• Rock of Ages

  • Junior Bender Mysteries, Book 8
  • By: Timothy Hallinan
  • Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
  • Length: 11 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (49 ratings)

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Rock of Ages

By: Timothy Hallinan
Narrated by: Peter Berkrot
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Publisher's Summary

Junior Bender, Los Angeles burglar and off-the-books detective to the felonious, is reminded that rock and roll will never die (no matter how fervently he wishes some of it would) when Hollywood’s most dangerous geriatric mobster, Irwin Dressler, retains Junior’s investigative services to solve a rather unharmonious problem. 

Four of Dressler’s old gangster colleagues have put together a national tour of once-popular rock bands they own a piece of: three nights of concerts by guys (and a few gals) who were big shots back in the 1960s and 1970s and who are now hoping for one more gasp of glory with this nostalgia exhibition. The Rock of Ages tour has proved itself to be anything but a love fest: Plenty of the bandmates have been feuding for 40 years, and—perhaps unsurprisingly—drugs and bad behavior have created health, wellness, and legal problems for the musicians and managers. Plus there have been two near-fatal accidents that might have been attempted murders. 

But they’re not what Irwin Dressler is concerned about. It’s that someone—one of his own colleagues—is using the tour as a front to steal Dressler’s money. And that simply cannot be allowed. 

Now the tour has pulled into LA, and Junior has one weekend to figure out who’s to blame—a weekend that begins with his tires being slashed, threatening notes left on his car, and a theatrical backdrop falling on a drummer during the truly terrible first set of the first concert. To make things worse, Junior is saddled for the weekend with his teenage daughter, Rina, who lately has been much, much too interested in how her father earns his living. Can Junior recover Dressler’s money, prevent a murder, talk his daughter out of pursuing a life of crime, and somehow survive all that bad music?

©2022 Timothy Hallinan (P)2022 Recorded Books

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another Masterpiece and each audiobook story about Junior bender gets better and better the characters get better than growing up with knowledge and wisdom and I'm loving that if I'm saying it wrong you know what I mean keep doing what you doing man I'm loving it can't wait to hear the next one thank you again for letting me in your world

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I was so excited to find a Junior Bender book I hadn’t read. And so disappointed in this one that I didn’t even finish it. No action, just a lot of philosophical dialogue and not enough different characters.

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Disappointed

The first 7 books were so good, I understand how a writer can get burned out, but where was the editor and the agent? They should have kept him from publishing this one.

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  • Olivia
  • 11-29-22

Fantastic!!

After a slight lull in the last couple of books, Rock of Ages is back to Junior at his best. The book starts off slightly slowly, but definitely picks up pace at the end! Other reviews mention the lack of Ronnie and Louie (don’t worry! They both still make appearances) but this doesn’t detract at all. Everyone’s favourite Geriatric Gangster Irwin Dressler is back again, and despite some discrepancies in his back story from earlier books (wife/family etc) he really pulls the story together. A must read/listen! As always narration is ace! 5 stars!!! Can’t wait for the next book.

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  • Anita Davidson
  • 10-12-22

A forgetful author…?

I have no idea why, but the author appears to have forgotten the contents of previous books. Previously the main characters daughter was aware he was a “crook” and he was always honest with her. Suddenly, she seems to know next to nothing? There were a few other things forgotten by the author. I still loved listening to each and every book, and still want more, but please ask the editor to help keep previous storylines correct?