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The Man With No Time Paperback – May, 1995

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From Publishers Weekly

The trail of two missing Chinese children shouldn't lead to a slave market, and Simeon Grist should still be languishing somewhere in academia, not sleuthing his way through Los Angeles. Blunt wit and copious running gags have fueled this first-rate series ( Skin Deep , etc.), whose latest entry features a mostly Asian cast, including Grist's former lover Eleanor, whose brother's two children have been abducted. Horace, the father, promptly vanishes into Chinatown after them, and a beloved uncle gradually emerges as the chief suspect. The kids turn up later, but Horace is still AWOL. Simeon then stumbles into the world of Charlie Wah, who struggles with his English but more than masters the art of killing. Before long, Grist has saved a young Vietnamese boy (then gotten him blind drunk), enlisted a few other unsavory deadbeats and set forth to free a ship full of slaves, with one of the chief slavemasters looking more and more like Eleanor's aunt. The author's relentless quest for wit means that no opportunity for a smart-ass one-liner is ever willingly squandered, and some latitude is definitely required from the more single-minded clue-hunters, as well as from the squeamish, who may find Grist's first grisly encounter with Wah unnecessarily brutal. A not quite up-to-par addition to the Grist canon.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Kirkus Reviews

Hard-boiled Simeon Grist (Incinerator, etc.) now rushes in to help longtime love Eleanor Chan when her niece and nephew are kidnapped for what seem (to Grist) inscrutable Chinese reasons--but clearly the Chan family knows something and clearly it involves Uncle Lo, also missing. As Grist searches for the kids, he bumps into two separate illegal alien stories: one concerning Uncle Lo and aged Esther Summerson, a retired missionary; the other concerning work slaves indentured to the likes of sadist Charlie Wah. The kids are returned, but Grist has to find their dad, Horace, who's gone in search of Uncle Lo, thereby putting both himself and Grist in the path of various Chinese protection societies and Vietnamese thugs and Thai prostitutes. To break up the various slave rings, Grist puts together a black gang and, with split-second derring-do, waylays payoffs to the Chinese, liberates the slaves, and overcomes a spot of torture meant to cripple him. Memorable for a baby-faced Vietnamese assassin, a dateless teenager, a gruesome double murder, and Hallinan's droll depiction of the Asian communities warring in California. If you can handle the rough stuff: a lippy, fast-paced read. -- Copyright ©1993, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Series: Simeon Grist Mystery
  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Avon Books (Mm); Reprint edition (May 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0380713713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0380713714
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 4.5 x 7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,764,459 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Lil Gluckstern on March 28, 2011
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Simeon Grist gets into serious trouble, and the subject gets more serious-Chinese gangs, Vietnamese gangs wrenching tales from Eleanor Chan, who is Simeon's ex-girlfriend, but very much present. There is a meditation on time, and Simeon ponders his life as he gets a bit older, and thinks about time. As always, Hallinan satisfies with a solid story and his own love of humor-there is a family of unexpected good guys named Doody, all of who have names beginning with H. I think that is what makes Hallinan such a pleasure to read. If it gets too serious, there is something to laugh at. If it gets too humorous, well, the message is deadly serious-the need for family, for trust, for support, caring, and love.
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Is it really possible to write a series where the next installment is better than it's predecessor? In the case of Tim Hallinan's Simeon Grist Mysteries, the answer is a resounding YES! If you've read the earlier novels in the Simeon series, you know you've finally come home with THE MAN WITH NO TIME. Readers are fully welcomed into the Chan family - not just the lives of Horace, Pansy and Mrs Chan, but also early life with Simeon and Eleanor. If you were a fan of Dexter Smif, he's back, and he's got the five Doody brothers with him (each one's bigger than the other).

TMWNT carries the reader along at a blistering pace, but one never feels lost. The characters are all wonderfully layered - the bad guy, Charlie Wah, is not without a humorous quirk, but he's still remarkably loathsome. For the Poke fans, Tran reminds me of Boo/Superman.

All in all, Mr Hallinan's scored another homer in his Simeon series. It's not too dark, not too light, and has just enough grit to keep you grounded.
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Read Poke Rafferty first because I love Bangkok. Now I am hooked on Simeon Grist. Will read all of Rafferty's books. Much better, thought out (although he says it is "without a net") and fun to read. Glad they are on the Kindle.
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I had the privilege of meeting Tim Hallinan sometime ago at Book'em in South Pasadena, CA. I've been a fan of the Simeon Grist series since the first book. I happen to have signed 1st editions of the entire series.

Anyway, this story takes on the Asian underworld in Los Angeles. It's a subject we Asians have heard about, speculated about, dreaded, and I'm sure have ignored for the reasons that just happen to appear in this story. And with great sensitivity I may add. Since having read this book many years ago, I have gained a greater appreciation for the nuisances of this subject matter. I can only say that for an Asian fan of Tim Hallinan I am appreciative of the cultural sensitivity he exercised in creating this work.

In this mix throw in a wise-cracking, irreverent hard-boiled detective and insert perhaps the funniest bunch of do-gooders and misfits in trying to help innocent people escape the clutches of slavers. I leave you to discover how heinous the bad guys really are. They're plenty bad.
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Ever since I read Breathing Water, I have been a huge fan of Tim Hallinan's books and I am not disappointed with this one. Once again, Simeon Grist rushes into mayhem and madness when he helps his longtime love Eleanor Chan when her niece and nephew are kidnapped. The clash between his white man's logic and the Chinese reasoning is always a point of great interest when Simeon is dealing with Eleanor and the extended Chan family, which includes Uncle Lo, who is also missing.

The search for the missing children takes Grist down a path that leads to Charlie Wah, a man who deals in the slave trade and is not reluctant to take out anyone in his way. The closer Grist gets to Charlie, the more danger he and the Chan family are in.

In typical Simeon way, the story is filled with his sardonic wit and some of the one-liners are laugh-out-loud funny. Sometimes other characters don't find them so funny, but that is part of Simeon's plan. The resolution has a bit of a super-hero cast to it, but then, what is Simeon if not a super hero?
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This is the fifth Simeon Grist novel that I've read. I loved it as much as I did the other four. It was a rich combination of intelligence and violence. Timothy Hallinan is a talented author that is under appreciated. The one thing that I like about his novels is that there is always a discussion with someone on a very deep subject. The characters in the novel are rich and fascinating and the plot is really intricate. I recommend it to all mystery fans, unless you have a squeamish stomach.
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Really enjoy the Simeon Grist as well as the Poke Rafferty books. Great action, funny believable characters. Interesting insight into the Chinese and Vietnamese crime element in this country as well as their homeland. The book has a little of everything, family, love, good deeds, honor, murder, torture, and a good story to tie them all together. The only negative I can say about Hallinan is that he just hasn't written enough books. I've read them all and now have to wait for the next. Buck up, Timothy, swig some energy drink and get me a new book out there.
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Timothy Hallinan has entertained me well with his Poke Rafferty novels set in Thailand. The Man With No Time is not part of that series, but involves Chinese in Los Angeles. I read 200 pages of it and realized that I just didn't care to finish it. It seemed to go round and round with all this mystic smuggling and gangs. I have read plenty of similar novels and enjoyed them, but this one did not keep my interest. That won't stop me from the next Poke Rafferty novel though.
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