In a message dated 12/3/08 6:25:41 AM, firstname.lastname@example.org writes:
> On the basis of L.A. Outlaws, which I could not put down, I want to
> read one from T. Jefferson Parker whenever I am between books in 2009.
> Silent Joe and a short story in a mystery anthology are the only
> things I've read by him before.
Parker's been on a tremendous roll from about SILENT JOE on. he's always
gone for deep characterizations, emotionally wounded protagonists and long
suppressed family secrets. CALIFORNIA GIRL or THE FALLEN should be easy to find
and have a ton of impact. with the exception of his 3 books featuring female
detective Merci Rayborn, all his novels are standalones, so they can be read
in any order
one really gets a sense of profound loss in the lives of his protagonists.
to get a feel for the man's talent, you should try and find a copy of his
first novel LAGUNA HEAT written over 20 years ago. Parker calls it a young man's
book and it probably is. but he was a young man with a lot of game and
ambition. interestingly, while Parker has aged, (currently in his mid-50s), his
heroes still generally fall in the same demographic from where he started.
he's covering the same territory now as he was then. but it's a vast
territory and as he matures he really shows his grasp of it
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