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Title:
The blue hour
Author:
Parker, T. Jefferson.
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Edition:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Hyperion, [1999]

©1999
Physical Description:
359 pages ; 25 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786862887
Format :
Book

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Summary

Summary

The "ace suspense writer" ("Chicago Tribune") returns with an explosive new thriller that pits an unlikely team of detectives--who become an even more unlikely pair of lovers--against a ruthless serial killer.


Author Notes

Novelist T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976, and initially worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. While writing for the Daily Pilot, he won three Orange County Press Club Awards.

His first novel, Laguna Heat, was made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. His other works include The Triggerman's Dance, Where Serpents Lie, The Blue Hour, Red Light, and Cold Pursuit. Silent Joe and California Girl won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Silent Joe also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller.

When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and playing tennis. He enjoys diving, snorkeling, and travel. (Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Tim Hess retired from the Orange County Sheriff's Department a year ago, before they found the tumor and took out two-thirds of his right lung. Now he's back as a full-time consultant. He must find a serial killer dubbed the Purse Snatcher by the media. Hess is paired with Merci Rayborn, an ambitious second-generation cop. This mismatched pair have only the slightest bit of forensic evidence, so they turn to a former FBI profiler and even conduct an unsettling "background" interview with a sexual predator who may be able to offer insight into the motive of the killer. Once again, veteran Parker draws us deeply into the lives of those immersed in the dark side of humanity, as either perpetrators or cops. Parker will keep you up one night reading and awake three more cowering under the covers, waiting for the bogeyman. --Wes Lukowsky


Publisher's Weekly Review

This blast from Parker's past is as fresh today as when first published a decade ago. The plot may be familiar-a seemingly mismatched cop duo searches for a shrewd serial killer-but the spin the author gives it is as original and surprising as his characters. Tavia Gilbert is particularly on target in giving voice to the ambitious, over-achieving young detective in charge of the investigation, Merci Rayborn. Gilbert begins with a brusque, abrasive approach that softens slowly as Merci comes to appreciate and even love her partner, Tim Hess, a 70-year-old, recently retired cop undergoing cancer treatment. Gilbert's vocal treatment of Hess isn't quite as successful. She captures his sense of professionalism and confidence, but does not convey his age and weariness. She uses subtle but effective changes to distinguish the rest of the cast, saving her better interpretations for two of the detectives' prime suspects-a credible European accent for a creepy Romanian former sex offender, and a sarcastic tone for an obnoxious self-styled "golden boy" who thinks of himself in the third person as Big Bill Wayne. She also adds her own enhancement to Parker's uniquely thrilling and poignant finale. A Hyperion hardcover. (Nov.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Parker serves up another Orange County, CA, police procedural, this time pairing retired expert cop Tim Hess with brash young detective Merci Rayborn. They're an unlikely team fighting a nasty serial killer who abducts wealthy, attractive women, eviscerates them, and then apparently saves their bodies. What is even more unlikely is that a 70-year-old retiree fighting lung cancer could take orders from and work effectively with an ambitious woman half his age. But not only do they work well togetherÄthey find themselves falling in love. Parker's seventh thriller (after Where Serpents Lie, LJ 1/98) has enough chills and twists to keep the pages turning, but the real story here is the surprising love match that Parker manages to pull off with realistic characters and true emotion. This will be another hit for Parker's fans and will appeal to Michael Connolly's as well. Recommended for all fiction collections.ÄRebecca House Stankowski, Purdue Univ. Calumet Lib., Hammond, IN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.