Timothy Hallinan, beloved and award-winning author of the Junior Bender and Poke Raffery series, is this month’s feature on our sister site, Discover Mysteries.

The feature includes a deep dive into the Junior Bender series (we’ll run one on the Poke series soon!) that highlights the sharp-edged humor, thrilling pace, and satisfying plot devices that are hallmarks of these seven books:

“Laughter and larceny are on the loose in Los Angeles in Timothy Hallinan’s acclaimed Junior Bender mysteries. Fans of Donald Westlake’s John Archibald Dortmunder books, Lawrence Block’s Bernie Rhodenbarr series, or any of Elmore Leonard’s hardboiled hijinks will feel right at home in Hallinan’s comedic capers about a professional burglar whose jobs are never as simple as they seem. Hallinan deftly balances zany plots and eccentric characters with sufficient gravity to make the suspense gripping and the action tense, all while maintaining Bender’s humanity and professionalism. It’s a task as complex and tricky as any of Bender’s cases, but Hallinan pulls it off gracefully like the perfect score—getting away clean and leaving no trace.”

Read the complete essay on Discover Mysteries.