Another good story from a master of words.
Love all of Parkers books! Great California scenery and good story lines.
I just finished tis book and enjoyed it a lot. I have read most of Parker's previous books, too.
I didn't like this book. Too slow.
Very well written - a murder mystery spanning over 30 years.
An excellent and unusually mature mystery novel. The story of three brothers who grew up in Orange County in the 70's-- one a priest, one a cop, one a reporter. The county beauty queen, who they all knew, is found decapitated and they're al somehow involved in the mystery.
Interesting read. Good character development and quite a cast of characters! Little hard to get into for me but well worth it.
I found this book hard too put down, and I really like this author.
Another wonderful book by a favorite of mine. This book spans 30 years and covers the lives of 4 brothers and the murder of a young girl they all knew. I loved this book. Very well done....
This guy just keeps getting better all the time. A very good mystery!
I loved this book! Brilliant epic tracing the lives of 4 brothers. The main plotline is regarding the murder of a young woman, interwoven with the social/cultural changes occurring in the 1960s in southern Califonia.
This story is not one of Parker's best. The best way to describe it is muddled. Character viewpoint is erratic and with little planning. The first of Parker's books where I almost chucked it in the trash.
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.
Would you believe.. 10 CD's? This story builds with an impressive family of four Southern California boys in the 70's. During the conflict of war these brothers grow up into three likable men who are deeply involved in the mystery of the unsolved death of the "California Girl". The first 30 minutes drag but BLAST OFF into a truly unique thriller. This one will definetly keep you guessing and hoping until the end. Worth the time 11 listening hours that builds as each hour ticks by.
Winner of the 2005 Edgar Award for Best Novel. The times, they are a-changin'...The Orange County, Calfironia, that the Becker brothers knew as boyd is no more---unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Voons, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. 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 Bekcers 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. An no one will emerge from the wreckage unscathed.
This was a great read evocative of the time and Orange County. Excellent characterization. Couldn't put it down.
GOOD FAST READ. INTERESTING ENDING
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.
I have not read this book.