Search Results: "T. Jefferson Parker"


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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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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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CRAZY BLOOD by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 15, 2016

"Despite a picturesque setting, there's little here beyond a drawn-out family squabble on skis."
Two brothers battle for dominance on the slopes in hopes of shaking a decadeslong family curse. Read full book review >

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COLD PURSUIT by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 2, 2003

"Maybe this engrossing tale of a flawed hero redeemed by suffering—the kind of theme he's always handled so well (Black Water, 2002, etc.)—will bring him a wider audience."
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 >

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

"An admirably constructed police procedural that's also an unsparing examination of a gallant woman's search for a moral code worth the commitment."
Meet Sergeant Merci Rayborn of the Orange County (California) sheriff's office. 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 BLUE HOUR by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 5, 1999

"Ah, Parker in top form."
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 >

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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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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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THE FALLEN by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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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 >