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.
What if you could tell someone was a killer just by looking at them?
Detective Robbie Brownlaw can. A six-storey plunge from a burning hotel leaves him with the usual broken bones – and something different. Synesthesia. The ability to see words and emotions as colours makes Robbie a human lie detector.
It's a condition that might have helped Garrett Asplundth. Hired to look into rumours surrounding a certain madam's Little Black Book, Garrett found a lot more than the usual round of losers and sad husbands. But the dirt came at a high price.
Now he's dead and it's only when Robbie gets hold of the book that he finds out just why Garrett was so curious - and why others will kill to get it back…
|Publication date:||18th June 2007|
|Format:||Paperback (a Format)|
|Primary Genre||Crime and Mystery|
Closing date: 12/12/2021
‘Writes with intelligence, style and sensitivity, and he belongs in the first rank of American crime novelists.’ Washington Post
‘Excellent…with his trademark psychological acuity and empathy, Parker creates a world of fully realized characters coping with obsession and loss…compelling.’ Publisher’s Weekly
‘Deft…his dialogue crackles and pops in an intricate and well-paced tale set in a city where shadowy characters lurk beneath sunny skies.’ Booklist
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 ...More About Jefferson Parker