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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (796 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Jefferson Parker Narrator: Patrick Lawlor Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: May 2017 ISBN: 9781543610987
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A different world then, a different world now…California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, and strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences including Richard Nixon and Timothy Leary.

But for the Becker brothers, the past is always present and it comes crashing back when the body of the lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange packinghouse. The Beckers and Vonns have a history, beginning years ago in high school with a rumble between the brothers of each clan.

But boys grow up. Now one Becker brother is a cop on his first homicide case. One’s a minister yearning to perform just one miracle. One is a reporter drunk with ambition. And all three are about to collide with the changing world of 1968 as each brother, in his own special way, tries to find Janelle’s killer.

As the suspects multiply and secrets are exposed, the Becker brothers are all drawn further into the case, deeper into the past, and closer to the danger.

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  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Phyllis | 2/9/2014

    " Next by T J Parker. Takes place in 1968, so the tumultous history (riots at Democratic convention, 2 assassinations) of that year was about to happen. It interweaves two families in Orange County in which one member is killed and the other family tries to find the killer. Richard Nixon and Timothy Leary figure in the story. I guess I didn't like this book very well because I didn't like the characters.... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Mary Selzer | 2/3/2014

    " Did not finish. Was unable to gain my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina | 1/30/2014

    " This was one of those gritty mystery novels. It was better written than some of those mass produced mystery series. I really liked reading about California in the 1960s, when there were still oranges in Orange County. This one really had me guessing who did the crime, and the ending has a bit of a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wilhelmina | 1/19/2014

    " An above-average mystery set mainly in the late '60s in southern California. The family interactions and the drugs-sex-and-rock-and-roll atmosphere made this a compelling story, but it isn't one that will resonate with me for long. A perfectly good read, but not great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Btr | 1/17/2014

    " This book is a departure for me in terms of genre. Overall, the author does a good job of keeping the mystery alive. Based on the publisher's description, I was expecting the book to feel a bit more 70's. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 1/3/2014

    " Loved it until the end. It was unsatisfying. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Holly West | 11/27/2013

    " Loved this book. The plot is multi-layered and nicely woven together. Not an easy thing to do. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 11/18/2013

    " yeah, mystery-wise this was kind of lame. the characters weren't bad. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jflahive | 9/1/2013

    " Another great contemporary who-dun-it set in Orange County, CA by one of my favorite authors...I met Jeff and had him sign my copy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill Tillman | 7/12/2013

    " Real mixed bag on this one, cute with historical tie-ins. Too many clues, if you cannot pick out who done it, duh. This was Mystery Book of the month, we tore it apart put it back together and said we liked it in spite of its flaws. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maureen | 3/28/2013

    " Fun mystery. Enjoyed the California girl although I felt the character of the California girl was not as well developed as it could be. She did stick with me though so must be more a a developed character than I initially thought. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 3/26/2013

    " The ending is obvious from the start, but it's a great ride getting there. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amanda Evans | 12/29/2012

    " Not impressed, definitely glad I didn't pay much for it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 9/11/2012

    " Although this is basically a murder mystery, it was much more. It follows 4 brothers from the 50's to the present. You get a feel for California in the 60's and 70's: LSD, Nixon, McCarthyism, Vietnam etc. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie Maskus | 8/23/2012

    " Read for Mystery Book Club 11/2005 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 5/7/2012

    " Good book. While not atypical, a bit different than many of Parkers books. Parker paints a familiar Orange County picture.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cassandra. | 2/7/2012

    " One of the first books I read by T. Jefferson. Great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathy | 10/6/2011

    " Enjoyed this immensely. I live in Orange County so it's particularly fun to read Parker's novels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 7/12/2011

    " What I liked about this Orange County mystery is how much more complicated the detective work becomes when the detective's entire family knew the victim. Of course throwing in Charles Manson, Timothy Leary and a groovy drive-in church adds to the intrigue. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Nancy | 5/31/2011

    " Not my favorite and I devour Jeff's books. Will not continue reading this book at this time. Too many other good reads await. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marlu | 5/24/2011

    " A tediously slow read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary | 3/31/2011

    " Characters come to life and you want to know what happens next, good mystery, good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 3/6/2011

    " Very good read. Took you back to 1954 I drove past the old SUNBLESST packing house today..... I was hooked. A great writer up there with Burke & Connelly. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anne | 2/24/2011

    " The ending is obvious from the start, but it's a great ride getting there. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 12/15/2010

    " Good book. While not atypical, a bit different than many of Parkers books. Parker paints a familiar Orange County picture.... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kitty | 9/24/2010

    " When a decapitated body is discovered, Nick Becker, detective is called. But the victim is someone he knows from childhood. His brother, Andy, is the reporter assigned to the story. Very convoluted tale of tracking down the surprising killer. Lots of family dynamics involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Randy | 9/7/2010

    " A summer time hammock mystery that's readable but not great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paige | 8/12/2010

    " surprisingly good and deeper than I expected it to be. Liked it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dayna | 7/7/2010

    " Loved it until the end. It was unsatisfying. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 April | 7/2/2010

    " yeah, mystery-wise this was kind of lame. the characters weren't bad. "

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About the Author
Author T. Jefferson Parker

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of over twenty novels and a three-time winner of the Edgar Award. His many other novels include Cold Pursuit, The Fallen, and Storm Runners. Formerly a journalist, Parker lives with his family in Southern California.

About the Narrator

Patrick Lawlor, an award-winning narrator, is also an accomplished stage actor, director, and combat choreographer. He has worked extensively off Broadway and has been an actor and stuntman in both film and television. He has been an Audie Award finalist multiple times and has garnered several AudioFile Earphones Awards, a Publishers Weekly Listen-Up Award, and many Library Journal and Kirkus starred audio reviews.