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The gripping new standalone thriller from the critically acclaimed, award-winning author of 'California Girl' and 'The Fallen'. / A typically unputdownable new thriller from one of the US's masters of the gemre / Building on the worldwide success of 'The Fallen', and 'California Girl' to make Parker as well known here as he is in the US / Major promotional plans for mass market publication / Competition: Michael Connelly, James Lee Burke, Harlen Coben

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


In Southern California, as San Diego weather lady Frankie Hatfield puts it, "Rain is life!" Rain is also raw power in the land of avocadoes and sod farms. When Hatfield stumbles upon a family secret that allows her to control the rain, that discovery brings her unfathomable power with potentially deadly consequences. P.I. Matt Stromsoe is battling with his own demons-his wife and child have been murdered, and he's seeking redemption-and he willingly accepts an assignment to protect Hatfield. The case takes him from fragrant orange groves in the San Diego hills to the cold cement of Pelican Bay State Prison. Parker's trademark is the ability to create real characters-tangible, flawed, and heroic-and Stromsoe follows the tradition. Parker's latest success (following The Fallen) is an absorbing thriller that continues to nudge him nearer to the top of the genre. Recommended for all fiction collections. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 11/15/06.]-Ken Bolton, Cornell Univ. Lib., Ithaca, NY Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.

Praise for 'Storm Runners': 'A taut plot, plenty of action and strongly drawn characters make this the gripping read you'd expect from this master of the genre' Irish Independent 'A tense thriller with many twists and turns' Belfast Telegraph 'Shows why Parker ranks as one of the top contemporary suspense writers' Publisher's Weekly 'Superbly wrought... wonderful... Parker shares with F. Scott Fitzgerald the viewpoint that "character is action", which is what makes this author's fiction so intensely readable' Kirkus Review 'A swift plot, pitch-perfect dialogue, and deeply troubled characters who are impossible to forget' Booklist Praise for 'California Girl': 'Darkly nostalgic! powerful' Literary Review Praise for Jefferson Parker: 'A great writer! he's amazing' Lee Child 'Insanely imaginative' New York Times 'Parker has only one rival -- Thomas Harris' Washington Post 'One of our top writers' Harlan Coben 'Parker gets better and better' Literary Review

Bestseller Parker's 14th California crime novel opens with an unforgettable sentence: "Stromsoe was in high school when he met the boy who would someday murder his wife and son." The wife and son are both killed by a bomb meant for Matt Stromsoe, an Orange County detective on the trail of his former classmate, Mike Tavarez, now a leader of La Eme, the Mexican mafia. Tavarez goes to prison for life for the bombing, while the seriously injured Stromsoe, after a long recovery, takes a job guarding Frankie Leigh, a popular TV weather reporter in San Diego. Leigh has a stalker, who turns out to be employed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; the DWP wants Leigh-and her research on rainmaking-out of the picture. Parker (The Fallen) creates his usual interesting, multifaceted characters, though the plotting, which reconnects Tavarez with Stromsoe, is clunky. Still, the insights into La Eme and the science of rainmaking as well as the inevitable confrontation between the two principals show why Parker ranks as one of the top contemporary suspense writers. (Mar.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

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