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

Timothy Hallinan
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Book Description

The six Simeon Grist private-eye novels by 2011 Edgar and Macavity Award nominee Timothy Hallinan have become cult favorites and are now available for the first time since the 1990s. The sixth in the series, THE BONE POLISHER, earned starred reviews all around. It takes place in the West Hollywood of 1995, where the community is shaken by the brutal killing of an older man who was widely loved for his generosity and kindness. In a time when the police were largely indifferent to crimes against gay people, Simeon is hired to catch the murderer—and finds himself up against the most dangerous adversary of his career, a man who kills his victims one once, but twice: once physically and once in spirit. The story's climax occurs at a memorable Halloween-themed wake, but there's a big plot twist yet to come.


EDITORIAL REVIEWS

From Booklist:

Simeon Grist is a private detective with a problem: he is beginning to fear the bad guys . . . 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!

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.

From Mostly Murder:

“Creepy . . . Screamingly funny . . . A snappy thriller . . . The only question that remains unanswered is whether success will spoil Timothy Hallinan. With THE BONE POLISHER, it's only a matter of time before we find out.“

PRAISE FOR TIMOTHY HALLINAN AND THE SIMEON GRIST MYSTERIES

“You won't read a better thriller this year!” John Lescroart on THE QUEEN OF PATPONG

“The best thriller of the year.” Larry Beinhart on BREATHING WATER

“Exceptional – a thriller with a heart . . . haunting and insightful.” The Denver Post on THE QUEEN OF PATPONG

“Another masterpiece of contemporary crime fiction.” Adrian McKinty, author of FIFTY GRAND

“Timothy Hallinan is one of the great unsung mystery writers.” Ken Bruen, author of LONDON BOULEVARD

“Hallinan is terrific.” T. Jefferson Parker, author of IRON RIVER

“A skittering roller-coaster ride . . . one of the most intriguing of the new private eyes.” Booklist

“An excellent job – when it comes to making a quick run up Topanga Canyon in the 1990s, Hallinan has the top down and he's ready to go.” Chicago Tribune

“A generous and inventive writer . . . Hallinan has talent and skill. Simeon Grist is a classic California hard-boiled detective, beautifully playing the role of knight errant.” The Drood Review

Effective prose, engaging repartee, sharp and witty characterizations . . . Hallinan has a genuine abiliity" Washington Post


Editorial Reviews

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: 405 KB
  • Print Length: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Hallinan Consulting, LLC (February 22, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007D857PK
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great capstone to a great series! 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
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Format:Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars L. A Thriller, Very Human Folks 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Master of nuanced description 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great read from a great author March 12, 2012
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This last of the Simeon Grist novels shows the character's growth and evolution through the series. The "who dun it" aspect of the book is compelling in itself, but the exploration of the human frailties is what makes the book so much more so. I would love to see what Simeon did with his life thereafter. How about it, Mr. Hallinan?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent product and service
Published 8 days ago by John Dobbyn
4.0 out of 5 stars Grist
I love this series!! Hopefully Mr Hallinan will Grace us with another novel featuring Simeon Grist. I loved all six of these novels!!
Published 18 days ago by K Manning
3.0 out of 5 stars Complicated
Interesting story. I did finish it, but too many characters to keep track of. A bit confused, but successfully wrapped up in the end. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R. Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterful Work of Suspense
Writers of mystery novels would do well to study this enthralling and carefully crafted book, with its admirable attention to character and setting as ingredients of suspense. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Trebatius
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Reading
I enjoyed this book. One was never certain where it might be going, and it was not disappointing. I recommend it!
Published 8 months ago by LovesToRead
4.0 out of 5 stars Tim's so great
I really like Hallinan's style -- and he didn't use too many metaphors this time (vs another Simeon Grist Mystery I read) -- a bit gruesome in parts but an excellent read by and... Read more
Published 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific Plot, interesting characters
This was an "I can't put it down until the end" kind of book for me. Great plot, believable and fully developed characters, wonderful writing. Highly recommend!
Published 16 months ago by aginghippie
4.0 out of 5 stars Highly entertaining!
This is the first book by Timothy Hallinan I have read. It was recommended to me in my list of suggestions at Amazon and came at an excellent price, so I took a chance, never... Read more
Published 16 months ago by Skye Hye
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
This is the last book in the series and is a good read. There aren't a lot of surprises in this book, as we know all of the characters, and are familiar with Hallinan's style by... Read more
Published 19 months ago by David Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Hmmmmmm
the very begining of the boook, the story and introduction of characters is very confusing to me. Took awhile to straighten out the who's who. Read more
Published 21 months ago by terry
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More About the Author

2011 Edgar Nominee Timothy Hallinan has written ten published novels, all thrillers, all critically praised.

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 widely and well reviewed, and several of them were optioned for motion pictures. The series is now regarded as a cult favorite.

In 2007, the first of his Poke Rafferty Bangkok thrillers, "A Nail Through the Heart", was published to unanimously enthusiastic reviews. "Hallinan scores big-time," said Kirkus Reviews, which went on to call the book "dark, often funny, and ultimately enthralling." "Nail" was a Booksense Pick of the Month and was named one of the top mysteries of the year by The Japan Times and several major online review sites.

Rafferty's Bangkok adventures continued with "The Fourth Watcher" (2008) and "Breathing Water" (2009), both of which also appeared on "year's best" lists. New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart said about the 2010 book, "The Queen of Patpong," "You won't read a better thriller this year," and Ken Bruen said, "John Burdett writes about Bangkok. Tim Hallinan is Bangkok. I adore this book."

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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