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T Jefferson Parker

USA flag (b.1953)

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.

Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Anthologies edited
Non fiction
   My California (2004) (with Mark Arax, Michael Chabon, Firoozeh Dumas, Edward Humes, Aimee Liu, Mary Mackey, Devorah Major, Thomas Steinbeck, Héctor Tobar, Donna Wares and Matt Warshaw)
Edgar Awards Best Novel nominee (2001) : Red Light
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2002) : Silent Joe
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2002) : Silent Joe
Anthony Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : California Girl
Edgar Awards Best Novel winner (2005) : California Girl
Macavity Awards Best Novel nominee (2005) : California Girl
Shamus Awards Best Hardcover Novel winner (2018) : The Room of White Fire

T Jefferson Parker recommends
Only in the Ashes (1997)
(Anne Menlo, book 2)
Maxine O'Callaghan
"O'Callaghan... takes us into the extremes of evil and innocence."
The Guards (2001)
(Jack Taylor, book 1)
Ken Bruen
"The Guards blew me away. It's dark, funny and moving - just for starters. With a sharp eye and a lyrical voice, Ken Bruen takes us on a powerful odyssey through the mean streets of Galway, straight into the Irish heart. Bruen's tale is a potent draft of desire and hopelessness, conviction and surrender, inadvertent heroism and unexpected grace. This is mystery writing f a high order."
Dead Water (2001)
(Loon Lake Fishing Mystery, book 3)
Victoria Houston
"Gripping, atmospheric and smart."
Baby Game (2005)
Randall Hicks
"A comic mystery in the best sense of words."
Dark Side of the Moon (2006)
(Laura Cardinal, book 2)
J Carson Black
"A strong new voice in American crime fiction."
Buy Back (2010)
Brian M Wiprud
"Buy Back is Wiprud's best and biggest novel yet - his breakout book."
License to Lie (2012)
(License to Lie, book 1)
Terry Ambrose
"...fast and well written almost sure to satisfy..."
The Benefit of Doubt (2015)
(Newberg, book 1)
Neal Griffin
"A fine debut. The police work is definitive, the emotions run high, and the hero Ben Sawyer is one you will root for."
The Daughter of Sherlock Holmes (2017)
(Daughter of Sherlock Holmes, book 1)
Leonard Goldberg
"Loaded with suspense and believable characters."
The Driver (2017)
Hart Hanson
"Hart Hanson has given us a wonderful debut novel in The Driver."
High White Sun (2018)
(Sheriff Chris Cherry, book 2)
J Todd Scott
"High White Sun is a striking novel from one of the most formidable crime writers working today. J. Todd Scott captures the rough beauty of Big Bend, Texas, and the even rougher men and women living on both sides of the law. Whispers of Winslow and McCarthy sound across these pages, but the determining voice is all Scott's - specific, lyrical and keen to time and place. This is an authentic contemporary Western in the best sense of the words."
The Disappearance of Maggie Collins (2018)
Roger Angle
"NYPD Lt. Daniel Dupree is on the trail of a torture-killer of prostitutes, using his PD lover—Maggie Collins—as bait to trap the murderer. What follows is a blacker-than-noir journey through Manhattan’s one-time pit of wickedness. Steeped in sex and violence, hinting at Dupree’s redemption, this dark adventure is not for the faint of heart."
Gary Phillips' Hollis For Hire (2018)
(Nate Hollis, book 2)
Scott Adlerberg, Sarah M Chen, Phillip Drayer Duncan, Naomi Hirahara, Sara Paretsky and Gary Phillips
"Yes, this is a violent world that Nate inhabits, but he steers a true and moral course through the layers of deception, skullduggery and sometime worse that make these stories such high-density entertainment."
The Animals After Midnight (2019)
(Darby Holland, book 3)
Jeff Johnson
"What wonderful Northwest noir. Jeff Johnson cruises through Portland's underworld with a raunchy grace and an unfailing sense of black humor."

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