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At the dramatic start of Parker's excellent 13th novel (after 2004's California Girl), San Diego homicide detective Robbie Brownlaw suffers a head trauma that causes his senses to get mixed up. The sounds of conversations, for example, are accompanied by colored shapes that reflect the speakers' emotions. But the confusion turns into an asset, as it helps Brownlaw recognize when suspects and witnesses are lying to him-and he encounters lots of falsehoods when he begins investigating the case of Garrett Asplundh, shot dead while waiting for a meeting with his estranged wife. As an investigator for the San Diego Ethics Authority Enforcement Unit, Asplundh had uncovered a widespread corruption scandal-and unleashed plenty of enemies, including city officials, a financier and a purveyor of high-priced call girls. The suspense is palpable as Brownlaw and his partner, McKenzie Cortez, work to identify Asplundh's killer, but the novel probes deeper mysteries, such as the victim's tragic life and Brownlaw's disintegrating marriage. With his trademark psychological acuity and empathy, Parker creates a world of fully realized characters coping with obsession and loss. The winner of two Edgars for best novel, Parker could well earn a third with this compelling effort. 6-city author tour. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Robbie Brownlaw was an ordinary member of the San Diego Police Department until he was tossed out a sixth-floor window at the Las Palmas Hotel. His survival, and the minor celebrity status that followed, helped propel him through a series of promotions to become the youngest homicide detective on the SDPD. Garrett Asplundh was also a member of the SDPD, rising to the rank of investigator for the city's Ethics Authority Enforcement Unit. Personal tragedies haunted Asplundh and led to his apparent suicide at the same landmark bridge where he had proposed to his now-estranged wife. Brownlaw is assigned to investigate Asplundh's death and discovers that the ethics investigator had stumbled upon dirty secrets about some of the city's highest-ranking civic leaders-secrets that may have led to his murder. Parker's (Laguna Heat) 13th novel provides a nice blend of hard-boiled police procedures and an intimate look at the lives of the men and women behind the badges, although keeping up with the large cast of characters can be challenging. Recommended for most fiction collections.-Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

"Deftly plotted, gracefully written ." -- Kirkus Reviews
"Parker's best to date..Very highly recommended." -- Bookreporter.com
"An entirely engrossing and unforgettable tale." -- Rocky Mountain News
"Lively well-paced writing..A cut above the average mystery fare." -- Pittsburgh Tribune
An entirely engrossing and unforgettable tale. --Rocky Mountain News
Parker s best to date. Very highly recommended. --Bookreporter.com
A good story well told by a gifted writer at the top of his game. --San Diego Union-Tribune
Delivers on all levels, as a mystery and a study of the depths of cruelty to which people can sink. --Orlando Sentinel
A wonderful story with compassionate characters, plenty of action, thoughtful deduction and a shocking rationale for murder. --Sunday Denver Post
Deftly plotted, gracefully written . --Kirkus Reviews
Smart and thrilling...Parker has imagination to burn...Crisp and elegant sentences keep the pages turning. --Toronto Star
Lively well-paced writing. A cut above the average mystery fare. --Pittsburgh Tribune
T. Jefferson Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California. --Chicago Tribune
(Parker) writes with intelligence, style and sensitivity, and he belongs in the first rank of American crime novelists. --Washington Post
"Lively well-paced writing....A cut above the average mystery fare."--Pittsburgh Tribune
"A good story well told by a gifted writer at the top of his game."--San Diego Union-Tribune
"A wonderful story with compassionate characters, plenty of action, thoughtful deduction and a shocking rationale for murder."--Sunday Denver Post
"Delivers on all levels, as a mystery and a study of the depths of cruelty to which people can sink."--Orlando Sentinel
"(Parker) writes with intelligence, style and sensitivity, and he belongs...in the first rank of American crime novelists."--Washington Post
"An entirely engrossing and unforgettable tale."--Rocky Mountain News
"T. Jefferson Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California."--Chicago Tribune
"Parker's best to date....Very highly recommended."--Bookreporter.com
"Deftly plotted, gracefully written ."--Kirkus Reviews
"Smart and thrilling...Parker has imagination to burn...Crisp and elegant sentences keep the pages turning."--Toronto Star

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