A new character for Parker, but really interesting. Another great read.
My first book by T. Jefferson Parker, but certainly not my last. An interesting character study of a "gifted" detective who can "see" the true emotions of others, friends and foes alike, through colored shapes as they speak. But more than that, it's simply a good who-done-it detective story where almost everyone has a motive for the murder the story revolves around. Worth the read.
Every time I read one of Parker's books I wonder why he isn't as well-known as say, James Patterson. He is a remarkable author in that his characters show depth and humanity, and his plotting is suspenceful and real. This is one of his best, IMHO. The premise is so fascinating, that the main character, a police detective, can see others' emotions, projected as colored shapes from their words--a neurological condition called synethesia.
I wanted this to turn into a series so I could continue to be involved in the lives of this protagonist and the cast of characters!
Parker is fast becoming one of my all-time favorites. The writing comes across in the easy flowing manner that only a master storyteller can deliver, and the plot and characters are first-rate. I hope this is the beginning of a series character, although that hasn't been Parker's M.O. all too often. Whether it's the start of what could be a great long-running series or another superb Parker one-shot, it's well worth reading.
I have read several of Parker's books before. This one is really an excellent police procedual with an odd twist---the hero sees emotions of what people are saying as colored shapes coming out of their mouths. That sounds "hokie," but really is well integrated with the story and I would heartily recommend this book!