May 12, 1999 |
Meet Tim Hess, a recently retired 67-year-old Orange County Sheriff's Department homicide detective who is battling lung cancer--and boredom. Called back to active duty when a serial killer takes another victim, Hess is teamed up with a brash, much younger, second-generation cop with a driving ambition to one day be elected sheriff-coroner in T. Jefferson Parker's latest mystery novel. Hess and Merci Rayborn have their hands full in "The Blue Hour" (Hyperion; $23.
June 23, 1996 |
There's something irresistible about the thought of kicking back on the sand at Newport or Doheny with a novel whose black heart offers passage to the dark side of the eternally cheerful Orange County facade. Opening with a rain-soaked corpse in a Costa Mesa parking lot, "The Triggerman's Dance" holds promise as the perfect counterbalance to a sunny summer day. Rebecca Harris, an intern at the Orange County Journal, has just been shot through the heart from 300 yards.
March 18, 1998 |
As head of the Sheriff's Department's Crimes Against Youth unit, Terry Naughton has encountered his share of "kiddie-sex creeps." But not even Naughton, the troubled hero of T. Jefferson Parker's new Orange County-set crime thriller, has seen anything like the snake-obsessed child predator who calls himself the Horridus--Latin for a type of rattlesnake.
May 18, 2003 |
The world we live in is precarious: Security, status and human relations are fragile; even personality is fungible, and April Smith is here to demonstrate these quiddities. In "Good Morning, Killer," Special Agent Ana Grey, whom we first met in "North of Montana," sticks close to her old stamping ground. She works on the disappearance of a 15-year-old Santa Monica girl, Juliana, which soon turns into a kidnapping-torture-and-rape situation.
June 20, 1999 |
Born round the mid-19th century, detective stories replaced the deteriorating magic of the supernatural. Witchcraft, spells, ghosts and fairies were fading. Crime stories re-created mystery when mystery was waning: The dark forests of robbers and witches gave way to the somber thickets of criminal souls, the exoticism of unexplored wastes translated into the hunting grounds of native ogres. John Connolly provides ogres aplenty. And witches, too. Gripping is a word that should be used sparingly.
January 19, 2011
The Border Lords A Charlie Hood Novel T. Jefferson Parker Dutton: 373 pp., $26.95
July 15, 1993
I have enjoyed reading T. Jefferson Parker's column in OC Live! for some months. How refreshing to read his analysis of "Jurassic Park" and "Last Action Hero." I did not dignify Arnold's latest by paying cold cash to see it, having avoided his other movies. Parker's own monster experience with the homesick kingsnake was hilarious. CAROL RAPSON Laguna Beach
August 5, 1990
Do we really need the silly, parochial posturing of T. Jefferson Parker ("Behind the Orange Curtain") and Steve Harvey ("From the Belly of the Beast")? There are some of us who like the best of both worlds. Dare we proudly call ourselves Southern Californians? DOUGLAS MUIR Newport Beach