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The Bone Polisher (Simeon Grist #6) (Simeon Grist Mystery) Kindle Edition

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From Publishers Weekly

Hallinan (The Man with No Time) shifts between cute and scary in the latest case he sets for L.A. shamus Simeon Grist, embroiled here in the search for a serial killer who preys on gay men. Simeon, decidely heterosexual, is close to tying the knot with longtime lady friend Eleanor, when he's hired by a dying man who believes his elderly lover, Max, is in mortal danger. The man is right: Max is soon the victim of a homophobic serial killer who slices his victims open and then writes home to their families to reveal the secret of their sexuality. The wit of Hallinan's previous Simeon outings is still in evidence here (he begins with a coyly sinister introduction to the murderer), but some of these issues, e.g., uncertain sexual orientation and self-loathing, are hard matters to successfully crack wise over. Now nearing 40, Simeon seems a bit old for the whining angst that impending nuptials inspire in him. This sixth Simeon Grist tale will appeal most to longtime fans of the series.
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From Booklist

Simeon Grist is a private detective with a problem: he is beginning to fear the bad guys. Trapped in a murdered man's house with a sociopathic killer, overwhelmed by a sense of his impending death, Grist turns and runs. Admittedly, he lives to fight (and triumph) another day, but the fear gnaws at him, exacerbated by the realization that he is aging without making much of a contribution to the world. Hallinan's sixth Simeon Grist novel is putatively about a serial killer who is preying on the gay community of West Hollywood, but it is also a meditation on life, on commitment, on the meaning of age in a youth-obsessed and media-saturated culture. Hallinan captures the littlest human idiosyncrasies, the most mundane familial interactions, and infuses them with a depth of meaning not usually found in the crime genre. He even manages to do so with a sly grin and a loopy sense of humor. Read his latest as a straightforward detective novel, or read it as a slightly off-kilter philosophical tome, but do yourself a favor and read it! George Needham

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  • File Size: 651 KB
  • Print Length: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Hallinan Consulting, LLC (February 22, 2012)
  • Publication Date: February 22, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D857PK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #408,922 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Edgar, Shamus, Macavity and Lefty nominee Timothy Hallinan has written eighteen published novels, all thrillers and mysteries, all critically praised. He currently writes two series, one set in Los Angeles and the other in Bangkok.

His 2014 Junior Bender novel, "Herbie's Game," won the Lefty Award for Best Comic Crime Novel of the year. His 2010 Poke Rafferty Bangkok novel, "The Queen of Patpong," was nominated for the Edgar as Best Mystery of the Year.

The Junior Bender mysteries trace the adventures of a burglar who moonlights as a private eye for crooks. In its first eighteen months, the series has been nominated for both the Lefty and the Shamus for best mystery. The titles to date are "Crashed," "Little Elvises," "The Fame Thief," and "Herbie's Game." Coming in April 2016 is "King Maybe."

The Junior Bender books are presently in development by comedian Eddie Izzard as a primetime television series.

In 2007, the first of his Edgar-nominated Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, "A Nail Through the Heart", was published. "Hallinan scores big-time," said Kirkus Reviews, which went on to call the book "dark, often funny, and ultimately enthralling." "Nail" was named one of the top mysteries of the year by The Japan Times.

Rafferty's Bangkok adventures have continued with "The Fourth Watcher," "Breathing Water," "The Queen of Patpong," "The Fear Artist," and "For the Dead." "Queen," in addition to the Edgar, was nominated for the Macavity. Coming in 2015 is "The Hot Countries."

In the 1990s he wrote six mysteries featuring the erudite private eye Simeon Grist, beginning with "The Four Last Things," which made several Ten Best lists, including that of The Drood Review. The other books in the series were well reviewed, and several of them were optioned for motion pictures. The series is now regarded as a cult favorite.

He has also edited two books. "Shaken: Stories for Japan" contained original stories by top mystery writers and raised more then $100,000 for tsunami relief efforts, with every penny going straight to Japan. "Making Story: 21 Writers and How They Plot" contained practical ideas on plotting by well-known mystery and thriller writers.

Hallinan has written full-time since 2006. Since 1982 he has divided his time between Los Angeles and Southeast Asia, the setting for his Poke Rafferty novels.

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By EvKa on February 25, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Simeon Grist, in his fifth outing, fights the good fight, of course.

