Listened: Crashed by Timothy Hallinan, 2012, Overdrive.com download.
Short: Career burglar extorted to help out porn production.
Long: Gentleman criminal Junior Bender is hired to burgle a big, fancy house and take a big, expensive painting. He nabs the painting, barely escapes the vicious guard dogs, and is nabbed by a cop. Cop takes him to Local Crook. Crook says, "We got you on video stealing from Deadly Crime Lord's house. We'll get him the video if you don't do something for us." Junior says, "I like living. Okay."
Junior helped out a couple crook friends in his past and earned a reputation as a problem solver. Not a knee breaker problem solver, a let-me-think-about-this problem solver. Woman Crime Lord Trey wants someone to keep her porn production on track. Trey has hired a Massively Famous Child Actress who has become a Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend to perform in a trilogy of porn films. Trey has spent a lot of money on sets, scripts, costumes, and crew. Recent sabotage has tried to wreck the production. Junior is hired to shepherd Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend and keep things running.
Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend is a mix of Lindsey Lohan the Olsen Twins and Every Other Failed Teeny Bopper Actress on Dope. Junior never watches TV and has no idea who the Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend is but her innate kindness and beauty get him on her side.
Other things happen. Someone tries to get Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend to overdose. Junior asks a pal to watch Massively Famous Former Child Actress Turned Drug Fiend's place at night and the pal is murdered. Junior is being followed. Junior's ex-wife is threatening to try and severe Junior's custody with their daughter. So on. So forth.
A fun story and fairly light read (listen). Junior is a kind guy - although a dirty thief - working hard to do the right thing while his life gets legitimate death threats. I'll check out the other books in the series.