Timothy Hallinan is the Edgar- and Macavity-nominated author of numerous widely praised books—twelve novels and a work of nonfiction—including the Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers and the Junior Bender mysteries, including Crashed, which kicked off the series.
The latest Junior Bender novel is Herbie's Game.
From Hallinan's Q & A with Neal Thompson for Omnivoracious:
Book that changed your life?Visit Timothy Hallinan's website and blog.
The Wizard of Oz, L. Frank Baum. My family moved all the time – 22 houses in my 18 years with them, and when you're a kid, a move across town might as well be to the next galaxy. All your friends disappear, you're in a new school, and so forth. You learn not to make friends. When I was seven, I read The Wizard of Oz and realized that wherever I went, I could take books with me. From then on, I read all the time. It's impossible for me to imagine who I would be if that part of my life hadn't opened up so wondrously.
Book that made you want to become a writer?
The Big Sleep, pure and simple. It opened to me a form of storytelling in which the objective was to answer a question, and the answer was buried deep inside a character. And, like most really great writers, Chandler made it look easy. Eighteen books later, I'm...[read on]
The Page 69 Test: Crashed.
My Book, The Movie: Crashed.