Jeff T. Jefferson Parker
Books
A Thousand Steps
Then She Vanished
The Last Good Guy
Swift Vengeance
The Room of White Fire
Crazy Blood
Full Measure
The Famous and the Dead
The Jaguar
The Border Lords
Iron River
The Renegades
L.A. Outlaws
Storm Runners
The Fallen
California Girl
Cold Pursuit
Black Water
Silent Joe
Red Light
The Blue Hour
Where Serpents Lie
The Triggerman’s Dance
Summer of Fear
Pacific Beat
Little Saigon
Laguna Heat
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A THOUSAND STEPS

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Matt is sixteen, broke, and never sure where his next meal is coming from. Mom’s a stoner, his deadbeat dad is a no-show, his brother’s fighting in Nam . . . and his big sister Jazz has just gone missing. The cops figure she’s just another runaway hippie chick, enjoying a summer of love, but Matt doesn’t believe it. Not after another missing girl turns up dead on the beach.

All Matt really wants to do is get his driver’s license and ask out the girl he’s been crushing on since fourth grade, yet it’s up to him to find his sister. But in a town where the cops don’t trust the hippies and the hippies don’t trust the cops, uncovering what’s really happened to Jazz is going to force him to grow up fast.

  THEN SHE VANISHED

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What if the client who's hired you can't be trusted...and the woman you're looking for doesn't want to be found? With Then She Vanished, three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times-bestselling author T. Jefferson Parker delivers a new and pulse-pounding thriller.

Private Investigator Roland Ford has taken a job for a fellow Marine and a rising politician, Dalton Strait. Strait is contending with unexplained bombings of government buildings in his district...but that is not why he hired Ford. Strait's wife, Natalie, has gone missing, leaving behind a cryptic plea for help. Strait has made many enemies during his time in politics--including some of his own family members--all of whom could be looking for revenge.

 

THE LAST GOOD GUY

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In this electrifying new thriller from three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestseller T. Jefferson Parker, Private Investigator Roland Ford hunts for a missing teenager and uncovers a dark conspiracy in his most personal case yet.

When hired by a beautiful and enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, private investigator Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. He is soon swept up in a web of lies and secrets as he searches for the teenager, and even his new client cannot be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist--and, finally, to the girl herself.

  SWIFT VENGEANCE

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A chilling letter promises a reign of terror and vengeance.

A CIA drone operator fears for her life and her son’s.

A private investigator races against the clock to save his friend—and maybe his city.


Private Investigator Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene. His troubled friend Lindsay Rakes is afraid for her own life and the life of her son after a fellow flight crew member is killed in brutal fashion. Even more terrifying is the odd note the killer left behind

THE ROOM OF WHITE FIRE

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A young soldier escaped from a mental institution.

A P.I. carrying his own wounds hired to track that soldier down.

A race against the clock to bring the soldier home before he reveals the secret that could destroy him.


Roland Ford—once a Marine, then a cop, now a private investigator—is good at finding people. But when he’s asked to locate Air Force veteran Clay Hickman, he realizes he’s been drawn into something deep and dark. He knows the weight of war, having served as a Marine in First Fallujah; he also knows the nightmare of indescribable personal pain, as only two years have passed since his young wife’s sudden death.

  CRAZY BLOOD

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The Carson dynasty rules the ski resort town of Mammoth Lakes in the Sierra Nevada Mountains in California. Founded by patriarch Adam, the town is the site of the Mammoth Cup ski race-a qualifier for the Olympics. But when Wylie Welborn, Adam's illegitimate grandson, returns after a stint in Afghanistan, it reopens a dark moment in Carson family history: the murder of Wylie's father by his jealous and very pregnant wife, Cynthia. Her son Sky, born while his mother was in prison, and Wylie are half-brothers. They inherit not only superb athletic skills but an enmity that threatens to play out in a lethal drama on one of the fastest and most perilous ski slopes in the world.
 

FULL MEASURE

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Patrick Norris has seen the worst that Afghanistan has to offer–punishing heat, bitter cold, and buddies blown away by bombs and snipers. He returns home exhilarated by his new freedom and eager to realize his dream of a sport fishing business. But the avocado ranch his family has owned for generations in the foothills of San Diego has been destroyed by a massive wildfire and the parents he loves are facing ruin. Patrick's dream will have to wait.

 
 

THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD

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Los Angeles County sheriff ’s deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the iron river that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The diamond fillings he wears in his left canine glimmer, distracting the men who sell the illegal firearms that enable the unspeakable violence on both sides of the map. Spotting the sparkle when “Charlie Diamonds” opens his mouth is often their first step toward life behind bars.
 



 

  THE JAGUAR

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Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that records the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have populated Mexican history for generations. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story—in music—and write “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.”



