California Girl Author:T. Jefferson Parker The times, they are a-changin'... — The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no more -- unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The new decade has brought about the end of ... more »the orange groves and the birth of suburban sprawl. It is the era of Johnson, hippies, John Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war. Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And the decapitated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.
A hideous crime has touched the Beckers in ways that none of them could have anticipated, setting three brothers on a dangerous collision course that will change their family -- and their world -- forever.
And no one will emerge from the wreckage unscathed.« less
This is the first book of T. Parker's that I had read. I could hardly put it down even for those necessities of life. It was fun having CA treated like they always do in movies. That's what movies & books are for. When I was there it was beautiful but I could never live there. Too crowded and just about too much everything. I've read his other books as soon as they are published. Off to the bookstore.
While not the best, it is a good book in that it covers 30 years of the Becker's family and others too, but primarily the Becker's. The beheading of a teenage beauty queen we lived near the Becker's is the reason for the tale. It is a family tale and a murder mystery all rolled into one. I am always drawn to California books since I'm a native. The book took a little getting used to but eventually became one I could not put down. I have the paperback copy and an e-book edition which I read at work on breaks.