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Jefferson Parker lives in Laguna Beach, California. When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and haunting the public tennis courts.


Parker, whose Silent Joe won an Edgar in 2001, can turn his hand to many genres: this one is a thriller with elements of family feud, and with a setting-San Diego in an unusually rainy winter-that is wonderfully moody. Homicide cop Tom McMichael is called in on the murder of wealthy old Pete Braga, a legendary local character who was once a tuna fisherman and now moves in the city's top financial circles. The problem is that his Portuguese family and McMichael's Irish one have a rivalry going back two generations. The details of that past, and the picture that emerges of two feisty old men locked into a bitter battle, are the brightest part of the book. The actual plot is more conventional: Braga's attractive nurse is an obvious suspect, so it is unwise for Tom to fall for her. Was the patriarch's killing related to local politics, or perhaps to his changed will? There are numerous red herrings-including a lurid subplot about a crooked cop and a very surprising commodity being smuggled across the border from Mexico-before the violent, rather improbable denouement. It's not unusual for a thriller to begin much better than it ends, but the more eloquent passages of Cold Pursuit make the routine ones doubly disappointing. (Apr. 2) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Praise for Jefferson Parker 'Insanely imaginative' New York Times 'Parker has only one rival -- Thomas Harris' Washington Post Praise for Cold Pursuit: 'I'm always a sucker for a good American police procedural, and Cold Pursuit is a fine example of the genre' Mail on Sunday 'An example of how a good police procedural can transcend the questions, answers and hunch-playing. The plot strands fly in all directions, but Jefferson manages to keep order, slowly progressing via a few surprise turnarounds to an unexpected denouement' Time Out Praise for Black Water 'Parker at the top of his form' Los Angeles Times 'Both convincing and heartening. Parker gets better and better' Literary Review 'An entertaining story with an appealing heroine' Sunday Telegraph 'A well-plotted psychological thriller that keeps the reader guessing' Time Out 'A guileful pursuit story with a gripping outcome' Scotsman Praise for Red Light 'Parker's latest sizzles along, an infectious blend of atmosphere, action and passion' Publisher's Weekly Praise for The Blue Hour 'Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer' New York Times Book Review'

San Diego homicide detective Tom McMichael heads up the investigation into the murder of 84-year-old Pete Braga, ex-mayor, influential businessman, millionaire-and the man who shot his grandfather years before. That death began a family feud between the Portuguese Bragas and the Irish McMichaels that has lasted to the present. At the crime scene, the detectives find Braga's bloodstained nurse, who tried to perform CPR when she discovered her charge's bludgeoned body; she becomes the first suspect. Then they discover that the wealthy man was attempting to change his will, but his law firm had lost the letters expressing his wishes. Add to that a cop gone wrong but with business ties to the Braga automobile dealership, and the murder takes on new significance. The story neatly weaves the current case with the past, giving McMichael a great mystery to solve and, in turn, the reader a terrific time following clues. Parker, whose Silent Joe won the 2002 Edgar Award for Best Novel, writes complex mysteries peopled with finely developed characters. For most fiction collections.-Jo Ann Vicarel, Cleveland Hts.-University Hts. P.L., OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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