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Jefferson Parker (known as T Jefferson Parker in the States) was born in LA in 1953. He worked as a newspaper journalist in California, covering the crime beat, where his novels all reflect the sunny wickedness of his home state.
He is the author of twelve novels; both â€˜Silent Joeâ€™ and â€˜California Girlâ€™ won the prestigious Edgar award (the equivalent of our CWA Gold Dagger). His latest novel, set in San Diego, features a detective with synaesthesia. â€˜The Fallenâ€™ is published in hardback in May 2006.
Jefferson lives in Laguna Beach, California. When not working on his books, he spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and haunting the public tennis courts.
After a traumatic accident, that leaves his senses mixed up, Detective Robbie Brownlaw can now see people’s emotions as colours, giving him the uncanny ability of knowing when someone is lying to him, a handy trick for a homicide cop. It sounds like a bit of a reach but Parker is a good writer and completely suspends belief in Brownlaw’s new found gift and the plot has so many other factors and characters involved this makes for absorbing stuff. This writer should be up there with the Michael Connelly’s and Harlan Coben’s of the world.Similar this month: Joseph Finder.Comparison: Harlan Coben, John Connolly, Jonathan Kellerman.
A bitter feud between the Bragas and the McMichaels which resulted in one dead man and one brain-damaged child must be put aside as some years later Police Officer Tom McMichael investigates the murder of millionair Pete Braga but scars so deep are difficult to ignore. This is ace American police procedural stuff with heart, grit, tension and twists galore, all neatly brought together in the last chapters. Itâs a bit slow to start, a bit wordy at times, but itâs got something rather special. I think heâs well worth investing in. Try his Black Water too, itâs terrific.
New psychological suspense novel from bestselling American author of The Blue Hour, Red Light and Silent Joe. `Parker has only one rival - Thomas Harris' Washington Post Where Sergeant Merci Rayborn is concerned, opinion within the sheriff's department is sharply divided. To some she's a hero for exposing the biggest scandal in the department's history and bringing down the former sheriff. Others cannot forget that, in making her case, she was prepared to implicate her own father and arrest her lover, both well-respected police officers. Just as the hostility is beginning to die down, a young deputy named Archie Wildcraft is found shot in the head outside his home, next to the gun that has just been used to kill his wife. The evidence points to murder-suicide, and Wildcraft, his memory impaired by the bullet lodged in his brain, can offer nothing to contradict this. But with the arrest of one innocent deputy still plaguing her conscience, Merci is determined to defy the district attorney and pursue the unlikely scenario that Deputy Wildcraft has been framed. Wildcraft, in the meantime, is pursuing his own agenda...
'Parker has only one competitor - Thomas Harris' Washington Post ... At once horrifying, tense and lyrical, The Blue Hour is a beautifully written novel that probes the darkest recesses of the human psyche. He takes the women from shopping malls. They are beautiful, sophisticated, but he treats them like animals, and when he's done he leaves only his grisly signature to taunt the Orange County police - a purse full of entrails. Where are the bodies? How can these women disappear so completely? Whatever the Purse Snatcher has done to them, it surely cannot be worse than the imaginings of a shock-hardened police force...but they don't know the sick mind they're dealing with. Detective Hess has given his life to the police, but now lung cancer is looking to claim him. Merci Rayborn is at the beginning of her career and she's determined to get to the top, whatever it takes. Assigned to the case by a boss with a hidden agenda, Hess and Merci at first agree on just one thing: they want to catch the Purse Snatcher and see him fry. But as another woman disappears, and then another, they become united through their obsession with a case that will change both their lives forever.