- Paperback: 400 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (Jan. 3 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0451235568
- ISBN-13: 978-0451235565
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 322 g
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #774,577 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Parker glides from novel to novel, usually taking us in unexpected new directions. If you're interested in the best of today's crime fiction, he's someone you should read." -The Washington Post
"Parker displays his knack for creating captivating characters and his unabashed passion for California lore. Only two other authors-Dick Francis and James Lee Burke-have won the Edgar for best novel twice. Don't be surprised if Parker is on his way to a third." -Booklist (starred review)
"Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California." -Chicago Tribune
"As always with a Parker novel, the characters are superbly drawn, the California landscape is evocatively portrayed and the exceptional prose swings from lyrical to hard-boiled." -Associated Press
"No writer can match Parker when it comes to character and mood, and in The Renegades he has fashioned a masterpiece of postmodern noir. Here is a brilliant craftsman and storyteller at the height of his powers." -Providence Journal
"If there's a better mystery writer around...well, there isn't." -San Diego Union Tribune
"Parker's characters are compelling and well drawn, and his plot propels them through busy sequences filled with surprising turns." -Wall Street Journal
"LA Outlaws introduces one of the most enticing heroines in recent American crime fiction. . . . All of Parker's skills are on display here: vivid writing, strong characters, clockwork plotting, agonizing suspense and, finally, an ending that manages to be just right. LA Outlaws is popular entertainment at its most delicious." -Washington Post Book World
"The devil is very much present in this troubled landscape, and he's the ultimate shape-shifter, as Parker has so adeptly proven with his Charlie Hood titles. Parker's dark and gritty series takes readers beyond the drug war headlines, personalizing the toll it's taken on our souls. Series fans will devour this sequel to Iron River." -Library Journal
"In the fourth of his ambitious Border series (Iron River, 2010, etc.), Parker pits veteran agent Charlie Hood against errant good guys, vicious bad guys and maybe something in the paranormal guise. An excess of subplots softens the middle a bit, but this is a rich book, packed with action, violence, love, lust, flashes of wit, moments of poignancy and the occasional sharp geopolitical insight. Despite 17 novels ranging from first-rate to extraordinary, Parker has somehow managed not to become a household name, which means enough of you aren't trying." -Kirkus
About the Author
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of numerous novels and short stories, the winner of three Edgar Awards, and the recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he was an award-winning reporter. He lives in Fallbrook, California.
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Meanwhile, the now thirty-two-year-old Hood, is still on loan to the ATF from the LASD for operation "Blowdown". ATF Agent Sean Ozburn aka "Gravas"... another close and valued friend of Charlie's... has been undercover in a Mexican drug cartel gun-drug-murder-sting operation for way too long. He goes "off the reservation" as he murders a safe house (that he owns and rents to the cartel) full of young Mexican hitmen. Charlie and his ATF compatriots try to track down the at large Sean... through his sexy wife Seliah. In an agonizingly long and drawn out expose' of increasingly bizarre... yet similar symptoms... the reader is forced to endure Sean's and Seliah's... fevers... sweats... increase in strength... innumerable orgasms... aversion to light... aversion to mirrors... aversion to water... on... and on... an on... Ad Nauseam. And throughout this monotonous... repetitive dissertation... is the famous *LOVE 32* *MACHINE PISTOL WITH NOISE SUPPRESSOR AND EXTENDED MAGAZINE AND TELESCOPIC HANDLE*. The creation of this unique weapon was originated in a prior Hood book, and in my opinion if a prospective reader hadn't read the prior book, a lot of the impact is lost.
Compared to prior "Hood" books the believable action is sparse... the creation of new, good, solid, creative, interesting characters is almost non-existent... and the promise of a high-octane story is missing something under the **HOOD**!
Throw together characters and some messy links from those books, continue the 50-round Love 32 pistol, the drug trade, add a little rabies (oh, yes!) and an uninteresting Charlie Hood who has virtually no significant role in the story,and Parker attempts to establish a "Charlie Hood" series to drive sales.
Not good, guy. Now I see there is another in this "seres" immediately available and I don't even want to finish this one.
Parker has written so many fine thrillers, it is a shame that he is willing to throw away what worked in the first book, but no more, please, in this "series."
The essence of the story concerns the downward course of a rogue under-cover cop- Sean Gravas. 18 months of intense work have brought him to a ragged edge and taken its toll on his marriage. He is beginning to decompress in strange ways (mission from God, seeing strange colors, aversion to water, sexual ironman), one being the assault and murder of some of the narco-thugs renting a house from him. All caught on a security camera installed to keep tabs on them. In fact, his wife Seliah Gravas, is feeling some of the same stress fatigue and other symptoms as her husband. An odd confluence until one of the subplots is revealed.
Hood, and Bradley, the two ususal protagonists in what is loosely called the "Hood" series play only tangential roles in this rambling story. Hood trying to get Sean to come in and playing intermediary between Sean and Seliah as they plan rendezvous to relieve their stress and lonliness. Bradley continues parlaying off his Sheriffs Deputy badge as gun-runner for the Border Lords, only to wind up in an IA investigation of his activity centering on his unusual "luck" in the performance of his Sheriffs duties.
One of the more interesting sub-plots reveals the behind the scenes machinations of Mike Finnegan, who opens the book masquerading as a Father Joe visiting a cave filled with vampire bats. As the story rolls on we learn that Father Joe may have infected Sean, and through him- Seliah, with rabies during an island holiday encounter providing an explanation for their erratic behavior.
In spite of my previosuly self professed infatuation with Parker, I can only give this book a so, so recommedation. If you have read the other books in this series then I would read this one mainly to whet your appetite for a book featuring Mike Finnegan.
Not Parkers best work by far.