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T. Jefferson Parker

Biography

T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He was educated in public schools in Orange County, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976.

His writing career began in 1978, with a job 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, was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn.

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" (Los Angeles 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, critic Carolyn See called The Triggerman's Dance "a masterpiece."

Parker's SILENT JOE won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 2001, as well as the coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. Three years later, CALIFORNIA GIRL won the Edgar for best mystery once again. In 2008, Skinhead Central won Parker his third Edgar, this time for best short story.

Parker's last six crime novels --- L.A. OUTLAWS, THE RENEGADES, IRON RIVER, THE BORDER LORDS, THE JAGUAR and THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD --- all feature Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Hood, and deal with dangers along the U.S./Mexico border. Lionsgate has bought the rights to bring Charlie Hood to the big screen.

Parker’s latest novel, FULL MEASURE, marks a departure from crime writing and is his first mainstream literary novel.

T. Jefferson Parker

Books by T. Jefferson Parker

by T. Jefferson Parker - Family Life, Fiction, Literary, Psychological Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

The Carson dynasty rules the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. But when Wylie Welborn, returns after a stint in Afghanistan, it reopens a dark moment in Carson family history: the murder of Wylie's father by his jealous and very pregnant wife, Cynthia. Her son Sky, born while his mother was in prison, and Wylie are half-brothers. They inherit not only superb athletic skills but an enmity that threatens to play out in a lethal drama on one of the fastest and most perilous ski slopes in the world.

by T. Jefferson Parker - 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 his parents 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.

by T. Jefferson Parker

Robin knew Paul wasn’t perfect. But he said they were so lucky to have found each other, and she believed it was true. She is a meticulous accountant, almost forty. He is an artist and university professor, twenty years older. When Paul suggests a month in Morocco, Robin reluctantly agrees. Once immersed into the swirling, white hot exotica of a walled city on the North African Atlantic coast, Paul is everything she wants him to be --- passionate, talented, knowledgeable. She is convinced that it is here she will finally become pregnant. But then Paul suddenly disappears, and Robin finds herself the prime suspect in the police inquiry. As her understanding of the truth starts to unravel, Robin lurches from the crumbling art deco of Casablanca to the daunting Sahara, caught in an increasingly terrifying spiral from which there is no easy escape.

by T. Jefferson Parker - Fiction, Mystery

A beautiful young woman is dead in the bathroom of her home. Her husband --- a promising young cop named Archie Wildcraft --- is shot in the head but still alive. It looks like an attempted murder/suicide, but something tells Detective Merci Rayborn that there’s more to the story. When the suspect vanishes from his hospital bed, he draws Merci into a manhunt that leaves the entire department questioning her abilities and her judgment. Is Archie’s flight the act of a ruined mind, or a faithful heart? Is his account of the night his wife was murdered half-formed memory, or careful manipulation? Merci and Wildcraft head for a collision in a dizzying succession of cryptic clues, terrifying secrets, and painful truths.