Simeon is asked to help save the life of an aging homosexual, someone who doesn't think their life is in danger. Unfortunately, the victim-to-be proves to be mistaken, and Simeon is soon entangled in the police investigation and the attempt to track down the killer before any more people die. Written in the early 1990s, this book still reads very fresh, even with the large changes in society's attitude about gay issues over the past 20 years. The book is filled with living, breathing, FASCINATING characters, and they will carry you through the story effortlessly.

This is the last of the Simeon Grist books to appear in e-book format, and I'm very sorry to see them come to an end, as Simeon and friends have become dear companions over the course of six books. I wish there were more!

There are currently six books in the series. They don't NEED to be read in order, but some characters' story-lines do carry over from book to book. The order in which they were written is:
1) Skin Deep
2) The Four Last Things
3) Everything But The Squeal
4) Incinerator
5) The Bone Polisher
6) The Man With No Time

An excellent hard-boiled detective series!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Lil Gluckstern on February 27, 2012
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Simeon Grist, learned Private Investigator, who appears to be drifting in his life in Topanga Canyon is secretively approached by by a young man who fears that his elderly lover, also male, might be in danger. This is L.A. in the nineties, AIDS is in the gay community, and Max is the older man who takes in young drifters and tries to help them achieve a safer, more stable life. This is the story of that community which is bedeviled by much of the police force, and Simeon finds himself embroiled in gristly murders, involving bones, and the pain of facing his own vulnerability. The biases he experiences when a particularly sadistic policeman who think he is a homosexual, his own ambivalence about his on again off again relationship with his girl friend who shows far more sense than than Simeon does, even his relationship with his guilt tripping mother-all combine to make him doubt his life. He relentlessly hunts for the killer, and uses his customary erudition, and sarcastic humor to see him through. It's all here-the drives around L.A., the diverse population, the heat that is late summer in the City of Angels. Hallinan has a marvelous talent of combining cruel murder, cruel people, and increasing tension with the intense humanity of his characters, and their loves, and needs. This is the last Simeon for now, and I certainly hope he is resurrected for more adventures. Tim Hallinan is a pleasure to read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 22, 1996
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I'm not impartial. I love Simeon Grist. The reluctant
batchelor detective with wandering eyes, a handful of
graduate degrees, and a soft heart is one of my favorite
characters in crime fiction.
This time, Simeon is hired to look into a questionable
situation that ends up as murder. And Simeon's client is
either a) the killer, or b) the next victim. Simeon has to
discover why the killer is killing, find the person responsible,
keep anyone else from getting killed, and, incidentally, keep
himself from becoming the next victim. Hallinan continues his
successful series of Simeon Grist mysteries, and they just keep
getting better with each book. His fans definately won't be disappointed with
this one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Coolfire VINE VOICE on March 15, 2012
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Timothy Hallinan's novels are always a pleasure and Bone Crusher is no exception. Our man, Private Detective Simeon Grist, is beginning to experience second thoughts on his mortality as wisps of fear surface following some of his encounters. Further, making it worse, he no longer recovers rapidly from taking physical punishment. Simeon has to face the consequences of aging, and he finds it unsettling.

This time Simeon is tracking a killer who viciously slaughtered an ex movie idol, Max Grover. Max had devoted his life to selflessly assisting gays who had little else to turn to. The killing took place immediately after Simeon had met Max. It then turns out that the killer is a serial killer, otherwise very likable, who later comes very close to taking the life of Simeon.

We're pleased to see that Simeon's relationship with his previous girl friend, Eleanor, is improving, despite her finding a nude young lady sun bathing on his deck and walking around his house nude. That was a bump along the path of reconciliation.

Halllinan is a master of nuanced descriptions, e.g., "... the cave dwelling stare..." There are also some meaningful conversational quotes, e.g., "After 77 years on earth I'm not going to worry about a couple of minutes."

Timothy Hallinan is an excellent author, not only for the action and mystery, but for many insights and excellent dialogues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on February 11, 2015
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This is the last book of the Simeon Grist series to date. I found the Junior Bender series first, completed it, and then found this earlier series. I've enjoyed it a lot. There is a newer Poke Rafterty series and I'll be on to it soon. Simeon is an unusually erudite detective. The books are what I'd call American style mysteries with more action than puzzle, but the lead character is much more introspective and thoughtful than most action heroes.
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