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The Renegades (Charlie Hood Series #2)

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  • Posted October 26, 2009

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    "A greedy mind is satisfied with no amount of gain." Proverb

    "The Renegades" is a follow up to Parker's "L. A. Outlaws." Charlie Hood returns after the shooting and internal affairs investigation of the earlier book. He asks for a more quiet assignment and receives the Antelope Valley Division.

    When he and Terry Laws are out on a call, Terry is killed by a man with an automatic weapon. Hood knows that there were rounds left in the gun and wonders if the gun jammed or did the shooter want to leave him alive for some reason.

    Internal affairs reassigns him to their unit so he can lead the investigation into Laws' killing. It doesn't take long before Charile finds that Laws was a crooked cop. He was living beyond his means, set up a bogus charity and deposited $7,200/weekly into his account.

    Laws and Coleman Draper arrested Shay Eichrodt, supposidly because he just killed two couriers. There was $340,000 in the man's trunk. Laws and Draper left a little for evidence and brought the rest over the border to Mexico to the head of the cartel. Then they began recieiving their payoff each week.

    This novel was an enjoyable read but not up to the standard of "L.A. Outlaws." In my opinion, the author assumed that the reader knew of Charlie's background so didn't spend a lot of time with character development. There were also confusing times when Charlie would be talking and the dialogue would go from first person to third person.

    Coleman Draper's portrayal was nicely done. At times, he seemed sincere and honorable but at other times he didn't hesitate to take a life or order someone killed. It seems that the author is telling us that as in real life, his antagonist can have good qualities as well as evil ones.

    The author is one of only three people to have won the Edgar Award for Best Mystery Novel more than once. The other two people on the list are James Lee Burke and Dick Francis, nice company.

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  • Posted April 27, 2009

    Worth reading!

    Main character was outstanding and original!

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  • Posted February 16, 2009

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    A Big Step Down from "LA Outlaws"

    From his outstanding debut with "Laguna Heat", Parker's been one of my favorite authors. In my opinion as an LA County resident he has an uncanny ability to capture the moods, nuances and settings of Southern California that's matched by very few; Michael Connelly, James Elroy, Chandler, perhaps one or two others.<BR/><BR/>LA Outlaws was a terrific book, with vivid and captivating characters just oozing noir excitement.<BR/><BR/>Unfortunately, this follow-up featuring Charlie Hood from the previous book doesn't quite make the grade. The previous book was completely dominated by Allison Murrietta - a descendant of the famed outlaw Juoaquin Murrietta - who died at the end of that work. This book centers on her paramour LA Deputy Sheriff Charlie Hood, who is not nearly as interesting a character; bland and pretty two-dimensional. None of the other characters are as interesting, either. By comparison, this is a pretty blah offering.<BR/><BR/>Pretty standard fare regarding drug running and money laundering; little tension or excitement; few action scenes; scant psychological suspense.<BR/><BR/>I will give it props for exploiting the SoCal landscape, though a very promising setting in the Llano del Rio ruins in the Antelope Valley had a lot more potential than I think was really explored.<BR/><BR/>But again, the main problem here is that I simply don't think the character of Charlie Hood is very interesting or complex. Certainly not enough to center a continuing series on.<BR/><BR/>Three stars. Mildly entertaining, but far from being his best work. Ultimately pedestrian.

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