Search Results: "T. Jefferson Parker"


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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 >

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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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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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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 >