T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker is a native of the Southern California suburbs that are the backdrops to his bestselling crime dramas. He is an alumnus of the University of California, Irvine, which honored him in 1992 as a Distinguished Alumnus. His writing career began in 1978 as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. While working by day as a technical writer for an Orange County aerospace company, he worked on drafts of a novel at night and on weekends. The police beat and Orange County landscape that he had covered as a reporter served as backdrop and inspiration for the work that launched his second career as a novelist.

His day job officially changed to best-selling author when Laguna Heat was published by St. Martin's Press in 1985. In addition to receiving rave reviews, it was made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. The paperback made The New York Times Bestseller list in 1986.

Parker's novels unravel crimes set in Southern California locales including Newport Beach, Little Saigon, Lagna Beach, and San Diego, among others. His titles have received recognition in rave reviews and on many bestseller lists. The Los Angeles Times calls his writing "potent and irresistible" and Kirkus cals it "resonant, literate and powerful." The New York Times wrote that "T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer." Carolyn See called The Triggerman's Dance a masterpiece" (Washington Post). Where Serpents Lie and The Blue Hour appeared for five weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. Red Light and Silent Joe made number one on that list in May of 2000 and 2001, respectively and Silent Joe went on to win the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. Cold Pursuit was named Novel of the Year by the Southern California Booksellers Association. California Girl won Jeff his second Best Novel Edgar.

When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and haunting the public tennis courts. He enjoys diving, snorkeling, and travel. He escapes to a trailer in the desert in the spring and fall, to hike the country and not answer telephones.

The Jaguar
(Dutton, 2012)

Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff 's deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocoriddo, a modern-day folk ballad of the kind that have recorded the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have highlighted Mexican history for generations. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story-in music-and write "the greatest narcocorrido of all time." Allowed to wander the dark hallways of the castle retreat with only a guitar and a mysterious old priest to keep her company, Erin must produce the most beautiful song that these men have ever heard.

As the mesmerizing music and lyrics of Erin's song cascade from the jungle hideout, they serve as a siren song to the two men who love Erin: her outlaw husband, Bradley Smith, and the lawman Charlie Hood- two men who together have the power to rescue her. Here, amid the ancient beauty and haunted landscape of the Yucatecan lowlands, the long-simmering rivalry between these men will be brought closer to its explosive finale.

T. Jefferson Parker, who is widely hailed as his generation's most accomplished and talented crime novelist, delivers a crime thriller that dramatically redefines the landscape of the cartel wars as an epic clash of good and evil.

The Border Lords
(Dutton Adult, 2011)

In this riveting new novel, Parker demonstrates once again why The Washington Post said he writes "the best of today's crime fiction," and why he has won the Edgar Award three times. ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover supporting the sicarios of the Baja Cartel when he suddenly goes completely dark, his only communications being the haunting digital videos he sends to his desperately worried wife, Seliah. Charlie Hood must determine if Oz is simply chasing demons deeper undercover than anyone has ever gone, or whether his friend has suffered a permanent break with his mission and his moral compass. A crime novel of unprecedented scope and unrivaled storytelling ambition by one of our most treasured talents, The Border Lords revisits the fevered landscape of America's southern border-and confronts the unexplored depths of humanity's dark soul.

Los Angeles Times Bestseller
Iron River
(Dutton Adult, 2010)

T. Jefferson Parker ranks among the very top tier of contemporary crime writers, and his new series has received some of the most effusive reviews of his already stellar career. In L.A. Outlaws, Parker introduced Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy Charlie Hood, plunging him into a glamorous, fast-moving world of antiheroes-and antiheroines. In The Renegades, Hood was ensnared in a major case of police corruption. BookReporter.com raved: "And while, again, The Renegades is complete in itself, my gut feeling is that with L.A. Outlaws and a future novel, it will form a trilogy that will stand as the high-water mark of Parker's work. In the meantime, a year seems too long a time to wait to find out." The wait is over. Iron Riveris here.

This time around, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATFE, searching for the iron river-the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren't exactly ethical, but the lengths they'll go to, and the innocent lives they'll risk, are shocking even to Hood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in events south of the border-a connection that shakes him to his core.

California Girl
(HarperPaperbacks, 2009)

The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no more -- unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The new decade has brought about the end of the orange groves and the birth of suburban sprawl. It is the era of Johnson, hippies, John Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war. Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And the decapitated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.

