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Cold Pursuit [Hardcover]

T Jefferson Parker
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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying! July 10 2003
T. Jefferson Parker is magnificent! He doesn't write about shoot-em-up superheroes. This story begins with a murder and then investigates it. Suspects are found and either eliminated or investigated further. The solution was so obvious once you got there but the plot was so cleverly devised that you didn't figure it out until you turned that page.
If you want to learn more than you need to know about the book, read the other reviews. Better yet, read the book.
Unusual for a T. Jeff story, I did make one correct guess early on--usually I find something out when he's ready to tell me--but it didn't help much with the solution of the crime. I dismissed the clue I should have picked up.
The story is rich with solid characters and their personal, working, and family relationships. Tom McMichael investigates the murder of Pete Braga realistically, picking up leads and following them to their conclusion. And the subplots are equally well-developed--the generations-old family feud, McMichael's past involvement with Braga's granddaughter, and his on-going relationship with his son, to name but a few.
I have no reservations in rating this book the five stars it deserves!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great one from T. Jefferson Parker July 8 2003
When Homicide Sergeant Tom McMichael gets the call about Pete Braga's murder, he can't help feeling a bit of pleasure. The McMichaels have hated the Bragas for years, ever since Pete killed McMichael's grandfather. Still, McMichael is a cop and he intends to track down the killer. The pretty nurse looks like a good suspect--her story about buying firewood and getting all of the missing property as gifts sounds a bit suspicious. But McMichael is attracted to the nurse and his gut tells him that she's innocent. Still, does he dare go with his gut, or should he trust the evidence?
Author T. Jefferson Parker delivers another exciting mystery. McMichael, with his conflicted feelings toward the nurse, his ex-wife, and the victim's daughter who was his childhood sweetheart and is single again, makes a strong and sympathetic character. A second case, involving smuggling contraband from Mexico adds complexity to the plot without taking the focus from Pete's murder. The nasty cops from internal affairs, sticking their noses into other cop's business feel authentic.
When I read my first T. Jefferson Parker book (see our review of THE BLUE HOUR) I suspected that I had found a real talent. COLD PURSUIT convinces me that I was right. It is a wonderful and authentic police thriller. Parker delivers emotional depth, thoughtful police work, and exciting action in a tightly worded package. If you haven't discovered Parker, you are in for a treat and COLD PURSUIT delivers. If you're already a fan, you won't be disappointed. COLD PURSUIT is fully up to the high standards that Parker has set for himself.
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5.0 out of 5 stars In a word---spectacular! May 20 2003
T. Jefferson Parker's "Cold Pursuit" is a classic crime story...a complicated tale that unfolds effortlessly. He is a most visual writer.
Unanswered questions from the past frame the narrative. No one is quite what he or she appears as Detective Tom McMichael and his partner Hector Paz endeavor to unravel the truth about the murder of eighty-four year old San Diego patriarch Pete Braga.
There are three generations of bad blood between the Portuguese Bragas and the Irish McMichaels. McMichael's basic decency and personal code eliminate any chance of a clouded judgement.
There is no shortage of suspects: City Council members, the Catholic Diocese, a smuggling ring, the police force, members of either family---any of them could have done it.
As McMichael exhumes the past to explain the current crime, you can never anticipate what is coming next.
Each and every clue seems conflicting...altering newfound clarity into opaqueness in the turn of a page.
Wonderful misdirection. To paraphrase Inspector Clouseau: "I suspected everyone and I suspected no one."
A powerful ending. Do not miss this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Comes in Like a Lamb and Goes Out Like a Lion May 12 2003
The story features San Diego homicide detective Tom McMichael who, on the first page, is given a difficult choice. Pete Braga, long-time family enemy of the McMichaels, has been murdered.
McMichael's lieutenant offers him the case but lets him know he can decline. He thinks it over for just a moment and accepts the case.
McMichael is now in "Cold Pursuit" of Pete Braga's killer, the same man who killed his grandfather in 1952. Braga was an ambitious man in life, with a net worth of a little over 12 million dollars. He served as mayor of San Diego, was the Port Commissioner and part of the Tuna Boat Foundation.
The elder McMichael worked for Braga on his tuna fishing boat. They had argued over wages and got into a physical brawl, which ended with the death of McMichael's grandfather. Braga claimed it was self-defense and never served any time for the death.
The McMichaels believed that he killed in cold blood. The feud continued with the Bragas believing that as payback, Gabriel McMichael, then thirteen-years-old, attacked Pete Braga's son, Victor, and beat him so bad that he was left with the mentality of a ten-year-old.
Tom McMichael grew up knowing both sides but never having proof of either. He had once been in love with Braga's granddaughter and both families had ended the young lovers' affair.
Tom eventually met Stephanie, married and had a son, Johnny. After seven years together, they divorced and he was still reeling a year later.
Totally devoted to his son, he felt he would never adjust to the weekend and Wednesday night visits. He wanted to be a full-time father to his son. He was still single though Stephanie had remarried a dentist, the same one she'd had the affair with before the divorce had been final.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written
Tom McMichael is a San Diego homicide detective, no problem until businessman Pete Braga is murdered. Read more
Published on April 20 2004 by Beverly J. Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars brain thorn
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 more
Published on Dec 3 2003 by "jerry3643"
4.0 out of 5 stars Moody police procedural
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 more
Published on April 29 2003 by Lynn Harnett
5.0 out of 5 stars Parker goes 11-0
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 more
Published on April 15 2003 by David L. Colgrove
5.0 out of 5 stars tour de force police procedural thriller
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 more
Published on April 5 2003 by Harriet Klausner
4.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly vivid, compelling mystery.
This was my first book by T. Jefferson Parker, & I enjoyed it thoroughly. Being a San Diego native myself, I'll happily vouch for Mr Parker's extremely detailed command of the... Read more
Published on March 22 2003 by Steve
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