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The Four Last Things (Simeon Grist #1) (Simeon Grist Mystery Book 2) by [Hallinan, Timothy]
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About the Author

Timothy Hallinan is the author of nine widely praised books: eight novels including the Bangkok thrillers featuring Poke Rafferty and a work of nonfiction. Along with his wife, Munyin Choy, he divides his time equally between Los Angeles, California, and Southeast Asia.

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Soon after the alleged head of security for a record company hires Simeon Grist to watch Sally Oldfield, a nasty man kills her and then the so-called security head. Grist's investigation (he liked Sally from afar) leads to predictably questionable goings-on at the Church of the Eternal Moment. Hallinan delivers these somewhat muffled connections in mostly flat, charmless prose, so that Hollywood settings and Grist's quirks do little to relieve the boredom. Not recommended.-- REK
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  • File Size: 827 KB
  • Print Length: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Hallinan Consulting; 1 edition (June 26, 2010)
  • Publication Date: June 26, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003UHVTXW
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I'll be the first to admit it; I was very, very skeptical when I bought THE FOUR LAST THINGS. Part of my skepticism had to do with the fact that this was billed as Mr Hallinan's first novel (I've come to find out that's not the case), but mostly because I'd just finished devouring all four Poke Rafferty novels and didn't think the Grist series would come close. I'd already decided the "early works" were not going to be nearly as good as the later ones. Oh, boy, I am so eating crow.

THE FOUR LAST THINGS is everything you could ask for in a suspense novel. Action, humor, and even philosophy, given the theme of this book. For the folks who don't know, this is actually the second in the Simeon series. Grab SKIN DEEP if you want to be properly introduced to Simeon Grist. If you'd rather start with THE FOUR LAST THINGS, it's all good. Mr Hallinan writes his novels in such a way that you never feel like you've missed a whole chunk of what's going on if you read his books out of sequence. He re-introduces tidbits from the previous novels and it does help keep the reader on point.

This book is an enjoyably quick read if you've got the time. Once you start you may very well find that you have to make time.
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For awhile, this book seemed almost timeless -- the main character seemed so 1950's "hard-boiled" detective and a lot of the general descriptions seemed to be post WW-II Los Angeles. Only later is there mention of more recent (1970-1980) dates, which may have been unnecessary. The timelessness could have served well.

A church organization as the antagonist gave opportunity for discussions among the characters about the nature of religion. This was mostly not too heavy-handed (I only skipped forward once). I kept thinking that maybe there was supposed to be a parallel to Scientology.

The sadistic descriptions were held to a minimum and there weren't too many deaths, though there were lots of well-described fights. D. Smif was a great comic relief.

I really liked this book and look forward to another book by this author!
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I bought this book because I have read Tim Hallinan's later books (the Junior Bender series starting with Crashed). This series' hero (?) shares some of the Junior Bender's qualities but you don't get that potential spinning out of control feeling. Simeon Grist is competent, but untrained, smart but impulsive and always caring. Enjoyed this a lot and have purchased the next in the series.
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I've owned this book for over two years and I'm so sorry I just got around to reading it. There's pretty much nothing to dislike about it; Simeon Grist has all the characteristics a heroic investigator must have: he's intelligent (very), has a sense of humor, integrity, determination and compassion. I'm really looking forward to reading the rest of the series.
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It was a double pleasure to encounter a book that (a) has no major editing flaws (b) creates a detective/story that is downright fun to read. Simeon Grist is a treasure. I look forward to his return.
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The first book in the Simeon Grist series to be published, the Four Last Things shows author Hallinan's potential and is a worthy resident in the neighborhood of L.A. mysteries. Let's face it -- there are countless L.A. crime and mystery novels out there. However, the author gives us a sufficiently offbeat protagonist who is intelligent, caring and armed with witty observations -- about life in general and in Los Angeles, in particular, even in the face of daunting and sometimes grim situations.
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I like Mr. Hallinan's books, having read all of his Junior Bender series. There are a lot of similarities between Simeon Grist and Junior: both operate in LA; both are detectives of sorts; both are smartasses; and both are funny. For some reason, however, I found this book less satisfying than the Junior Bender ones, and, to tell you the truth, I'm not sure exactly why. it seemed to bog down in the middle for me, and I'm not sure if that was me or the book. Be that as it may, either I or the book snapped out of it, and the first part of the book and the last make up for the middle in my opinion, although I can't give it a top rating. I'll give Simeon Grist #2 a try and see what I think, but I can recommend this one. although not whole-heartedly.
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This was the first to be published in the Simeon Grist series but the second written. So I read it after the real first, Skin Deep. It makes a great continuation to the character of Grist but also works well stand-alone.

Highly recommended as a fast read.
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