California Girl

California Girl

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California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker, Patrick G. Lawlor

A different world then, a different world now...California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, and strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences including Richard Nixon and Timothy Leary.

But for the Becker brothers, the past is always present and it comes crashing back when the body of the lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange packinghouse. The Beckers and Vonns have a history, beginning years ago in high school with a rumble between the brothers of each clan.

But boys grow up. Now one Becker brother is a cop on his first homicide case. One's a minister yearning to perform just one miracle. One is a reporter drunk with ambition. And all three are about to collide with the changing world of 1968 as each brother, in his own special way, tries to find Janelle's killer.

As the suspects multiply and secrets are exposed, the Becker brothers are all drawn further into the case, deeper into the past, and closer to the danger.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781590869703
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/28/2004
Edition description: Unabridged, 8 Cassettes, 11 hours
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 7.40(h) x 2.63(d)

About 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.

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

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California Girl 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 20 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
California in the sixties must have been amazing. Parker takes you there and gives you a crime drama worthy of paying attention to. The characters are well developed and the entire book left me wishing the tale could keep going.
Frogbilli More than 1 year ago
This book was not a real page turner, but the depth of the plot kept me going just to see what was going to happen. Complex mix of characters made for a good read. Liked the mix of old and new cultures as the author followed the Vonn and Becker families through the 60's and all the changes in the Orange Co. Calif. area. It has a few surprising twists as it deals with the moral dilemmas the various characters. I'm looking forward to reading other books by this author to make a decision of I like this style of writing.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 1950s and 60s were a chaotic time, in a world that was undergoing tremendous social change, the youth of California were not unaffected. The story is about the Becker brothers, Nick (now a homicide detective), David (a Priest) and Andy (a journalist). The three boys are mentally transported back to relive their childhood when Nick is assigned, as his first case, the investigation of the beheading murder of Janelle Vonn, the younger sister of the violent Vonn brothers ¿ arch-enemies from the boy's childhood. Andy recognises that the story of the investigation could lead to his break into big-time journalism so follows the case closely. Janelle was abused by her brothers and Nick and Andy had helped her escape to start a new life, her escape caused a violent encounter between the two sets of brothers. David, Nick and Andy all investigate the case from different angles, occasionally co-operating and sharing their information. As secrets are revealed ¿ careers, lives and loves are threatened. Are the brothers able to solve the crime before they become victims of it? Parker is a very descriptive author, and has used powerful imagery to portray an investigation that is totally guesswork and hunch following, does not include computers and modern day forensic techniques. The era is well researched and brought back memories of events and fashions of the day. Parker even had well known `real' characters flitting in and out of the story, such as Richard Nixon was a friend of the Becker brother's parents. This is my first book by this author and I found his portrayal of the different characters to be meticulous, I felt that I knew them all personally by the end of the book. The plot was good, the characterisation was good and the writing was excellent.
harstan More than 1 year ago
The Becker and Vonn families share a history that goes back years starting when they rumbled in the old packinghouse because a member of the former threw a hat belonging to the latter to a dog. When the Beckers apologized for the incident, they noticed that five years old Janelle Vonn had a black eye. Years later Janette attended a sermon given by David Becker. Afterward she told David and his two brothers, police officer Nick and reporter Andy, that her siblings forced her to have sex with them............................ Nick was able to get her siblings arrested and the Becker clan tried to keep Janellee safe. Nick arrives at that same packinghouse to lead his first homicide investigation, the decapitation of Janellete. As he digs deeper, his two brothers feed him information, which leads to a suspect in Mexico. Across the border a shoot out occurs leaving eight dead and Nick severely injured. Still he thinks he has an open and shut case, but Andy thinks otherwise....................... CALIFORNIA GIRL is not the author¿s ultra dark and foreboding crime thriller though it is bleak, but instead is an intriguing police procedural. Readers come to know the goodness of the Beckers especially since the tale is predominantly told from the perspective of the three brothers (and the badness of the Vonns). This contrast turns into a two edge sword as the rivalry causes adrenaline pumping suspense, but the extremes are too simplistic; then again perhaps if the Vonns told the tale the magnetic poles would switch. T. Jefferson Parker provides an action packed cerebral crime thriller starring a trio of likable siblings........................ Harriet Klausner
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Pretty good...why did I wait to read this?
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was thoroughly entertaining and it is the best mystery thriller I have read in some time. It had consistent pacing and the suspence was unrelenting. Parker sets the scenery and mood of Orange County in such a way that I acually felt like I was there.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Orange County California is divided in the '60's between Nixon-loving crew-cut Republicans and beach bum hippies. Three brothers--a cop, a priest and a reporter--are thrust together to search for the killer of a childhood friend, a beauty queen who turns up murdered and headless. The secrets the brothers harbor begin to seep out as they try to solve the murder mystery. Highly recommended thriller!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I¿ve never read anything by T. Jefferson Parker before, so I didn't know what to expect. In the first third of this book, I was just overwhelmed with how sad it felt. Four brothers rumble with the brothers of another family among the disappearing orange groves of California, starting a life-long connection between the Becker boys and the sisters of the Vonn family. The book is told from the perspectives of David, Nick, and Andy Becker, and takes place mostly in 1968, after the brothers are grown and the fourth brother, Clay, is killed in Vietnam. Nick is a newly-assigned homicide detective, and his first case is the brutal death of the younger of the Vonn sisters, Janelle. Andy, a newspaper reporter, is the first on the scene. David, a charismatic preacher, counted Janelle among his flock. As each of the three brothers do their own investigation into the murder for their own reasons, it becomes clear that each has a connection to Janelle that makes him vulnerable to outside influence. Add Mr. and Mrs. Becker, deeply involved in the John Birch Society since Clay¿s death, and you have a paradigmatic family from 1968. Add LSD and bell-bottoms, a sugar-daddy legislator, the birth of televangelism, Charlie Manson and Tim Leary and Dick Nixon, and you complete the picture. Parker is so good with the details, I found myself chuckling and nodding: yes, in 1968 that would right. Each brother has to come to terms with his own relationship to Janelle, how it affects his immediate family and his career, and how far he will go to protect his secret. But other people have deeper secrets, and as each brother picks up more clues, the story unfolds, false suspects come and go, fatal shoot-outs ensue, and as ultimately, each brother does the right thing, the truth becomes clear. T. Jefferson Parker goes on my list of authors to read.
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Salutations.
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Hahahaaa no.