IRON RIVER (2010)
If being consistently compared to Michael Connelly, Raymond Chandler and Dashiell Hammett by critics was not enough to convince you that T. Jefferson Parker writes “the best of today’s crime fiction” (Washington Post) – then his latest thriller, IRON RIVER, will.
Immersing his most beloved series character, Charlie Hood, (“indomitable Charlie is, as always irresistible” says Publishers Weekly) in the very real, dangerous and lawless place along the U.S.-Mexican border, Parker constructs the story of a group of lawmen whose job it is to stem the flow of illegal weapons feeding the drug cartel wars. In doing so, he gives us a window into the current problems law enforcement from San Diego to Corpus Christi face everyday.
Deputy sheriff Charlie Hood is sent to join the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force Operation Blowdown -- a mission to try and curtail the constant flow of money and guns across the U.S.-Mexican border. When a stakeout goes wrong and the son of the head of a powerful Mexican cartel ends up dead, cartel soldiers cross the border to take revenge on Hood and his team. The lengths they go to and the innocent lives at stake are shocking even to Hood.
Fast-paced and wholly original, IRON RIVER simultaneously spotlights Parker’s talents as a vivid story teller and brilliant crime writer and illuminates the complex and dangerous gun trafficking industry and a crucial issue of our day.
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Dutton Adult US hardcover January 2010