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A beautiful young woman is found dead and her cop husband is shot in the head, but still alive. Murder suicide? Maybe.
Parker serves up another Orange County, CA, police procedural, this time pairing retired expert cop Tim Hess with brash young detective Merci Rayborn. They're an unlikely team fighting a nasty serial killer who abducts wealthy, attractive women, eviscerates them, and then apparently saves their bodies. What is even more unlikely is that a 70-year-old retiree fighting lung cancer could take orders from and work effectively with an ambitious woman half his age.
An aging detective hunts a serial killer, finding love along the wayAfter three decades in homicide, Tim Hess hangs up his gun. But retirement doesn't sit well with the veteran detective, and a string of grisly murders in Southern California calls him back to the job. The papers are calling the killer "The Purse Snatcher," because of his affinity for kidnapping women with designer bags, but the playful nickname doesn't reflect the horror of the crime scenes he leaves behind. He dumps their shredded purses in the woods, surrounded by blood-soaked dirt and a few scraps of flesh. The victims' fates remain gruesome yet unknown. Hess's partner is Merci Rayborn, a second-generation cop whose intense ambition has won her no friends in the department. As they chase the madman who is terrorizing the Californian suburbs, Hess finds himself falling in love. But before he can pursue his new feelings, there is a killer to be caught, and a partner to protect from the line of fire.
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 ushered in 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 a terrible crime touches them all in ways they could never have anticipated when the mutilated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.
A real thriller about a millionaire who was bludgeoned to death. He had a lot of enemies, but the prime suspect was his pretty nurse.
The third of the three volumes of Brunner's Dogmatics, one of the great twentieth-century works of theology, covers the doctrine of Church, Faith, and Consummation. The books present a profoundly biblical systematic theology, finding a path between the ideas of Barth and Bultmann. Volume III covers the nature of the Church as a reflection of God's self-revelation through the Holy Spirit, and the Consummation in eternity of the Divine Self-Communication. All three volumes are available from Bookshare.
A good cop, Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a sixth-floor window of a downtown hotel and miraculously survived. The traumatic incident left Robbie with a fast-track career in the San Diego P.D.'s Homicide division . . . and a rare neurological condition that enables him to see people's emotional words as colored shapes--green trapezoids of envy, red squares of deception . . . Another good man lies dead in a blood-splattered Ford Explorer--an ex-cop-turned-ethics investigator whose private life was torn open by unthinkable tragedy. Whether Garrett Asplundh's death was suicide or murder isn't immediately apparent--but it's soon clear to Robbie and his smart, tough partner, McKenzie Cortez, that Garrett had hard evidence of sex, scandal, and corruption spreading deep into local government. But pursuing the truth could prove more emotionally devastating than Robbie ever imagined.
The explosive finale in T. Jefferson Parker's New York Times bestselling Charlie Hood series, which will bring together the destinies of three men caught between light and darkness. Los Angeles County sheriff 's deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the illegal arms trade that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The sparkle of the diamond fillings he wears in his left canine distracts his task force targets and is often the first step toward a long stay behind bars. Meanwhile, Bradley Jones--sheriff 's deputy, employee of the Baja Cartel, and son of the love of Charlie's life, the deceased L.A. outlaw Suzanne Jones--is expecting a son of his own. Suzanne was descended from famed Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta, whose embalmed head Bradley inherited from her and keeps nestled among piles of cash, proceeds from Bradley's own life of crime. Charlie knows Bradley's secrets, all of them; the question is what he'll do with the information. But he still has to contend with the devilish Mike Finnegan, who flits in and out of the lives of his friends, knowing things he shouldn't, seemingly immortal, delighting in the havoc he wreaks. All three men are about to meet. But all will not survive.....
The audacious white-hot new novel from T. Jefferson Parker that redefines the landscape of the thriller and shatters every expectation you ever had about the good guys and the bad... When Benjamin Armenta, leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel, kidnaps songwriter Erin McKenna, his demands are as unique as the jungle fortress in which Erin is imprisoned. She's ordered to compose a narcocorrido, a folk ballad that will romanticize Armenta as one of the greatest desperadoes in Mexican history. Allowed to wander the hallways of the castle with only a guitar and a mysterious old priest to keep her company, Erin must produce the loveliest song these men have ever heard. Or she'll be skinned alive. As Erin's music wafts through the jungle, it serves as a siren call to the two men who love her: lawman Charlie Hood and Erin's outlaw husband, Bradley Jones. They have the power to rescue her, but their long-simmering rivalry could very well compromise Erin's deliverance and cause the ending of a life-and-death ballad to be rewritten in blood.
Los Angeles is gripped by a modern-day Jesse James, Allison Murietta. Nobody ever gets hurt until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of diamonds missing
Tom Shephard, Laguna Beach's new homicide detective, is trying to rebuild a shattered career and recover his self-confidence as a lover. But his seaside beat becomes a frightening countdown on the night someone begins burning Laguna Beach's first citizens to death. Among the targets are the founders of California's Riviera, a mysterious circle of women and men with a secret they are apparently dying to keep. For Shephard, the trail of the "Fire Killer" twists from sparkling marinas to the blacked-out perdition of a deserted beachfront hotel in another country. There, Shephard's quarry and tormentor awaits him--with a gun and a lighted candle. With its tempo of hot pursuit, startling switchbacks of plot, and unforgettable love scenes, Laguna Heat is a superbly evocative and satisfying thriller.
Orange County, California, brings to mind the endless summer of sand and surf, McMansion housing tracts, a conservative stronghold, and tony shopping centers. It's a place where pilates classes are run like boot camps, real estate values are discussed at your weekly colonic, and ice cream parlors on Main Street, USA, exist side-by-side with pho shops and taquerias. Orange County Noir pulls back the veil to reveal what lurks behind the curtain.Features brand-new stories by: Susan Straight, Robert S. Levinson, Rob Roberge, Nathan Walpow, Barbara DeMarco-Barrett, Dan Duling, Mary Castillo, Lawrence Maddox, Dick Lochte, Robert Ward, Gary Phillips, Gordon McAlpine, Martin J. Smith, and Patricia McFall.Editor Gary Phillips is the author of many novels and short stories. He lives in Southern California.
John Weir, and his brother-in-law Raymond, battle corrupt police, development-at-all-cost advocates, and a known sex offender when they try to find the murderer of John's beloved sister.
A religious prostitute's murder forces Merci to suspect the man she lovesAubrey Whittaker is nineteen, God-fearing, and good at her job. The men of Orange County love the statuesque beauty--at least, the men who can afford her. She is watching an evangelist preach on television, just finished with her last date of the night, when she hears a knock at the door. Death waits on the other side. It has been two years since ambitious young detective Merci Rayborn made the worst mistake of her life, getting her partner killed and leaving her unborn son without a father. As she tries to put herself back together, she starts dating Mike McNally, a well-respected and religiously devout cop. But when McNally becomes a suspect in the dead prostitute's murder, Merci is forced to choose between love and justice. And to finish grieving for her murdered lover, she may have to put her newest one behind bars.
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. Deputy 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 police cruiser.
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 to 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.
In this short story from the thrilling anthology FaceOff, John Lescroart and T. Jefferson Parker team up for the first time ever, along with their characters--Wyatt Hunt, hero of three of Lescorart's Hunt Club thrillers; and Joe Trona from Parker's Edgar Award-winning Silent Joe.What begins as a relaxing fishing vacation among friends quickly descends into chaos when Hunt and Trona are drawn into a local gang war in the heart of a tiny Mexican village. When an innocent family is taken hostage, Hunt and Trona have no choice but to set aside their fishing poles and set a trap for some much bigger prey.For more exciting pairs, check out all eleven stories in FaceOff!
Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of influence and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's career.
Matt Stromsoe has come a long way since his wife and son were killed in an explosion meant for him. Wounded severely in both body and spirit, Stromsoe gave up the last thing that held any meaning for him-his job on the police force-and proceeded to hit rock bottom, hard. That was a lifetime ago, and finally the spiral of personal destruction and despair seems to have come to an end. The man responsible for the murders-Stromsoe's best friend from childhood and his wife's old lover-is behind bars and Stromsoe has put the past behind him, rescued from the abyss by a former colleague who offers him a job at his private security firm. Stromsoe's first assignment is to protect local television personality Frankie Hatfield from a stalker. But the further Stromsoe is drawn into this case, the more he finds that the net of intrigue is wide and ultimately leads back to the man who killed his family. As events conspire against him, Stromsoe learns that prison is no safeguard against revenge. T. Jefferson Parker has been hailed as belonging "in the first rank of American crime novelists" (Washington Post Book World) and praised for "some of the finest writing you'll ever read" (Chicago Sun-Times). Superbly crafted, emotionally complex, and filled with heart-stopping action, Storm Runners proves why the novels of T. Jefferson Parker are impossible to resist.
When Rebecca Harris is senselessly murdered--the victim of a bullet meant for someone else--she leaves behind an emotional mystery. The two men in her life--FBI agent Joshua Weinstein, her fiance, and newsman John Menden, her lover--are both driven to find her killer. Only when things start to go wrong, and Menden is on his own, does he begin to wonder if Weinstein's reasons for avenging Rebecca's murder the same as his own?
When a young woman is gunned down in a parking lot, her fiancé seeks revengeRebecca Harris is twenty-two, and a gofer for the Orange County Journal with dreams of one day becoming a reporter. On a rainy California evening, the paper's star columnist asks Rebecca to fetch her car. While opening the door, Rebecca is shot twice, directly through the heart. The paper gets the scoop of the year, but the story goes no further. The killer left behind no clues besides two shell casings--inscribed with the first words of the Declaration of Independence. Rebecca's death shatters her fiancé, FBI special agent Joshua Weinstein. He obsesses over the case until a single clue points him directly to Rebecca's killer. He knows who murdered his bride-to-be, now all he has to do is prove it.
<P> 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. <P> 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. <P> 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?
Two years after his son's death, a cop chases a psychopath who targets childrenTerry Naughton has dedicated his life to protecting the powerless. As the founder of the Orange County Crimes Against Youth unit, he pursues the men and women who kidnap, corrupt, and murder children. In the two years since his five-year-old son died, Naughton has fought to put his life back together. But terror is about to strike the families of Orange County, and ready or not, Naughton is the only man who can stop it. The kidnapper calls himself the Horridus, and he targets six-year-old girls. He releases his first two captives unharmed, but the next girl he abducts will not be so lucky. As his courage grows, his crimes become more depraved, until the Horridus becomes the most evil scourge Southern California has ever known. For Naughton, the battle for which he has spent his whole life preparing is about to begin.
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