The Fallen

The Fallen

by T. Jefferson Parker
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The Fallen by T. Jefferson Parker

A good cop, Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a sixth-floor window of a downtown hotel and miraculously survived. The traumatic incident left Robbie with a fast-track career in the San Diego P.D.'s Homicide division . . . and a rare neurological condition that enables him to see people's emotional words as colored shapes—green trapezoids of envy, red squares of deception . . .

Another good man lies dead in a blood-splattered Ford Explorer—an ex-cop-turned-ethics investigator whose private life was torn open by unthinkable tragedy. Whether Garrett Asplundh's death was suicide or murder isn't immediately apparent—but it's soon clear to Robbie and his smart, tough partner, McKenzie Cortez, that Garrett had hard evidence of sex, scandal, and corruption spreading deep into local government. But pursuing the truth could prove more emotionally devastating than Robbie ever imagined.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062103413
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 12/27/2011
Pages: 464
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.40(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.


Fallbrook, California

Date of Birth:

December 26, 1953

Place of Birth:

Los Angeles, California


B.A. in English, University of California-Irvine, 1976

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Fallen 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
aquilagold More than 1 year ago
I plucked a surprise off the library shelf. I didn't know the author and it looked like just another cop/mystery - a book on tape to pass the miles. From the first words it plopped me in the middle of San Diego's seamy, political underbelly. This is a work of fiction but the author didn't have to use much imagination, he just put fictional characters in a bag of real-life headlines shook it and served it up. It makes you think twice about living in a corrupt city that sweeps its garbage under a beautiful carpet to keep the public image of paradise. With the book you get two-for-one - pulp fiction escapism and a cautionary tale.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was looking forward to reading my first T. Jefferson Parker novel especially as it came so highly rated with unanimous 5 stars. To me, the book was a yawn. I didn't care about the protagonist, the victim nor any of the characters in between. There was no action, no suspense, no drive. I didn't care who did it. I'm glad this was a bargain book. There's plenty of other great books out there. Pass on this one.
Anonymous 3 months ago
T is one of a handful of great caring and sensitive authors out there My only complaint is that there aren't MORE oof his books to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Looks around sadly.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He runs in. "Azula?! Are you here?! Yia!" He exclaims, running over to his daughter. "Im so glad you are here..."
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Help me destroy Jag
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why...* she hangs her head*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
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TexasCowboy More than 1 year ago
A complete story, but it leaves you wanting more. You will want to see if the primary person in the book will appear in a sequil.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this novel, it was a great mystery. The main character, Robbie Brownlaw, was one the best characters I've read about this year. The mystery itself, the murder of an ethics cop, was top-notch. The minor characters were real and vibrant just like Robbie's color that he saw due to his systhensia. His gift/illness makes him a better detective and he needs it with all the twists and turns that this murders takes. The ending surprised me but it was a great read.
GailCooke More than 1 year ago
Two-time Edgar Award winner T. Jefferson Parker (California Girl, Cold Pursuit, Black Water) well knows how to pen a can't-put-down mystery. His psychological insights serve to flesh out his characters, rendering them believable, next door real. With The Fallen we meet Robbie Brownlaw, a San Diego homicide detective, who suffers (or benefits, as the case may be) from synesthesia, a neurological disorder that enables him to not just hear voices but see the speaker's emotions by means of colored shapes. For instance, when someone talks to him he may not only hear words but also see a yellow square, a red circle, etc. Thus, he is quite able to tell whether a person is telling the truth or not. He has what he refers to as a primitive lie detector. He's assigned to investigate the death of Garrett Asplundh, an apparent suicide. But. Brownlaw and his partner, McKenzie Cortez don't buy this explanation. Asplundh had left the San Diego Police Department to become an ethics investigator, looking into the activities of city employees. Despite the fact that he'd recently suffered a great personal loss, why would Asplundh take his own life. More likely it was murder, but who and why? Parker limns San Diego as few can. Voice performer David Colacci has a host of audio books to his credit. As he puts it, narrating is 'the opportunity to totally live in the world of the story.' And, that is the gift he gives his listeners. Sit back and enjoy! - Gail Cooke
Guest More than 1 year ago
Synkinesia has many forms. After being thrown out a 6th story window, Robbie Brownlaw survives and now has the ability to see words accompanied by colors and shapes. Red squares indicate deceptive lies, green triangles envy, yellow happiness. This is particularly useful in his job as a homicide detective as he investigates the death of an ethics inspector and and attempts to separate truth from deceit both in his professional and crumbling personal life. An excellent story with strong characters and a nimble plot. The neurological condition of synkinesia is fascinating and Parker does not belabor it in this story but uses it as a very unique tool to advance his tale. I highly recommend this book to all.
harstan More than 1 year ago
San Diego homicide detective Robbie Brownlaw suffers a head injury that causes his senses to go out of whack. He suddenly can see the colors of someone¿s emotions when he or she speaks. Adjusting to his new world is not easy until he begins logically to work out the patterns. Soon Brownlaw becomes adept at reading people especially knowing when they lie.------ Back on the job, he and his partner, McKenzie Cortez investigate the murder of San Diego Ethics Authority Enforcement Unit investigator Garrett Asplundh, who was executed while waiting to meet with his estranged wife. Apparently Asplundh discovered major corruption amongst government officials and local financiers that made the investigator a prime target with numerous enemies all whom were motivated to see the victim eliminated. Robbie and McKenzie wonder who would actually resort to homicide.------ This is a terrific police procedural starring a cop recovering from a terrible head trauma adjusting to a radical change in his senses while also struggling in his failing relationship with his wife. The story line strikes a fabulous balance as the investigation provides insight into the victim¿s not so stellar life and into the Brownlaw¿s personal side to include his wife and his sensorial adaptation on top of a strong inquiry. Far from falling, T. Jefferson Parker is rising to the top of the sub-genre with his latest Brownlaw case.------ Harriet Klausner
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lion cub.....i forget how to spell his name ill know by tomorrow
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The pretty lioness pads in. A gazzelle in her jaws as and offering to the pride. May I join? She asks her brown eyes glowing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bound in. 'Himynameismary!ilikezebras!doyoulikezebras?huhhuhhuh?'((im not gone but am making a new lion because i wasnt that active i had too many rps and i am trying to restore my activeness to what it was. ~kishans rper)) P.S red...hornet... in ...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
He mewled in protest, buried benath a mound of cub fur.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Walks in
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The lioness pads in.