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Silent Joe(CD)Lib(Unabr.) [Audiobook, CD, Unabridged] [Audio CD]

T. Jefferson Parker
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Nov. 29 2010
With the horrible remnants of a childhood tragedy forever visible across his otherwise handsome face, Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies. Will Trona is murdered, and Joe will stop at nothing to find out who did it. Looking for clues as he sifts through the remains of his father's life - his girlfriends, acquaintances, deals, and enemies - Joe comes to realize how many secrets Will Trona possessed, and how many people he had the power to harm. But two leads keep rising to the surface: a little girl who was kidnapped by her mentally disturbed brother, and two rival gangs who seem to have joined forces. As Joe deepens his investigation - and as he is forced to confront painful events of his troubled childhood - these two seemingly disconnected threads will intersect. Just how and why form the crux of this intricate, intelligent mystery that satisfies the mind as well as the heart - and reveals yet again the impeccable detail, vivid characterization, and emotional complexity that make a T. Jefferson Parker novel impossible to resist.

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Scarred for life by a brutal father, Joe Trona found a safe haven and a loving childhood in the home of the couple who adopted him. Now he spends his days as a deputy for the Orange County sheriff's department and his nights as a driver and aide to Will Trona, the influential politician who rescued him from the Hillside Children's Home. An expert in firearms and the martial arts, Joe has been backing Will up for a long time. Still, his skill isn't enough to keep Will alive, and when his father is killed right in front of Joe's eyes, the young deputy vows to avenge him. But first he must find out how the kidnapping of a tycoon's daughter, a scam to line the pockets of Will Trona's political enemies, the murder of two Guatemalan immigrants, the unholy activities of a charismatic minister who's a close friend of the Trona family, and the strange alliance of two rival L.A. gangs are connected to Will's death.

Every secret Joe uncovers leads deeper into his beloved father's murky past and ultimately his own. But the reader stays right with this extraordinary man as he battles his demons and ultimately vanquishes them. Author T. Jefferson Parker (The Blue Hour, Red Light, Laguna Heat) is one of the best thriller writers working today. Fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane--and Raymond Chandler, for that matter--will appreciate Parker's ability to create a complex, fascinating, and fully realized hero whose inner reality is brilliantly revealed by his actions. Will Trona is an equally intriguing invention; while ultimately he is an enigma, we remain convinced that he is worthy of his son's devotion. Silent Joe is a mindful, intelligent novel you can't put down. It should break Parker out with the really big boys of mystery fiction, the million-sellers with the marquee names. In fact, he's a much better writer than most of them, and unlike many, he never tells the same story twice. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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arker (Red Light) lowers the volume from his usual roar and adds a subtle backbeat to this bittersweet thriller about a man's anguished search for his father's killer. Joe Trona is a dutiful son, but horrible facial scars have made him an outcast. He lived in an orphanage until he was adopted at five by Will Trona, a powerful politician in Southern California's Orange County. As a hulking teenager and later as a young man, Joe became Will's right-hand man running errands, extracting revenge on enemies, protecting his flank all the while living a lonely life because of his disfigurement. One night, Joe drops his guard for a moment, and Will is gunned down. Despite aggressive investigations by the FBI and sheriff's department, Joe seeks his own vengeance. He starts sifting through his father's life and gradually discovers that Will brokered secret deals, blackmailed enemies, had extramarital affairs and in his final days appeared to be involved in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl. Joe's investigation becomes a personal voyage, casting light on the dark corners of his own past and allowing him to start overcoming the crushing indignity that his injury has forced him to endure. Capped by a violent yet poignant finale, the plot is loaded with familiar Parker themes a faithless government, the heavy hand of big business and the corruption of the wealthy. Parker's tone, however, is more pensive this time. He crafts an intricately layered story reaching beyond his usual domain into more personal territory, at times evoking the work of Ross MacDonald. (Apr. 25)Forecast: A teaser chapter in the paperback of L.A. Times bestseller Red Light, a $150,000 marketing campaign and a five-city author tour will speak up for what is perhaps Parker's most ambitious work to date.

Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2.0 out of 5 stars Silent Joe should have kept his mouth shut July 15 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Although a vast improvement over "Laguna Heat", Parker's first novel, "Silent Joe" really should have not opened his mouth at all. This reviewer is amazed that this book won an Edgar. There must have been very slim pickings that year.
The characters, especially the protagonist, Joe Trona, are unconvincing. Most of them hardly rise above the level of trite stereotypes. The crooked, low-class bureaucrat with the working-class name who is almost indistinguishable from the same character cast as a union boss/thug. The venal, sinful, wealth-accumulating evangelist who gambles, womanizes, consults astrologers and is mixed up in every shady political deal in Southern California. The eleven-year-old girl who has a calmness of mind in a crisis that would be the envy of every James Bond wannabe on the planet is totally unbelievable as is her allegedly crazy brother who seems to have no plan beyond revenge against their filthy rich father. The only characters who seem to have any motivation are Joe and his father Will, who is stone cold dead before the end of page twenty-two.
Joe's motivations, in fact all his character traits, are totally unbelievable. He acts like an automaton one minute and like a person with impulse control issues the next. He defers to anyone and everyone, especially his adoptive father, Will, who treats him like a servant whom he does not like very much. Joe has bizarre habits that he claims come from being "institutionalized" in a county children's home from the time he was less than a year old until he was about five. This just doesn't wash. Nobody, not even this neurotic becomes so institutionalized by age five that they only feel comfortable eating from compartmentalized trays.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Warmhearted hero immersed in a feeble plot June 4 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is not a cops suspenseful tale, this book is all about Joe Trona's life, the twenty something weapons master, martial arts expert police deputy with a partly disfigured face, product of the work of a vengeful dissapointed empty-headed father that thrown him acid when he was in his crib after he learned that he was not his seed.
Years later, Will Trona, stepfather of Joe Trona a politician with clout and shady deals, is murdered before Joe Trona's eyes after that big blow, Joe Trona commits himself to discover the perpetrator and make justice.
After Will Trona murder, the author instead of developing the intrigue with alluring elements to grab the reader as it is expected in a story like this one, decides instead to delve deeper into Joe Trona's character, how he projects his feelings over the psychological wounds left by the acid thrown to his face by his father when he was a baby and some lovemaking details about a not credible affair with a starlette who anchors a TV program that interviews people like him, those who have undergone one of a kind awful tragedy in their lifes
As I said, the weak point is that the mystery of the plot is left aside in the background and not developed as it should, all we can get as readers halfway, is a strong character in the foreground immersed in a very confusing plot full of secondary one dimensional characters and shallow circumstances that pop up chapter after chapter turning everything more and more blurred, (Where this name comes from ? Have I noticed him/her before ?)
Do not expect deceitful twists and turns either as you may find in novels of this sort, just something crafted to give meaning to an ending.
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5.0 out of 5 stars easily one of the best written works of the year March 9 2004
By Larry
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Joe Trona suffered a terrible injury as a child. His father threw acid on his face leaving him horribly scarred. It is a scar that has affected his life since then. After being adopted by Will and Mary Ann Trona, his life improved considerably. As the book opens, Will is a prominent politician in Orange County and Joe is his right hand man. Unfortunately, as Will goes on an assignment, he is killed in an ambush as Joe helplessly watches. Joe, of course, will stop at nothing to find Will's killers. He must delve into Will's past to get the answers.
What is especially impressive about this particular work is the superb writing. In fact, this is easily one of the best written works of the year. Joe Trona is an unforgettable character. He is brought vibrantly alive though both actions and dialogue. The plot is reasonably compelling, yet, at times, frustratingly complex. The slightly excessive length served to slow down the pacing of the story. This is not my favorite of the Best Novel Edgar nominees, however, the superb writing cannot be denied nor should the Edgar.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Silent Joe: Edgar Award winner??? Jan. 13 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I liked this book but found some components .....undigestable. The characters are inconsistent and unbelievable. We have an eleven year old child who reacts/speaks like an adult. She is abused yet has no fear of strange places or strangers, has the presence of mind to go to a rendevous point in an unfamiliar neighborhood in the middle of a shoot-out, and is non-plussed by being on the run with her crazy brother. She somehow sends postcards out of concern for Joe.
Joe adores a father who puts him in dangerous situations, using him as security and treating him like hired help. His father is a womanizer. Under normal circumstances I believe Joe would feel torn because he supposedly loves his mother. Political intrigue, shoot-outs, 100+mph driving etc, are not usually activities loving parents reserve for their children.
Joe is an incredible contradiction. He seems confused enough about good/bad to give large amounts of money to estranged family members, has respect for the woman who helped set his father up to be murdered, and misses a cop-killer he no longer guards in prison.
In addition, this book takes PC to an extreme level where Joe looks like a fool instead of a crusader. This book seemed a little agenda oriented - even for a Northern Californian. Lastly, there were some twists but Joe lives in an extremely small world. They end exactly where the reader thinks they will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars SILENCE CAN BE GOLDEN
In Joe Trona, the hero of this well-conceived novel, T. Jefferson Parker has created a wonderful, likeable, semi-tragic hero who propels the reader into the dark secrets of many... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Michael Butts
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unknown Thing
The Unknown Thing, coined by T.Jefferson Parker in Silent Joe is that indescribable feeling certain women impart on your soul. Read more
Published on Dec 26 2003 by "jerry3643"
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Hero from T. Jefferson Parker
T. Jefferson Parker has given us another hero to root for and one whom I hope he will bring back from time to time so that we can find out he is doing. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2003 by P. Connors
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't live up to reviews
I was very disappointed with this book and shocked that it was an Edgar Award winner. From the reviews I expected a first rate mystery but I could never really get on board with... Read more
Published on Aug. 3 2003 by Anita
5.0 out of 5 stars Hurrah for Joe and Shag
This is a real slam-bam thriller. It took me a while to get into the author's stride, but once we got together, I could hardly put the book down. Read more
Published on July 25 2003 by G. B. Talovich
5.0 out of 5 stars A subtle, painful glide into the dark night of life, soul
The only novel worthy of the Edgar in the last decade, this marvelous novel explores the human psyche and invites the reader to enter the world of this novel and its lead character... Read more
Published on June 29 2003 by "inthefoam2"
4.0 out of 5 stars somewhat predictable
"Silent Joe" was my reading group's book choice for January. I had never read anything by T. Jefferson Parker before so looked forward to a new reading experience. Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2003 by Sandra L. von Pier
1.0 out of 5 stars I seldom put books down in the middle.......
...but the plot was sooooooo cheesy, unbelievable and repetitious that I had to give it up. I can suspend disbelief with the best of them, but unless I'm reading sci-fi I want... Read more
Published on Feb. 21 2003 by Robotpirate
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent mystery
This book was great fun. The author definitely knows how to write a mystery/thriller. Any book that has a good enough command of plot that I don't want to put it down gets major... Read more
Published on Jan. 28 2003 by "mrtoad11"
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