Timothy Hallinan

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Timothy Hallinan at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.

Timothy Hallinan (born 1949) is an American thriller writer, based in Southern California and Southeast Asia. In the 1990s, Hallinan created the erudite private eye Simeon Grist, who appeared in a total of six novels, all set in Los Angeles. The series was widely and well reviewed, with some titles appearing on critics "Ten Best" lists for the year in which they appeared, such as that of the Drood Review of Mystery,[1] but did not achieve widespread popularity. Hallinan returned to publication in 2007 with a second series, set in Bangkok,[2] where he has lived off and on since the early 1980s.[3] The new series features a rough-travel writer named Philip ("Poke") Rafferty, who has settled in the Thai capital and is in the process of trying to cobble together a family comprising Rose, the former go-go dancer he loves, and a precocious street urchin named Miaow. The first book in the series is A Nail Through the Heart (William Morrow). In 2011 he launched a third series starring Junior Bender, private detective to Los Angeles' underworld elite.

In his non-writing career, Hallinan served as a consultant to some of America's top corporations, advising on issues of television sponsorship and audience-building. He also created a firm, Hallinan Consulting, that created educators' websites on behalf of a number of public television programs, including "The Rise and Fall of Jim Crow," "Slavery in America," and "The Supreme Court." He now writes full-time.

Hallinan lives six months a year in Santa Monica, California, and six months a year in Southeast Asia.


Simeon Grist series[edit]

Series about an erudite LA private eye. NOTE: While "Skin Deep" was the third published novel, it was actually the first written and, according to the internal chronology of the series, takes place earlier than the other Simeon Grist books.

Poke Rafferty series[edit]

Thrillers set in Bangkok - a travel writer trying to make a life in the Thai capital.

Junior Bender series[edit]

Comic thriller series about a Junior Bender, a thief's thief with a moral compass.

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