Engrossing, well-written police procedural set in Orange County, California. Features a female sergeant investigating a series of crimes that begins with the puzzling murder of another policeman's wife. Author won an Edgar for "Silent Joe."
great book, read it very quickly
Detective Marci Rayborn is back. Very good read!
My favorite author, writes about the southern California scene. Good book.
The third and hopefully not the last in the Merci Rayborn series. Parker once again spins a tangled web that is less about mystery and more about the characters affected by it. I hope we haven't seen the last of Detective Rayborn, but if this was it, it was a satisfying ending.
This is the 3rd in a series. It is a real page turner. T. Jefferson Parker is another James Patterson or Michael Connelly. If you like them you will like T. Jeff.!
A beautiful young woman is dead in the bathroom of her home. Her husband-a promising young cop named Archie Wildcraft-is shot in the head, but still alive. It looks like a murder/suicide, but something tells Detective Merci Rayborn there's more to the story. When the suspect vanishes from his hospital bed, he draws Merci into a manhunt that leaves the entire department questioning her abilities and her judgement. Is Archie's flight the act of a ruined mind, or a faithful heart? Is his account of the night his wife was murdered half-formed memory, or careful manipulation? Merci and Wildcraft head for a collision in a dizzying succession of cryptic clues, dangerous secrets, and painful truths.
Liked this book, however, there are several places of just repeat and repeat and that can be skipped it doesn't add anything as it is just repeat, then there are places where the female cop has 'time' with her son and if Parker was trying to make it 'cute' he didn't, I found it to be irritating and add nothing to the storyline and that part can be skipped, but overall it is a good book.
The beautiful young woman is dead, her husband, a young cop, is shot in the head but is still alive. It looks like an attempted murder/suicide. Is it?
Detective Merci Rayborn investigates a shooting. Was it a attempted double homicide or an attempted murder suicide,....or possibly a set up to look like a murder suicide? This novel is a complex drama of murder and redemption. "Fast-paced and engrossing!"
great, fast moving suspense story
MURDER, CAT AND MOUSE THRILLER, FAST PACED
I enjoy mysteries by T. Jefferson Parker.
It's a slow read, but a good story. Not much action.
Merci Rayburn returns! One great thing about T. Jefferson Parker is his creativity... Unlike many other mystery writers, he rarely stays with the same characters from novel to novel - with the exception of female homicide dick Merci Rayborn. Although I would like to read the further adventures of "Silent" Joe Trona, having a third Merci novel is acceptable, too. ;-)
This was my first T. Jefferson Parker novel but definitely not my last. This author writes terrific mystery novels that keep you guessing until the last page. Merci Rayborn was convinced her partner, Archie Wildcraft, did not kill his wife and turn the gun on himself. She sets out to prove what really happened. Archie eascapes from the hospital to prove to himself that he didn't do this horrible thing. Many twists and surprises. Really wonderful book.
A really great book, fast-paced.
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I recently discovered this author and am working my way through his books. I just finished Red Light. Black Water features many of the same characters in Red Light. Black Water is a real page turner - I can't wait to finish it and am looking forward to ordering more books by T. Jefferson Parker.
This is another great read! For fans of T.J. Parker you will love it. Marci keeps climbing the ladder of command.
I started this thinking it might not be that good; but it was, very good!!
Good story, likeable characters. Really, really hard to put this one down. It kept me up until 4:00 a.m.