Books by T. Jefferson Parker

Parker was educated in public schools in Orange County, and took a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. He was honored in 1992 as the Distinguished Alumnus. His writing career began in 1978, as a cub reporter


THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 18, 2013

"Part cops-versus-drugs-and-guns procedural, part elemental morality play, part fire-and-brimstone mythmaking, all of it inimitably Parker."
Parker reaches once more into the real-life story of Operation Fast & Furious to conclude his sprawling, multivolume saga of Charlie Hood, the seen-it-all deputy of the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department. Read full book review >
THE JAGUAR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 10, 2012

"Despite occasional affecting moments, the plot is essentially thin, unsustained by a cast of larger- than-life, empathy-proof characters. A rare misstep from the accomplished Parker."
A Mexican drug dealer kidnaps the composer wife of an L.A. cop and holds her for a song. Read full book review >
THE BORDER LORDS by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 11, 2011

"Despite 17 novels ranging from first-rate to extraordinary, Parker has somehow managed not to become a household name, which means enough of you aren't trying."
In the fourth of his ambitious Border series (Iron River, 2010, etc.), Parker pits veteran agent Charlie Hood against errant good guys, vicious bad guys and maybe something in the paranormal guise. Read full book review >
IRON RIVER by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Jan. 5, 2010

"Lacks the seamlessness of Parker's best plotting, but indomitable Charlie is, as always, irresistible. Hard not to warm to a man who—no matter the adversity—insists that "Hope counts." "
Deputy Charlie Hood (The Renegades, 2009, etc.) copes with love, war and a baffling being who might be an angel, a demon, conceivably both, or none of the above. Read full book review >
THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 10, 2009

"The pace is leisurely and the plot a bit obvious, but Parker (L.A. Outlaws, 2008, etc.) at three-quarters effectiveness still beats most others at their best."
Further proof that nobody likes a cop who nails a cop. Read full book review >
L.A. OUTLAWS by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 5, 2008

"All the requisite action-suspense: No one does thriller-with-heart better than Parker."
A legendary outlaw's DNA plays an unlikely role in Parker's latest winner (Storm Runners, 2007, etc.). Read full book review >
STORM RUNNERS by T. Jefferson Parker
THRILLERS
Released: March 1, 2007

"Parker shares with F. Scott Fitzgerald the viewpoint that "character is action," which is what makes this author's fiction so intensely readable."
Friendship betrayed, love lost and found and, of course, murder, in Parker's superbly wrought tenth (following The Fallen, 2006, etc.). Read full book review >
THE FALLEN by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: March 1, 2006

"Deftly plotted, gracefully written and, as usual with this savvy veteran (California Girl, 2004, etc.), it's the lead character you pay your money for. Robbie is another in Parker's growing gallery of wonderfully sympathetic heroes."
Absorbing suspense novel about a young homicide cop to whom everyone speaks in colors. Read full book review >
CALIFORNIA GIRL by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2004

"Love, lust, murder, betrayal, suffering, and redemption all parade by as a brilliant tale-spinner (Cold Pursuit, 2003, etc.) once again has his way with us."
Blazingly pretty at 19, Janelle Vonn was the quintessential California Girl, and all men were drawn to her, including the one who killed her. Read full book review >
COLD PURSUIT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 2, 2003

You could make a case that beginning in 1985, with Laguna Heat, Parker has produced a ten-novel skein unsurpassed, perhaps unmatched, by any other contemporary writer of crime fiction. Read full book review >

BLACK WATER by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 24, 2002

The Archie Wildcrafts—young, good-looking, sweet-natured—had joined in a marriage that seemed destined for the long haul. Read full book review >

SILENT JOE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 25, 2001

"The Acid Baby," the media dub him when his sociopathic father douses him with battery acid, ravaging half his face. Read full book review >

RED LIGHT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: April 26, 2000

Meet Sergeant Merci Rayborn of the Orange County (California) sheriff's office. Read full book review >

THE BLUE HOUR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: May 5, 1999

Parker's seventh California thriller (Where Serpents Lie, 1998, etc.) leads with a bright new twist: the hero is Tim Hess, a retired, divorced, and childless cop with an apparent death sentence of cancer hanging over him as he goes about tracking down a serial killer. Read full book review >

WHERE SERPENTS LIE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"A predictable stew whose superior ingredients taste like last week's leftovers."
Another intelligently written, well-researched genre clone from Parker (The Triggerman's Dance, 1996, etc.), whose skill at mimicking (and, at times, improving on) B-moviestyle formula fiction can be marvelous, when it isn't so annoyingly unoriginal. Read full book review >
THE TRIGGERMAN'S DANCE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 4, 1996

"But it does seem unwise to pit such familiar fare against summer reruns on TV."
An overcooked revenge fantasy from a sometime (some other time) master of the genre (Summer of Fear, 1993, etc.). Read full book review >
SUMMER OF FEAR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: July 30, 1993

"A soggy, slow-moving fog—out of which, however, the subplot of the writer and his doomed wife glows with heart-stirring radiance."
In three novels, Parker (Pacific Beat; Little Saigon; Laguna Beach) has proven himself a master of the California thriller. Read full book review >
PACIFIC BEAT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY & CRIME
Released: June 28, 1991

"Not as much fun as Heat—the action is too slowly deliberate, and sometimes overwhelmed by introspection—but a wiser, more mature work, resonant, literate, and powerful."
Mirroring the title of his marvelous debut novel, Laguna Heat (1985), Parker's third California thriller—after the uneven Little Saigon (1988)—is a moodily intense affair: the introspective and involving tale of a man who searches for his sister's killer among the citizens of Newport Beach. Read full book review >
LITTLE SAIGON by T. Jefferson Parker
Released: Sept. 27, 1988

Parker slides into a gentle sophomore slump with his second mystery thriller. Read full book review >
LAGUNA HEAT by T. Jefferson Parker
Released: Sept. 13, 1985

"Writerly and memorable."
Knockout debut by a Southern California cloth-of-Chandler thriller writer who keeps his metaphors tingling amid smart dialogue and whose style already has the ripe, heady grip of a salted margarita. Read full book review >