The Famous and the Dead: A Charlie Hood Novel [NOOK Book]

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From three-time Edgar® Award winner T. Jefferson Parker comes the explosive finale in his Charlie Hood series, which will bring together the destinies of three men caught between light and darkness....



Los Angeles County sheriff’s ...
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Overview

From three-time Edgar® Award winner T. Jefferson Parker comes the explosive finale in his Charlie Hood series, which will bring together the destinies of three men caught between light and darkness....



Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the illegal arms trade that flows across the U.S.-Mexico border. The sparkle of the diamond fillings he wears in his left canine distracts his task force targets and is often the first step toward a long stay behind bars.



Meanwhile, Bradley Jones—sheriff’s deputy, employee of the Baja Cartel, and son of the love of Charlie’s life—is expecting a son of his own. Bradley, supposedly descended from the famed Mexican outlaw Joaquin Murrieta, has reaped the rewards of his treachery, keeping a hoard of cash and jewelry in a secret lair on his property.



Charlie knows Bradley’s secrets, all of them; the question is what he’ll do with the information. But he still has to contend with the devilish Mike Finnegan, who flits in and out of the lives of his friends, knows things he should not know, is seemingly immortal, and delights in the havoc he wreaks in the orbits of everyone he touches....



All three are about to meet. But all will not survive....
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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
In the sixth and final volume of Parker's Charlie Hood series his hero is working undercover for the Feds and struggling to stop the flow of guns to Mexico. Undermining his efforts is Mike Finnegan, a former bath-fixture salesman who has turned gunrunner. Although Hood and his staff pose as cartel members during complicated sting operations, Finnegan's mysterious contacts enable him to transport 1,000 illegal guns into Mexico, a few of which are used to slay innocent civilians. The Feds hold Hood and his colleagues responsible. Meanwhile, the young L.A. deputy Bradley Jones must choose between upholding the law and working with the cartel while awaiting the birth of his first child. In the final chapters, Parker brings the series to a somber close. VERDICT Parker pulls it all together in a rather complex plotline that first-time readers might find confusing and slow-paced for a police procedural. But series fans will want this. [See Prepub Alert, 10/28/12.]—Jerry P. Miller, Cambridge, MA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101624180
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 4/18/2013
  • Series: Charlie Hood Novel , #6
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 83,298
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

T. Jefferson Parker
T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling and award-winning author of nineteen previous novels, including the Charlie Hood novels The Jaguar, The Border Lords, Iron River, and The Renegades. A three-time winner of the Edgar Award, Parker lives with his family in southern California.

Biography

One of the best loved crime writers of our time, T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all of his life in Southern California. The poster boy for Orange County, he enjoyed an almost idyllic childhood bodysurfing, playing in Little League, and enjoying family outings with his parents and siblings. He was educated in public schools in Orange County and received his bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. (He was honored in 1992 as the University's Distinguished Alumnus.)

His writing career began in 1978 as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering crime, city hall, and local culture for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. During this time, he filed away information he would later use to develop characters and plot points for his novels.

Published in 1985, Parker's first book, Laguna Heat, was written in whatever spare time he could find during his stint as a reporter. The book received rave reviews and was made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn.

Since that auspicious beginning, Parker has made a name for himself with smart, savvy bestsellers dealing with crime, life, and death in sunny Southern California. In 2001, he hit the jackpot with Silent Joe, a bittersweet thriller that won the Mystery Writers of America's coveted Edgar Award for Best Novel. In 2004, he repeated the feat with Califoria Girl, making him one of only two writers (the other is James Lee Burke) ever to have won two Best Novel Edgars. Among other honors and accolades, Parker has won the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller and the Southern California Booksellers Award for Best Novel of the Year. His books continue to score big on the national bestseller lists.

Good To Know

The "T" in Parker's name doesn't really stand for anything. His mother once told him she thought it would look good on the presidential letterhead!

In an interview with hardluckstories.com, Parker explained how his definition of noir has altered: "It seems to me that since 9/11 our appetites for darkness have shrunk a little. Mine have. I know that as a writer I've tried to bring more breadth and humanity to my stories. I think when all is said and done, a noir attitude is fine, but it's still just an attitude, a pose.

Parker's first wife, Catherine, died of a brain tumor at a very young age. He has since remarried happily.

In an interview with Harlan Coben, Parker was asked about the state of crime writing, i.e., what's wrong and what's right with it. "I think the Achilles heel of mystery/crime writing is character," he responded. "You have to have good characters—and sometimes I think mystery writers rely to heavily on plot and velocity of plot at the expense of characters."

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    1. Hometown:
      Fallbrook, California
    1. Date of Birth:
      December 26, 1953
    2. Place of Birth:
      Los Angeles, California
    1. Education:
      B.A. in English, University of California-Irvine, 1976
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  • Posted April 24, 2013

    The Famous and the Dead, a new novel by T.Jefferson Parker, I've

    The Famous and the Dead, a new novel by T.Jefferson Parker, I've  is easily the most disappointing book of Parker's
     books I've ever read.....and I've read them all upon first release.  I attended several book signings over the years and have read all of his books.

    When I buy a book of the crime/cop/thriller variety, I don't expect to read one in which the plot hinges on the fantasy/sci fi genres.  I prefer plausibility and some semblance of reality to mythology  That's why I stopped reading James Patterson about four years and fifty books ago...The inside dust jacket teaser provides a working
     hypothesis for you to work on and revises as necessary as you read merrily along on the veranda and I, of course, expect the ending with a clever/creative/original/ surprise.  As expected, there is an ending and ther is a twist, but veteran   readers of this qenre  will  immediately recognize  the mundane, tired, trite old ending that's been done many, many
    times before.  the bright spot in the book is Mary Kate Boyle.  Mr. Parker does a masterful portrait if Ms Boyle the snappy, quick-minded, unexpected dialogue.  I'd be very favorably disposed to see her as a main character 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2013

    Really....I just don't understand why TJP changed his writing

    Really....I just don't understand why TJP changed his writing format and went

    supernatural. As stand alone reading, the series is an unfilled mess. The plot would have been fine without the devils and angels, but stringing it out alas, Twilight and Harry Potter was nothing but an attempt to sell more books and string the unsuspecting read along.

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  • Posted April 30, 2013

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    This sixth novel in the Charlie Hood series brings it to a concl

    This sixth novel in the Charlie Hood series brings it to a conclusion, sort of. A lot of loose ends are wrapped up as the story meanders back and forth, recounting various topics from the illegal flow of guns and drugs along the U.S.-Mexican border to the accompanying cartel violence. And, of course, there is a final confrontation between and among Charlie, Bradley Jones and Mike Finnegan.

    The plot, such as it is, follows Charlie’s work as an ATF agent working undercover to nab the men who buy and sell the illegal firearms which enable the escalating violence on both sides of the border. Meanwhile, Jones awaits the birth of his son and hopes to recapture the affection of his wife Erin. And Charlie, who knows all of Bradley’s secrets, has to decide what to do with this information. And his obsession with Mike Finnegan consumes him and can cost him his love, Beth.

    Written with the author’s straightforward, but somewhat dry, style, this concluding novel in the series is not a particularly easy or enjoyable read. It is slow, often repetitious, especially when past events are recounted. The characters, of course, have been and continue to be memorable. However, this reader, at least, had to struggle through the 371 pages and was not particularly enthralled by the conclusion. Probably the only reason to recommend the novel would because it brings a noteworthy series to a final end, by an author who is a craftsman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2013

    I am in school and do not have time to read this book.

    I am in school and do not have time to read this book.

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