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Parker's writing is a pleasure from the first sentence to the last: intelligent, often quietly poetic, cliché-free, and as crisp and dry as a good Pinot Gris. Here is the book's opening paragraph, which accomplishes several scene-setting tasks while pleasing both ear and brain:
That night the wind came hard off the Pacific, an El Nino event that would blow three inches of rain onto the roofs of San Diego. It was the first big storm of the season, early January and overdue. Palm fronds lifted with a plastic hiss and slapped against the windows of McMichael's apartment. The digitized chirp of his phone sounded ridiculous against the steady wind outside.
At times the book's richly complex plot gets confusing, and some sections aren't especially suspenseful. However, every page is absorbing and affecting, and the ending is a shocker. Peopled by a teeming cast of full-blooded characters and set in a San Diego so vivid you can smell the beach and the blood, Cold Pursuit may be Parker's subtlest, most satisfying tale yet. --Nicholas H. Allison --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Tom McMichael is a San Diego homicide detective, no problem until businessman Pete Braga is murdered. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Beverly J. Scott
As far as I know, T. Jefferson Parker is the first one to use "brain thorn" to describe a condition we all suffer when something is right on the tip of our toungue. Read morePublished on Dec 3 2003 by "jerry3643"
Edgar Award-winner Parker ("Silent Joe") manages to do something a little different each time out and his eleventh is a police procedural made personal by family feuding. Read morePublished on April 29 2003 by Lynn Harnett
T. Jefferson Parker deserves to be even more famous than he is. I write and I read everything in his genre and for my money there is no better stylist than Parker. Read morePublished on April 15 2003 by David L. Colgrove
In 1952 San Diego, a Braga killed a McMichael in what was called self-defense. A few months later Pete Braga's son Victor was beaten up so severely that he sustained brain damage. Read morePublished on April 5 2003 by Harriet Klausner