a thief to catch a thief and hires Junior — under threat — to solve the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior’s surveillance operation doesn’t go well: as Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it’s obvious that shop lifting is the least of the mall’s problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmas — both present and past.

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“A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2016.”
“A Publishers Weekly Editor's Pick Top 10 for Fall.”
“Burglar Junior Bender may just be our favorite literary P.I.”
–Entertainment Weekly
“A plum pudding stuffed with cynical disillusionment, organized and disorganized crime, two Santas, a seasonal miracle, and an ending that earns every bit of its uplift.”
—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
“Plenty funny and packed with colorful characters. ”
—The New York Times Book Review
“Dangerously outrageous. ”
—Associated Press