A hideous crime has touched the Beckers in ways that none of them could have anticipated, setting three brothers on a dangerous collision course that will change their family -- and their world -- forever.

And no one will emerge from the wreckage unscathed.

The Renegades
A Charlie Hood Novel
(Dutton, 2009)

Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood—the hero of L.A. Outlaws—left readers clamoring for more, and in The Renegades, T. Jefferson Parker more than delivers.

Some say that outlaws no longer exist, that the true spirit of the American West died with the legendary bandits of pulp novels and bedtime stories. Charlie Hood knows that nothing could be further from the truth. These days he patrols vast stretches of the new American West, not on horseback but in his cruiser. The outlaws may not carry six-shooters, but they're strapped all the same.

Along the desolate and dusty roads of this new frontier, Hood prefers to ride alone, and he prefers to ride at night. At night, his headlights illuminate only the patch of pavement ahead of him: all the better to hide from the demons—and the dead outlaws—receding in his rearview mirror.

But he doesn't always get what he wants— certainly not when he's assigned a partner named Terry Laws, a county veteran who everyone calls "Mr. Wonderful." And not when Laws is shot dead in the passenger seat and Hood is left to bear witness by someone who knew that Mr. Wonderful didn't always live up to his nickname. As he sets out to find the gunman, Hood knows one thing for sure: The West is a state of mind, one where the bad guys sometimes wear white hats—and the good guys seek justice in whatever shade of gray they can find it.

Summer of Fear
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2009)

When reporter/crime writer Russell Monroe finds his former lover brutally slain in an apparently ritual style, he suspects a connection to other recent murders in the county. Somehow, the case never appears on the police blotter - although Russell saw his former colleague, homicide chief Marty Parish, leaving the scene of the crime - and soon all evidence of the death disappears. Meanwhile, a string of killings continues in the same gruesome style, and Russell becomes the contact of the deranged man responsible. As Monroe gets dangerously entangled in this deadly intrigue, he must fight for his life while watching his wife fight for hers against a terminal brain tumor.

Pacific Beat
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2009)

Ex-cop Jim Weir thought he'd seen it all during his years on the force. That is until he saw the body of his sister Annie, brutally used by a monster in human form, then carelessly discarded. He'd never seen such grief ravage the face of his friend and brother-in-law Ray Cruz, a good cop on the Newport Beach Police Department. When Weir learns that the only witness swore the killer made his escape in a Newport Beach squad car, his disbelief turns to confusion and outrage. Now the anguished Weir is on the killer's trail, looking for answers among his former colleagues, but he's going up against a solid wall of silent blue. And just out of sight, a fractured shadow of a man watches Jim's progress with twisted amusement as he waits for his time to come.

Little Saigon
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2009)

In the aftermath of the war in Vietnam, thousands of desperate refugees fled the killing fields for new lives in Southern California. But for those who settled in "Little Saigon," the war never really ended. The latest victim of the continuing struggle is Li Frye, a popular singer whose songs of hope and home have made her a heroine to her people. Ripped from the stage by masked gunmen, she has vanished into the dark alleys of Little Saigon, where outsiders are met with suspicion and a stony silence as impenetrable as the steaming jungles of Vietnam.

Local surfing legend turned reporter Chuck Frye knows what it means to be an outsider. The black sheep of his wealthy family, Chuck is more at home on a longboard than in a boardroom. But Li is his sister-in-law, and he cannot sit back and let his family or the clueless police investigate the case alone. What Chuck cannot know is that he stands upon the crest of a deadly wave, a swirling vortex of corruption and violence that reaches to the highest levels of the United States intelligence community. And even as he comes closer to the truth, he draws nearer to a terrible secret that many would kill to keep.

Laguna Heat
(St. Martin's Paperbacks, 2009)

Where every day the sun makes a promise the nighttime breaks, while the super-rich live out expensive fantasies in posh beach houses and drown their memories in Cuervo Gold margaritas...

Where trouble has swept in like a Santa Ana wind, blowing the cover off a world of torture, murder and blood-red secrets

Where a crazed killer has turned paradise into a Disneyland of depraved violance--with a fiery vengeance--and where homicide cop Tom Shephard unravels a grisly mystery that reaches back across forty years of sordid sex, blackmail, and suicide into the dark corners of his own past, and sweats out a deadly truth in the sweltering...

