Timothy Hallinan

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Narrated By: Keith Szarabajka

Duration: 9 hours and 2 minutes

What to expect

Edgar and Macavity Award nominee Timothy Hallinan's novels featuring erudite Los Angeles private eye Simeon Grist have become cult favorites—and this fourth installment is one wild ride.

Simeon Grist is about to face off against his most terrifying adversary—a madman who's setting fire to the homeless. As Simeon is drawn into the case, very much against his will, he realizes that the "Incinerator" has a huge advantage. Somewhere, years ago, the two of them met, and the Incinerator has been nursing hatred and resentment for years. Now, as helpless people burst into flame on Skid Row, Simeon has to scour the wastelands of Los Angeles, and his own past, looking for the face of a killer.


Crime and mystery fiction, Crime and mystery: private investigator / amateur detectives

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“Timely, suspenseful, and exciting.”

Sidney Sheldon, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“An excellent job.”

Chicago Tribune

“It takes a while for Simeon to put a name to the pyromaniac—clues come in the obtuse form of ancient gods—but when he does, the novel becomes a skittering, roller-coaster ride to the finish.”


“Vital and full of conflict. Highly recommended.”

Library Journal

“A generous and inventive writer…Hallinan has talent and skill. Simeon Grist is a classic California hard-boiled detective, beautifully playing the role of knight errant.”