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T. Jefferson Parker

Biography

T. Jefferson Parker

Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all of his life in Southern California. Those who don't call him Mr. Parker, call him Jeff. The "T" is silent because, in fact, it's simply a letter of the alphabet. Jeff's mom claimed the T would look better on the door of the President. Good thing for us he prefers writing novels to dabbling in politics. Jeff Parker was educated in public schools in Orange County, and took a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. He was honored in 1992 as the Distinguished Alumnus.

His writing career began in 1978, as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book.

Parker's first novel, LAGUNA HEAT, written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a journalist, was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. The paperback made The New York Times Bestseller list in 1986.

Parker's following novels --- all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California --- were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists. His writing has been called "potent and irresistible" (L.A. Times) and "resonant, literate and powerful" (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that "T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer." Writing in the Washington Post, reviewer Carolyn See called THE TRIGGERMAN'S DANCE "a masterpiece." WHERE SERPENTS LIE and THE BLUE HOUR appeared for five weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. RED LIGHT and SILENT JOE made number one on that list in May of 2000 and 2001, respectively and SILENT JOE went on to win the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. COLD PURSUIT was named Novel of the Year by the Southern California Booksellers Association. CALIFORNIA GIRL won Jeff his second Best Novel Edgar.

When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and haunting the public tennis courts. He enjoys diving, snorkeling, and travel. He escapes to a trailer in the desert in the spring and fall, to hike the country and not answer telephones.

T. Jefferson Parker

Books by T. Jefferson Parker

by T. Jefferson Parker - Family, Fiction, Literary Fiction

Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom, but is shocked to learn that parents he loves are facing ruin. Ted Norris worships his brother and yearns for his approval. His urgent quest to prove himself threatens to put those he loves in peril. When Ted’s plan for redemption goes terribly wrong, he tries to disappear. Desperate to find his brother and salvage what remains of his family, Patrick must make an agonizing choice.

by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Three men --- an earnest law-enforcer, an inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other --- hurtle toward one another in the jaw-dropping conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s mesmerizing vision of the border. Their climactic showdown brings to a spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.

by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to an L.A. sheriff 's deputy, is kidnapped by the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. 

by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Thriller

Charlie Hood searches for an undercover agent who has disappeared, only to resurface in a series of bizarre video tapes. The trail leads Charlie into the fevered landscape of America's southern border and the unexplored depths of humanity's dark soul.

by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Thriller

A Taliban splinter group, Black Crescent, is shooting medical workers, downing helicopters, slaughtering anyone who dares to accept aid. It’s up to Lieutenant Colonel Michael Parson and his Afghan aircrews to try to figure out how to strike back.