Fields Where They Lay

Fields Where They Lay

eBook - 2016
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It's three days until Christmas and Junior Bender, Hollywood's fasttalking fixer for the felonious, is up to his ears in shopping mall Santas, Russian mobsters, desperate holiday shoppers, and ('tis the season) murder. The halls are decked, the deck is stacked, and here comes that jolly old elf. Junior Bender, divorced father of one and burglar extraordinaire, finds himself stuck inside the Edgerton Mall, and not just as a last-minute shopper (though he is that too). Edgerton isn't exactly the epicenter of holiday cheer, despite its two Santas, canned Christmas music, chintzy bows, and festive lights. The mall is a fossil of an industry in decline; many of its stores are closed, and to make matters worse, there is a rampant shoplifting problem. The murderous Russian mobster who owns the place has decided it takes a thief to catch a thief and hires Junior?under threat?to solve the shoplifting problem for him. But Junior's surveillance operation doesn't go well: as Christmas Eve approaches, two people are dead and it's obvious that shoplifting is the least of the mall's problems. To prevent further deaths, possibly including his own, Junior must confront his dread of Christmas?both present and past. From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: [S.I.] : Soho Press, 2016.
ISBN: 9781616957476
Branch Call Number: eBOOK OVERDRI
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jan 17, 2017

Junior Bender, a thief with a passion for literature and history, finds himself saddled with a job he doesn't want three days before Christmas. Tip Poindexter, formerly a Russian mobster that Junior's dubbed Vlad, wants to know why shoplifting has increased markedly at his investment property, the Edgerton Mall. As Junior explores the dying mall's security issues, he becomes friends with Santa #1 (the mall has 2) whose real name is Shlomo Stempel. When a popular shopkeeper named Bonnie is found dead in an abandoned department store space, the pressure on Junior only increases. Hallinan skillfully weaves several subplots into a fast-paced story whose ending can only be called poetic justice.

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