Reviewed by Dianne Woodman
Herbie’s Game is the fourth installment in The Junior Bender Mystery Series and can be read as a stand-alone. The book is told through the perspective of Junior Bender, who is not only a burglar but also a private investigator for fellow criminals. Junior abides by an idiosyncratic code of honor, fashioning himself after a modern day Robin Hood.
An incriminating paper with a list of names is stolen from the safe of a crook named Wattles, a contractor in San Fernando Valley, who hires individuals to carry out nefarious acts. The paper lists the name of a person who has commissioned a murder and also the chain of intermediaries between Wattles and the hit man. Junior is one of the few burglars skilled enough to pull off the heist, so Wattles coerces Junior into retrieving the list.