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The Border Lords (Charlie Hood Series #4)

The Border Lords (Charlie Hood Series #4)

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by T. Jefferson Parker, David Colacci
     
 

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Charlie Hood searches for an undercover agent who has disappeared, only to resurface in a haunting series of bizarre and inexplicable video tapes. The trail leads Charlie into the fevered landscape of America's southern border and the unexplored depths of humanity's dark soul.

Overview

Charlie Hood searches for an undercover agent who has disappeared, only to resurface in a haunting series of bizarre and inexplicable video tapes. The trail leads Charlie into the fevered landscape of America's southern border and the unexplored depths of humanity's dark soul.

Editorial Reviews

Marilyn Stasio
Parker is a connoisseur of the macabre, and even at their most absurd, his fantasies are always madly entertaining.
—The New York Times
From the Publisher
**A Three-Time Winner of the Edgar Award**

"Parker glides from novel to novel, usually taking us in unexpected new directions. If you're interested in the best of today's crime fiction, he's someone you should read."
The Washington Post

"Parker displays his knack for creating captivating characters and his unabashed passion for California lore. Only two other authors-Dick Francis and James Lee Burke-have won the Edgar for best novel twice. Don't be surprised if Parker is on his way to a third."
Booklist (starred review)

"Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California."
Chicago Tribune

"As always with a Parker novel, the characters are superbly drawn, the California landscape is evocatively portrayed and the exceptional prose swings from lyrical to hard-boiled."
Associated Press

"No writer can match Parker when it comes to character and mood, and in The Renegades he has fashioned a masterpiece of postmodern noir. Here is a brilliant craftsman and storyteller at the height of his powers."
Providence Journal

"If there's a better mystery writer around...well, there isn't."
San Diego Union Tribune

"Parker's characters are compelling and well drawn, and his plot propels them through busy sequences filled with surprising turns."
Wall Street Journal

"LA Outlaws introduces one of the most enticing heroines in recent American crime fiction. . . . All of Parker's skills are on display here: vivid writing, strong characters, clockwork plotting, agonizing suspense and, finally, an ending that manages to be just right. LA Outlaws is popular entertainment at its most delicious."
Washington Post Book World

"The devil is very much present in this troubled landscape, and he's the ultimate shape-shifter, as Parker has so adeptly proven with his Charlie Hood titles. Parker's dark and gritty series takes readers beyond the drug war headlines, personalizing the toll it's taken on our souls. Series fans will devour this sequel to Iron River."
Library Journal

"In the fourth of his ambitious Border series (Iron River, 2010, etc.), Parker pits veteran agent Charlie Hood against errant good guys, vicious bad guys and maybe something in the paranormal guise. An excess of subplots softens the middle a bit, but this is a rich book, packed with action, violence, love, lust, flashes of wit, moments of poignancy and the occasional sharp geopolitical insight. Despite 17 novels ranging from first-rate to extraordinary, Parker has somehow managed not to become a household name, which means enough of you aren't trying."
Kirkus

Kirkus Reviews

In the fourth of his ambitious Border series (Iron River, 2010, etc.), Parker pits veteran agentCharlie Hood against errant good guys, vicious bad guys and maybe something in the paranormal guise.

Blowdown, the ATF operation aimed at coping with nonstop wickedness sourced south of the border, is not exactly overmatched, but Charlie is unsettled. He senses a day of reckoning. Entrepreneurial no-goods like the remorseless Carlos Herredia make formidable enemies. In defense of a flourishing drug trade, his well-armed, well-trained minions will murder at the drop of a sombrero, and it worries Charlie that close friend and colleague Sean Ozburn has been undercover among them longer than is feasible. And then suddenly there is tangible evidence suggesting Sean might have gone over, evidence persuasive enough to shake even Seliah, Sean's loving and endlessly loyal wife. The fact is Sean's behavior has undergone a sea change. He says and does things that to Charlie—to Seliah as well—seem wildly out of character, so much so that theidea of demonic possession occurs at least fleetingly to all three. "Maybe we're really not normal people," a panicky Sean says to his wife. Meanwhile internecine warfare between cutthroat gangs has intensified, catching Sean in the middle. The southern border becomes a killing field as barbarian chieftains struggle for ascendancy, while to Parker the war itself becomes a metaphor for a civil society struggling to survive. An excess of subplots softens the middle a bit, but this is a rich book, packed with action, violence, love, lust, flashes of wit, moments of poignancy and the occasional sharp geopolitical insight.

Despite 17 novels ranging from first-rate to extraordinary, Parker has somehow managed not to become a household name, which means enough of you aren't trying.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781423379225
Publisher:
Brilliance Audio
Publication date:
01/11/2011
Series:
Charlie Hood Series, #4
Edition description:
Unabridged
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.60(d)

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
**A Three-Time Winner of the Edgar Award**

"Parker glides from novel to novel, usually taking us in unexpected new directions. If you're interested in the best of today's crime fiction, he's someone you should read."
-The Washington Post

"Parker displays his knack for creating captivating characters and his unabashed passion for California lore. Only two other authors-Dick Francis and James Lee Burke-have won the Edgar for best novel twice. Don't be surprised if Parker is on his way to a third."
-Booklist (starred review)

"Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California."
-Chicago Tribune

"As always with a Parker novel, the characters are superbly drawn, the California landscape is evocatively portrayed and the exceptional prose swings from lyrical to hard-boiled."
-Associated Press

"No writer can match Parker when it comes to character and mood, and in The Renegades he has fashioned a masterpiece of postmodern noir. Here is a brilliant craftsman and storyteller at the height of his powers."
-Providence Journal

"If there's a better mystery writer around...well, there isn't."
-San Diego Union Tribune

"Parker's characters are compelling and well drawn, and his plot propels them through busy sequences filled with surprising turns."
-Wall Street Journal

"LA Outlaws introduces one of the most enticing heroines in recent American crime fiction. . . . All of Parker's skills are on display here: vivid writing, strong characters, clockwork plotting, agonizing suspense and, finally, an ending that manages to be just right. LA Outlaws is popular entertainment at its most delicious."
-Washington Post Book World

"The devil is very much present in this troubled landscape, and he's the ultimate shape-shifter, as Parker has so adeptly proven with his Charlie Hood titles. Parker's dark and gritty series takes readers beyond the drug war headlines, personalizing the toll it's taken on our souls. Series fans will devour this sequel to Iron River."
-Library Journal

"In the fourth of his ambitious Border series (Iron River, 2010, etc.), Parker pits veteran agent Charlie Hood against errant good guys, vicious bad guys and maybe something in the paranormal guise. An excess of subplots softens the middle a bit, but this is a rich book, packed with action, violence, love, lust, flashes of wit, moments of poignancy and the occasional sharp geopolitical insight. Despite 17 novels ranging from first-rate to extraordinary, Parker has somehow managed not to become a household name, which means enough of you aren't trying."
-Kirkus

Meet the Author

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of fourteen previous novels, including Storm Runners and The Fallen. Alongside Dick Francis and James Lee Burke, Parker is one of only three writers to be awarded the Edgar Award for Best Novel more than once. Parker lives with his family in Southern California.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
Fallbrook, California
Date of Birth:
December 26, 1953
Place of Birth:
Los Angeles, California
Education:
B.A. in English, University of California-Irvine, 1976
Website:
http://www.tjeffersonparker.com

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