Search Results: "T. Jefferson Parker"


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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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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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THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD by T. Jefferson Parker
MYSTERY THRILLER
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 >

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THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE by T. Jefferson Parker
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 22, 2017

"An impressive series kickoff from the prolific Parker (Crazy Blood, 2016, etc.), packed with interesting supporting characters and written with clarity and economy."
A resourceful private investigator uncovers layers of deception in his search for an escaped mental patient. 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 >

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

"His story could have been pared down without harm, but, still, this is another highly professional score from a savvy veteran (Red Light, 2000, etc.)."
"The Acid Baby," the media dub him when his sociopathic father douses him with battery acid, ravaging half his face. 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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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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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 >