Laguna Heat

L.A. Outlaws
A Charlie Hood Novel
(Dutton Adult, 2008)

Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt—until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.

Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an eyewitness—a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones—from leaving the scene in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison's exploits swells to a fever pitch and the Southland's most notorious killer sets out after her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to consume him completely. With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may signal the day their lies catch up with them.

Storm Runners
A Novel
(William Morrow, 2007)

This is classic Parker, matching the wits of reluctant hero Matt Stromsoe with his former high school classmate, Mike Tavarez. As teenagers they fell in love with the same girl. Stromsoe gets the girl and a career as a hometown cop. Tavarez puts his Harvard education to work heading a Mexican Mafia, La Eme. The plot and characters are pure Parker: "Stromsoe was in high school when he met the boy who would someday murder his wife and son." Tavarez gets a life sentence for the killing that was intended for Stromsoe.

Stromsoe nurses his grief and injuries for a couple of years before agreeing to a gig providing security for Frankie Leigh, a meteorologist from a San Diego television station. But this weather girl does more than just report on the weather -- she's trying to manufacture it. Continuing her great-great-grandfather's lifework, she is trying, literally, to make rain. And along the way she has acquired a stalker and made some powerful enemies, including the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

With Parker's typically captivating characters, suspenseful action, sun drenched settings and intruguing plotline, this is another unforgettable crime drama sure to please Parker's dedicated fans.

The Fallen
A Novel
(William Morrow, 2006)

"My life was ordinary until three years ago when I was thrown out of a downtown hotel window. My name is Robbie Brownlaw, and I am a homicide detective for the city of San Diego. I am twenty-nine years old.

"I now have synesthesia, a neurological condition where your senses get mixed up. Sometimes when people talk to me, I see their voices as colored shapes provoked by the emotions of the speakers, not by the words themselves. I have what amounts to a primitive lie detector. After three years, I don't pay a whole lot of attention to the colors and shapes of other people's feelings, unless they don't match up with their words."

When Garrett Asplundh's body is found under a San Diego bridge, Robbie Brownlaw and his partner, McKenzie Cortez, are called on to the case. After the tragic death of his child and the dissolution of his marriage, Garrett -- regarded as an honest, straight-arrow officer -- left the SDPD to become an ethics investigator, looking into the activities of his former colleagues. At first his death, which takes place on the eve of a reconciliation with his ex, looks like suicide, but the clues Brownlaw and Cortez find just don't add up. With pressure mounting from the police and the city's politicians, Brownlaw fights to find the truth, all the while trying to hold on to his own crumbling marriage. Was Garrett's death an execution or a crime of passion, a personal vendetta or the final step in an elaborate cover-up? Amid rampant corruption and tightening city purse strings, whatever conclusion Brownlaw comes to, the city of San Diego -- and Brownlaw's life -- hang in the balance.

A carefully woven novel of suspense, The Fallen brings to life a superb cast of characters against the all-too-real backdrop of a city fighting for its survival. Hailed by critics as "a powerhouse writer" (New York Times) and "a thinking man's bestseller" (Washington Post), T. Jefferson Parker delivers his most elegantly written, suspenseful, and moving novel yet.

Cold Pursuit
(HarperTorch, 2004)

Homicide cop Tom McMichael is on the rotation when Pete Braga, an 84-year-old city patriarch, businessman and former mayor is found by the beautiful young nurse hired to watch after him-bludgeoned to death. The Irish McMichaels and Portuguese Bragas share a violent history: as a commercial tuna clipper captain way back in 1952 Pete Braga shot dead a young crewman who believed he was owed a paycheck. That man was Franklin McMichael, Tom's grandfather. Pete Braga's son, Victor, who was then thirteen, is then severely beaten behind a waterfront bar one night. Most people believe that Franklin's son-Tom's father-did it in revenge. Victor survives the attack, but he's mentally stunted. Though his body matured, his mind remains that of a ten-year-old. The alleged attacker-Gabriel-has denied it for his whole dissolute, wasted, booze-filled life. The nurse looks good as a suspect. She claims to have gone out for firewood that night, then returned from the store to find Pete dead. She's covered with blood and not forthcoming with McMichael and his partner, Hector Paz. The investigation expands to Pete's business acquaintances, his family, the Catholic diocese in San Diego, a multi-million-dollar Indian casino manager, an old cop buddy, a prostitute, and some expanding incongruities between the nurse's story and the evidence that they continue to find. It's a tale of blood feuds, secret passions and long-held resentment that will have readers spellbound until the final shocking pages.

