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. Nobody ever gets hurt - until... show more
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. Nobody ever gets hurt - until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an eyewitness - a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones - from leaving the scene in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison’s exploits swells to a fever pitch and the Southland’s most notorious killer sets out after her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to consume him completely. With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may signal the day their lies catch up with them.
Publish date: February 5th 2008
Publisher: Dutton Adult
Pages no: 372
Edition language: English
Series: Charlie Hood (#1)
Happily four and one-half stars…**** 1/2In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, the last sentence reads “My humble thanks to all of you.” T. Jefferson Parker is thanking his readers. What a guy!Parker is one of only three authors who have received the Edgar Award more than once with the ot...
I whipped through this one so fast it never even made it to my "currently-reading" shelf. After I got about 150 pages in, I could not stop reading it, and I finished it all in one blitz.This is a great suspenseful, edgy story, but kind of fun, too. I love that the main character is a kickbutt chic...