Search Results: "T. Jefferson Parker"


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STORM RUNNERS by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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IRON RIVER by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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FULL MEASURE by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 7, 2014

"Parker's first foray out of his established—and award-winning—crime-fiction niche is a disappointment, despite some compelling subject matter."
A young Marine returns from Afghanistan to find his small California hometown almost as dangerous as the threats he faced from the Taliban. Read full book review >

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THE RENEGADES by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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

"It's a pleasure to spend time with her."
The Archie Wildcrafts—young, good-looking, sweet-natured—had joined in a marriage that seemed destined for the long haul. Read full book review >

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PACIFIC BEAT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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LITTLE SAIGON by T. Jefferson Parker
Released: Sept. 27, 1988

"The Chandleresque plotting is so coiled as to nearly implode at times, and Chuck's redemption is too expected; withal, Parker remains a vivid stylist and an ultra-acute observer of California ways, with this uneven but still memorable work further proof that he's no flash in the pan, but a glowing fixture in the thriller firmament."
Parker slides into a gentle sophomore slump with his second mystery thriller. Read full book review >

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WHERE SERPENTS LIE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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SUMMER OF FEAR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >

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THE TRIGGERMAN'S DANCE by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE JAGUAR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >