January 6, 2010
Iron River A Novel T. Jefferson Parker Dutton: 374 pp., $26.95
February 5, 2008 |
After 14 novels behind the Orange Curtain, T. Jefferson Parker has come north to do some business with a big iron on his hip. "L.A. Outlaws," Parker's first novel set in Los Angeles, is at once a noir thriller and a western ballad of desperadoes and doomed lovers. The book is both hard-boiled and heartbreaking, Ross Macdonald as sung by Marty Robbins.
April 7, 2007 |
A Southern California native, T. Jefferson Parker grew up in Tustin in the 1960s and '70s, graduated from UC Irvine, worked as a reporter at the Newport Ensign and the Daily Pilot and, in 1985, became a bestselling crime writer with his first novel, "Laguna Heat."
April 10, 2006 |
MAYBE the California crime novel had nowhere else to go. Dashiell Hammett, Raymond Chandler and Ross Macdonald established its hard-boiled style, which a thousand imitators turned into a collection of cliches. Then James Ellroy went way beyond hard-boiled, to blackened and smoking at the bottom of a bone-dry saucepan. Nobody could beat that, so when T.
December 26, 2004 |
The 12th novel of T. Jefferson Parker, clearly his most ambitious, covers 50 years in the lives of the surviving Becker brothers of Tustin -- the dogged homicide detective Nick, crime reporter and budding novelist Andy, and David, the man of God. (A fourth sibling, Carl, is a Vietnam casualty.) It meticulously tracks their loss of youth and innocence while observing the changes, none for the better, that have taken place in what was once an easygoing, fruitful conservative paradise.
September 29, 2004 |
After writing 12 novels in nearly 20 years set in the stretch of the Sun Belt south of Los Angeles, T. Jefferson Parker has earned the title of bard of Orange County. He's familiar with all that is shabby and grandiose about the area, knows it intimately enough to see past the Jane Jacobs nightmare of sterile industrial parks, socially engineered gated communities and party-hearty beach towns.