THE BLUE HOUR (1999)
Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentencehis own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her. Together they must track down a psychopathic killer dubbed the "Purse Snatcher" for the chilling way he brags about his shockingly distinctive crimes, abducting and murdering beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County.
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Jeff Parker on THE BLUE HOUR
I wanted to do an homage to RED DRAGON, which is one of the best crime novels ever written. So I started it on a beach with a detective coming out of retirement, just like Harris did. After that the similarities pretty much end. It becomes a story of impossible love, courage, commitmentand of differing opinions about how a monster can be caught. At the time I was writing, the so-called Megan's Law was being implemented at local levels, so there were lots of neighborhood scares where molesters and rapists were revealed to be living right out there with the rest of us. I took this idea and wondered what it would be like to be a guy finishing out his sentence, only to have the neighbors discover who he is. Also, at the time I was writing this book, the California Assembly legalizedand in some cases mandatedchemical castration of sex offenders. So one of my characters, Matamoros Colesceauwho may or may not be responsible for some rather horrible thingsis undergoing chemical castration as the book opens. The hero, Hess, was based on my father. The other hero, who takes over the book, reallyis Merci Rayborn.
Hyperion US hardcover May 1999 ISBN 0786865598
Hyperion US mass-market paperback April 2000 ISBN 0786889691
Hyperion UK hardcover May 1999 ISBN 0786862882
HarperCollins UK mass-market paperback Oct 2000 ISBN 0006513697
Thorndike hardcover (largeprint) Sept 1999 ISBN 078622164X
Phoenix audio cassette Dec 2001 ISBN 1590400089
Audio Literature unabridged audio cassette May 1999 ISBN 0787119385
Audio Literature abridged audio cassette May 1999 ISBN 0787119350
Audio download available from Audible.com
One of Parker's bestand that's a major statement considering his track record.
If you're seeking a thinking man's bestseller, T. Jefferson Parker is the writer for you.
Washington Post Book World
Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page turner.
Los Angeles Times
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