Join us in welcoming two award-winning mystery authors, Wendy Hornsby of the Maggie MacGowen series, and Timothy Hallinan of the Junior Bender and Poke Rafferty series. Wendy will be signing her tenth title of the series, Disturbing the Dark, featuring Los Angeles-based documentary filmmaker Maggie MacGowen. When Maggie and her crew go to her family farm in France, they inadvertently unearth the remains of more than a dozen German soldiers, dredging up secrets left from the Nazi occupation. Then a young woman’s body is discovered, merging past crimes with present.
Tim will be signing his fifth in the Junior Bender series, King Maybe, featuring the Los Angeles thief who moonlights as a private eye for crooks. Junior is forced to break into the house of the most powerful and feared man in Hollywood, King Maybe. All the warning signs that it’s a set up are there, but Junior is in no position to refuse after a botched burglary job that left a target on his back.
Maggie MacGowen, an investigative filmmaker, is in Normandy with a film crew to document the agricultural four seasons on her ancestral family farm. An accidentally excavated skull causes a social media sensation, dredging up psychic scars left by the wartime German Occupation. In their youth, Grand-mere and other villagers had cut the throats of an entire brutal Nazi platoon. Now the grim discovery prompts tourists, the soldiers descendants, the mass media, and vulturelike war-memorabilia dealers to flock to the formerly quiet farm. Then a young woman is murdered .
Los Angeles burglar Junior Bender is in the middle of burgling a house and has just gotten his hands on one of the world's rarest stamps when the job goes terrifically wrong. After barely escaping, Junior realizes the danger is far from over. He's gotten himself on the wrong side of a man whose name is synonymous with violence, and to save his own skin he's set off a chain reaction of blackmail, strong-arming, and escalating crime. To pay off his underworld debts, Junior is forced to break into the house of the most powerful man in Hollywood, the shadowy, widely feared studio mogul known as King Maybe. It's an impossible break-in, and to get out of the house alive Junior will need to use everything he's learned, plus a few skills he knows he doesn't possess.
Back when Poke Rafferty first arrived in Bangkok to write a travel guide, some of the old-timers in the Expat Bar on Patpong Road helped him make sense of the city. Now these men--many of whom have been living in Southeast Asia since the Vietnam War--have grown old and, in some cases, frail. When a talkative stranger named Arthur Varney turns up, they accept him without suspicion, failing to see that hes actually using them to get to Poke.
A decade has passed since Maggie MacGowens last investigation in the pages of Hornsbys award-winning noir series. Gritty and streetwise, yet compassionate, these mysteries appeal to Americas current fascination with realistic crime stories. Filmmaker Maggie MacGowen has taken on many tough assignments over the years. However, when she discovers a note from her newly dead husband, Detective Mike Flint, urging her her to take a fresh look at a decade-old unsolved case of a boy who went missing, she isnt sure that shes up to the challenge. But how does one say no to a dead man? Maggie seeks information from anyone who has a connection: a spoiled cop, an ex-con taxi dancer, the dead youths gang setthe hookers, the cons, the addicts, the homeless and the hopelessand the good and decent people among them who remain the foundation of a community always in transition, always under siege. The answers Maggie discovers arent what she expects, nor is the sometimes deadly opposition from all sides. But she finds strength from her own resilience...and an acceptance of Mikes final decision.