KING MAYBE, by Timothy Hallinan
What started as the simple heist of a rare stamp turns into a convoluted pay-back scheme that leads Junior - merely to keep himself alive - into even more (corrective, you might say) break-ins, culminating at the fortress-like residence of one of Hollywood's most notorious luminaries. Yet another set-up, but this one's a real killer. Fun, fast, and feisty, this is Hallinan at his sparkling best: witty, original, erudite, violent. . . perfect. It's a 5. Read these in order, they are all great. And if you haven't read Hallinan's Poke Rafferty series, give yourself a treat and pick up Queen of Patpong..