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

Physical Description:
359 pages ; 25 cm
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Central Library X Adult Fiction Central Closed Stacks
Alden Ewell Free Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
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Concord Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Grand Island Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Hamburg Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Lancaster Library X Adult Fiction Mystery/Suspense
Williamsville Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf
Audubon Library X Adult Fiction Open Shelf

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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

The plot may sound familiar, but surehanded thriller writer Parker (Where Serpents Dance) proves ever-surprising in his latest novel, the story of an unusual pair of police protagonists and a serial killer stalking beautiful women in California's Laguna County. Tim Hess is a retired cop, fighting lung cancer, who's called back to active duty to find the diabolical killer who "signs" his murders by eviscerating his victims. His boss and partner in the investigation is an attractive, brusque detective named Merci Rayborn, who quickly dismisses the lone suspect in the case, a paroled, chemically castrated Romanian rapist living under virtual house arrest in an apartment complex near the latest crime scene. Hess stays on the rapist's trail, though, tracking an embalming machine that may be part of the killer's bizarre m.o., but by the time the clues come together, Merci is in murderous hands. Parker places his building blocks with meticulous precision, balancing the feisty yet somewhat melancholic interaction between Hess and Rayborn with a terrifying portrait of a psychopath, although the physical relationship between the two cops does seem a bit forced. The details of the crime are presented with judicious authority as Parker consistently underplays the more sensational aspects of the homicides to keep the narrative unpredictable and dynamic, making it far more gripping than the average serial-killer thriller. Author tour. (May) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

A psychotic serial killer and a respected, dying cop and his obstreperous young partner are the main elements of this gripping crime novel. Tim Hess tries to maintain normality in a body full of deadly chemicals fighting cancer; ambitious Merci Rayborn has, unfortunately, acquired no personal skills to accompany her brains and her ambition; and, finally, the inhuman "Purse-Snatcher" leaves the guts of beautiful women in their purses for the police to find. Richard McGonagle gives an expert performance: Merci's angry staccato expletives, Tim's slower but no less compelling voice, and the chillingly crazy ruminations of the perpetrator are all believable. McGonagle keeps your attention throughout the predictable plot and vicious crimes. For larger mystery collections.ÄJuleigh Muirhead Clark, John D. Rockefeller Jr. Lib., Williamsburg, VA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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