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This thriller from T. Jefferson Parker (The Fallen et al.) is not only fueled by an incredibly intricate and emotionally compelling story about a former police officer struggling to come to grips with the horrific murder of his wife and young son but also by powerfully moving allegory and imagery. With the diverse landscape of Southern California as a backdrop, water and all its symbolic incarnations (streams, rainfall, blood, teardrops, etc.) are at the center of this fascinating and unique tale of loss, vengeance, and ultimate rebirth.
After a bomb planted by a revenge-obsessed mobster inadvertently killed his wife and child, Matt Stromsoe quickly hit rock bottom. He quit his job, sold his house in Newport Beach, and retreated to the other side of the continent, where he promptly submerged himself in the bottle for two years. Eventually located by an old friend and owner of a SoCal security company, Stromsoe is offered a job working as a bodyguard for an attractive San Diego meteorologist who is being stalked, apparently by an overzealous fan.
Returning to Southern California, however, stirs up painful memories for the ex-cop -- and puts him squarely in the sights of the man who murdered his family, Mexican Mafia boss Mike Tavarez, who is serving a life sentence in Pelican Bay State Prison. Despite being behind bars, Tavarez is diligently plotting Stromsoe's demise -- and his first order of business is killing weatherwoman Frances Hatfield, who is perfecting a "moisture acceleration" system that could alter the landscape of Southern California forever…
As with 2006's The Fallen, Parker succeeds in creating a deeply flawed yet endearing protagonist whom readers will find themselves pulling for -- especially at the novel's wild and unanticipated conclusion. Paul Goat Allen