 

  THE BORDER LORDS

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ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover supporting the sicarios of the Baja Cartel when he suddenly goes completely dark, his only communications being the haunting digital videos he sends to his desperately worried wife, Seliah. Charlie Hood must determine if Oz is simply chasing demons deeper undercover than anyone has ever gone, or whether his friend has suffered a permanent break with his mission and his moral compass.




 

  IRON RIVER

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This time around, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river – the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren’t exactly ethical, but the lengths they’ll go to, and the innocent lives they’ll risk, are shocking even to Hood.




  THE RENEGADES

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Some say that outlaws no longer exist, that the true spirit of the American West died with the legendary bandits of pulp novels and bedtime stories. Charlie Hood knows that nothing could be further from the truth. These days he patrols vast stretches of the new American West, not on horseback but in his cruiser. The outlaws may not carry six-shooters, but they’re strapped all the same.



 

  L.A. OUTLAWS

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Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity ...




Storm Runners Storm Runners STORM RUNNERS

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Deputy Sheriff Matt Stromsoe has gone through hell and back, but now he's reclaiming his life, starting over as bodyguard to a lovely TV news reporter. Easy job, simple life. Everything above board, no secrets to keep. Yeah, right...




The Fallen The Fallen THE FALLEN

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Robbie Brownlaw is a San Diego homicide detective with a special gift, or curse, if you will. He has synesthesia and it allows him to tell, perhaps, when people are lying...




California Girl California Girl CALIFORNIA GIRL

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California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. But for the Becker brothers, the past is always present and it comes crashing back when the body of the lively and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange-packing plant. The Beckers and Vonns have a history, beginning years ago in high school and a rumble between the brothers of each clan...




Cold Pursuit Cold Pursuit COLD PURSUIT

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When wealthy, influential, patriarch Pete Braga is found beaten to death by his lovely young nurse, cops don't have to look hard for a suspect. Homicide detective Tom McMichael doesn't think the murder can be solved quite so easily, and he can't help but notice just how attractive Braga's former caregiver really is...




Black Water Black Water BLACK WATER

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Third in the Merci Rayborn series. A cop's wife is found dead, her husband's body beside her, injured but alive...




Silent Joe Silent Joe SILENT JOE

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A scarred man, out to avenge the death of the father he adored, is caught in a web of Southern California political intrigue...




Red Light Red Light RED LIGHT

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The second in the Merci Rayborn series. Two years have passed and Merci's still a dedicated detective, this time working hard for both her and her son...




The Blue Hour The Blue Hour THE BLUE HOUR

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Do you always check the backseat of your car before you get in? You should... First novel in the Merci Rayborn series. Tim Hess, a cop on the edge of retirement teams up with a newbie police officer, with much to prove...




Where Serpents Lie Where Serpents Lie WHERE SERPENTS LIE

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One man's obsessive quest to protect the innocent—while facing the guilt in his own past. Terry Naughton has come up against his share of heinous criminals in his years on the force—but nothing has prepared him for the Horridus, the brilliant madman who is terrorizing the children of Orange County...




The Triggerman's Dance The Triggerman's Dance THE TRIGGERMAN'S DANCE

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There were two men in Rebecca Harris's life: Joshua Weinstein—the tough, dark, passionate, Jewish FBI agent she was engaged to; and John Menden—the blond, WASP, slick newsman who was her lover. Both men silently knew of the other's existence in Rebecca's life—and each hoped that when she made her ultimate decision between them, he would be the chosen one. Now they must become allies to solve her murder...




Summer of Fear SUMMER OF FEAR

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It's a scorching California summer, and cop-turned-crime-writer Russ Monroe has stumbled onto the hottest story of his career. A vicious serial killer is massacring entire families, leaving once-peaceful communities paralyzed with fear...




Pacific Beat PACIFIC BEAT

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Two things you never do: kill a cop's wife or kill a cop's sister. Someone's done both, and Newport Beach is about to explode...




Little Saigon LITTLE SAIGON

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Amateur surfer Chuck Frye feels like a wipeout. He's the prodigal son of a powerful land baron—and suddenly, his life is about to receive a terrifying, life altering jolt when his brother's Vietnamese wife is kidnapped. Chuck's chance to prove himself soon becomes a harrowing, deadly adventure that takes him from lush oceanfront estates into the teeming, secretive maze of California's Vietnamese community...




Laguna Heat LAGUNA HEAT

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Tom Shephard, Laguna Beach's new homicide detective, is trying to rebuild a shattered career and recover his self-confidence as a lover. Laguna Beach, Orange County's wealthy, tennis and boat-loving resort, is chic and crime-free—until the 'Fire Killer' appears...


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