Black Water
(Hyperion, 2002)

Merci Rayborn, T. Jefferson Parker's stubborn, principled Orange County detective, is almost alone in believing that deputy Archie Wildcraft didn't kill his beautiful young wife and then turn his service weapon on himself. The evidence against Wildcraft—now hospitalized with a bullet lodged in his head—seems overwhelming. But Merci, who's still unpopular for exposing an old police scandal that caused the death of one cop and the ruination of others (The Blue Hour), is resisting pressure from her boss and a headline-hunting D.A. to arrest Wildcraft and charge him with murder. Then the deputy, who's lost his memory and maybe his mind as a result of his injury, goes missing from his hospital room, intent on tracking down the real killers and managing to stay a step ahead of Merci. Soon, they both begin to realize that Gwen Wildcraft wasn't killed because she got in the way of an attempted hit on her husband—it was the other way around. Parker, whose skills at characterization are as well honed as his expert pacing and intricate plotting, has penned another standout that will keep readers guessing and gasping until the last dramatic page. — Jane Adams

Silent Joe
A Novel
(Hyperion, 2002)

With the horrible remnants of a childhood tragedy forever visible across his otherwise handsome face, Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive fathers illustrious career. Serving as Wills right-hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his fathers territory but he cant save the powerful man from his enemies. Will Trona is murdered, and Joe will stop at nothing to find out who did it. Looking for clues as he sifts through the remains of his fathers life his girlfriends, acquaintances, deals, and enemies Joe comes to realize how many secrets Will Trona possessed, and how many people he had the power to harm. But two leads keep rising to the surface: a little girl who was kidnapped by her mentally disturbed brother, and two rival gangs who seem to have joined forces. As Joe deepens his investigation and as he is forced to confront the painful events of his troubled childhood these two seemingly disconnected threads will intersect. Just how and why form the crux of this intricate, intelligent mystery that satisfies the mind as well as the heartand reveals yet again the impeccable detail, vivid characterization, and emotional complexity that make a T. Jefferson Parker novel impossible to resist.

Red Light
(Hyperion, 2000)

Two years after the death of Tim Hess, her partner and father of her child, Merci Rayborn, the Orange County homicide investigator introduced in Parkers insanely imaginative (The New York Times Book Review) Blue Hour, is back. Merci has finally gotten her life together. She and her son are living with her father, a retired cop, and she is dating Mike McNally, a respected fellow officer. When a young prostitute is found murdered and Mike emerges as the primary suspect, Merci must do the unthinkable expose and arrest her lover. With her world turned upside down, Merci must sift though the facts and balance where the truth leads her against where her heart is telling her to go. This taut, psychologically complex police procedural brings T. Jefferson Parker and his daring heroine, Merci Rayborn, into the front ranks of this popular genre.

The Blue Hour
(HarperCollins Publishers, 2000)

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.

Where Serpents Lie

Hyperion, 1998

A brilliant novel of one man's quest to protect the innocent, as he tries to face down a terrible guilt locked in his own past.

Terry Naughton is head of the Crimes Against Youth unit of the Orange County Sheriff's Department. He's seen plenty of heinous criminals in his years on the force, but nothing could have prepared him for the Horridus.

Abducting children from their beds, dressing them like little angels and releasing them the next day, the Horridus is a pedophile living an escalating fantasy, Naughton believes. A fantasy that will soon lead to sexual depravity and beyond.

When shocking and seemingly factual accusations put his career on the line, he must confront his dark past. Even if he can clear his name, can Naughton do the same for his conscience?

The Triggerman's Dance

Hyperion, 1998

They were rivals for her love There were two men in Rebecca Harris's life: Joshua Weinstein – the tough, dark, passionate, Jewish FBI agent she was engaged to; and John Menden – the blond, WASP, slick newsman who was her lover. Both men silently knew of the other's existence in Rebecca's life – and each hoped that when she made her ultimate decision between them, he would be the chosen one. Now they must become allies to solve her murder Six months after Rebecca Harris was murdered in front of the Orange County Journal offices, Joshua Weinstein discovers the identity of her murderer: Vann Holt, a brilliant military tactician and leader of a right-wing private security organization. Now, all he needs is the proof. And the only person he knows who is as driven about avenging the murder is John Menden. Using the most sophisticated FBI techniques and equipment, this unlikely duo teams up to bring down the man that ruined their lives. But neither expects that the man who is their target will be quite so intelligent and cunning, nor his daughter quite so alluring.

The Renegades

Booklist *Starred Review*
Parker's superb new thriller continues the tale of Charlie Hood, the Los Angeles sheriff's deputy who fell hard for beautiful gangster Allison Murrieta in L.A. Outlaws (2008). Deputy Hood now patrols the Antelope Valley, a desert region north of Los Angeles where still nights and stark beauty provide a refuge from his past (though he still hasn't come to terms with Murrieta's death). But Hood's new beat has a breed of heinous criminals all its own. When his partner, Terry Laws, known by fellow officers as Mr. Wonderful, is gunned down in the passenger seat of their patrol car, Hood once again finds himself among the dark-hearted and the damned. It turns out that Laws wasn't such a model cop after all. He and a former partner were involved in a lucrative operation running drugs south of the border. Then Laws found a conscience -- a little too late.

Two-time Edgar winner Parker vividly evokes the spirit of the Wild West, where bad guys prosper and good guys seek vengeance -- at a price. He delivers steady suspense and a cast of damaged characters led by Hood, whose days crackle with moral conundrums and bone-deep regret. Approaching the novel's climax, Parker writes: "a wiggle of fear came up Hood's back and crawled across his scalp." Readers will likely find themselves rattled -- and riveted -- too.
--Allison Block

Summer of Fear

Publishers Weekly
Timeworn thriller conventions are skillfully recycled in this suspenseful tale of serial murder and misdirection in California's Orange County. When reporter/crime writer Russell Monroe finds his former lover brutally slain in an apparently ritual style, he suspects a connection to other recent murders in the county. Somehow, the case never appears on the police blotter --although Russell saw his former colleague, homicide chief Marty Parish, leaving the scene of the crime -- and soon all evidence of the death disappears. Meanwhile, a string of killings continues in the same gruesome style, and Russell becomes the contact of the deranged man responsible. As the writer gets dangerously entangled in this deadly intrigue, his wife Isabella fights a terminal brain tumor. While this material may sound hopelessly hackneyed, Parker (Laguna Heat ; Pacific Beat) delivers it in a surehanded narrative notable for taut pacing and plot twists that keep the reader wondering whom to trust. Russell's desperate first-person narrative voice is convincing and often gripping.
-- Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Library Journal
Any fan of Parker's previous work will queue up to read about a serial killer in Orange County who wipes out entire families. Russ Monroe, ex-cop turned writer, wants to know why the police are so secretive and why they have obliterated all evidence of his ex-lover's murder.
-- Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Kirkus Reviews
In three novels, Parker (Pacific Beat; Little Saigon; Laguna Heat) has proven himself a master of the California thriller. So he can be forgiven for this ill-crafted amalgam of serial-killer chiller and tragic love story. Parker's narrator here is Russ Monroe, true-crime author and reporter for the Laguna Journal. As the story begins, two calamities plague Monroe: the slow death of his wife, Isabella, from a brain tumor; and the murder of his ex-lover, supermodel Amber Mae Wilson, whose savaged body Monroe finds in her home. Amber's death bears the hallmarks of the serial killer known as the Midnight Eye -- except that, just before Monroe entered Amber's home, he spied Amber's ex-husband, Laguna homicide cop Martin Parish, wiping fingerprints off the outside gate. When the crime isn't reported, Monroe returns to the killing ground and finds the body missing but Parish lurking about. Monroe suspects Parish of the crime, while Parish claims innocence and accuses, then tries to frame, Monroe: Both are in Amber's will. But soon Amber herself surfaces -- the victim was in fact her look-alike sister, Alice -- even as Monroe and Amber's daughter turns up (did she help do away with Alice?), and as the Midnight Eye takes to calling Monroe at home, ranting about his crimes. Meanwhile, Isabella deteriorates -- and endures an operation -- as Monroe grieves for her and for his inability to save her, despite his pleasure in helping to i.d. the Midnight Eye, who escapes to N.Y.C. And then yet another possible Alice-killer surfaces -- and he owns a copy of Bret Easton Ellis's American Psycho.... A soggy, slow-moving fog -- out of which, however, the subplot of the writer and his doomed wife glows with heart-stirring radiance.

Laguna Heat

Laguna Heat will linger in the memory long after all the puzzle's pieces are finally in place.
-- The Washington Post

Parker is a potent and irresistible writer."
-- Los Angeles Times

Parker writes prose so hard-boiled he might have inherited Raymond Chandler's saucepan."
-- USA Today

Slick and elegant..."
- - Los Angeles Times

Pacific Beat

T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer.
-- The New York Times Book Review

Parker's absorbing story and rich characters will surprise you as their many dimensions unfold.
-- Seattle Times

The kind of book you think about long after you have finished it...intelligent, sensitive, poignantly real...Parker emerges as one of our best novelists.
-- Atlanta Journal & Constitution

A hothouse of full-bloomed characters and ripe emotions.
-- Kirkus Reviews

T. Jefferson Parker is not the first to explore the peculiar psyche of Orange County -- he's simply the best.
-- San Diego Union

Parker is a gifted writer...superb...a smart and compelling read.
-- L.A. Style

T. Jefferson Parker makes the turf of Raymond Chandler and Ross MacDonald his own with a novel steaming with atmosphere and taut with suspense.
-- Literary Guild

An outstanding, memorable, and magnetic work!
-- Library Journal

Parker is a robust storyteller who delights in bewildering reversals. He passionately describes the disappearing coastal culture while composing a tantalizing story of small-town politics."-
-- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Little Saigon

Thickly plotted...a tense thriller that builds to an astonishing payoff!
-- Playboy

Exotic...surprises turn up every five minutes.
-- New York Daily News

Thoroughly satisfying...tension that builds wave on wave to a crashing climax!
-- Cincinnati Post

Memorable...further proof that [Parker's] no flash in the pan, but a glowing fixture in the thriller firmament.
-- Kirkus Reviews

Pulse-quickening and thought-provoking...with his second novel, T. Jefferson Parker confirms the talent demonstrated in his first.
-- San Diego Union

His plotting and pacing are now essentially faultless.
-- Miami Herald

A lesson in the seamless splicing of suspense and terror.
-- Booklist

L.A. Outlaws

L.A. Outlaws is hard, fast, and etched with characters so sharp they'll leave you bleeding. This is the best T. Jefferson Parker novel yet.
-- Robert Crais

Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California.
-- Chicago Tribune

Parker ranks as one of the top contemporary suspense writers.
-- Publishers Weekly

If there's a better mystery writer around...well, there isn't.
-- San Diego Union Tribune

The Fallen

A NovelWith his trademark psychological acuity and empathy, Parker creates a world of fully realized characters coping with obsession and loss. The winner of two Edgars for best novel, Parker could well earn a third with this compelling effort.
-- Publishers Weekly

California Girl

Winner of the MWA Edgar Award for Best Novel of 2004. Shortlisted for the Anthony, Hammett and Macavity Awards for Best Novel.

If you haven't read any of T. Jefferson Parker's books, you are missing out on something special. This one is highly recommended!
-- Nancy Eaton for BestsellersWorld.com

Absorbing, atmospheric, violent, and evocative, California Girl is T. Jefferson Parker's best work yet.
-- Claire E. White for WritersWrite.com

Silent Joe

Winner of the MWA Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. The LA Times also named it one of the Best Books of 2001. It was shortlisted for the Hammett Award and the Macavity Award.

He crafts an intricately layered story... perhaps Parker's most ambitious work to date.
-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)

...this is another highly professional score from a savvy veteran.
-- Kirkus Reviews

...a dark, sexy gem. A complex mix of seemingly unconnected plot lines, vivid characterization, and real mystery merge to form a truly satisfying thriller.
-- Library Journal


Iron River - T. Jefferson Parker Discusses Guns and Mexico

In Jeff's new novel, IRON RIVER, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature arent exactly ethical, but the lengths theyll go to, and the innocent lives theyll risk, are shocking even to Hood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in events south of the border a connection that shakes him to his core!

KOCE-TV  Interview with T. Jedderson Parker (4:20) | March 9, 2009

Maria Hall Brown interviews T. Jefferson Parker about writing (and rewriting) Iron River. He discusses building and evolving a new character, Charlie Hood, over three novels -- and letting go of others.

LA Outlaws (3:36) | February 7, 2008

The author discusses his favorite novel, complete with fast cars, a beautiful heroine, and the history of outlaws in California.

Don't miss T. Jefferson Parker's personal website, where you can find his appearance schedule and other updated information.