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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (725 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Jefferson Parker Narrator: James Daniels Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2004 ISBN: 9781597107075
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With the horrible remnants of a childhood tragedy forever visible across his otherwise handsome face, Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's territory—but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies. Will Trona is murdered, and Joe will stop at nothing to find out who did it.

Looking for clues as he sifts through the remains of his father's life—his girlfriends, acquaintances, deals, and enemies—Joe comes to realize how many secrets Will Trona possessed, and how many people he had the power to harm. But two leads keep rising to the surface: a little girl who was kidnapped by her mentally disturbed brother, and two rival gangs who seem to have joined forces. As Joe deepens his investigation—and as he is forced to confront painful events of his troubled childhood—these two seemingly disconnected threads will intersect. Just how and why form the crux of this intricate, intelligent mystery that satisfies the mind as well as the heart—and reveals yet again the impeccable detail, vivid characterization, and emotional complexity that make a T. Jefferson Parker novel impossible to resist.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of quirks and great surprises.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A pro, that’s what T. Jefferson Parker is. His plots are intricate, keenly crafted, clearly mapped.”

    Los Angeles Times

  • Winner of the 2001 Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Mystery/Thriller
  • A 2002 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel
  • A 2002 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2001 Los Angeles Times Best Book
  • Winner of the 2002 Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel
  • A 2001 Hammett Prize Finalist

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mary | 2/16/2014

    " Awesome book, has all the bells & whistles, loved Joe, no long drawn out descriptions, just what you need. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Genie | 1/28/2014

    " I love this writer's style. It is just effortless and smooth. His characters are flawed (literally or figuratively) but very believable. The story grabs you from the first sentence and it has so much going on in it, so many characters, so many side stories that you would think that you would get bogged down by the details. You don't. Mr. Parker masterfully weaves all the characters and side stories together so that they mesh and flow effortlessly to the final climax. There are no loose ends just a very satisfying end to a very well written book. This was my first book from this writer and I have been a fan ever since. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 1/25/2014

    " Joe Trona is a likeable protagonist. He's got a lot of family secrets, some good and some bad. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Erica | 1/16/2014

    " Definitely kept me guessing until the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cynthia | 1/4/2014

    " I thought this was a good detective story, well worth the read. At times the story line was somewhat convoluted, but the book overall had a rich atmosphere, good dialogue and interesting characters. It won an Edgar. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Virginia | 12/20/2013

    " I love all of Jeff Parker's books, but the character in this is unforgettable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marge | 11/30/2013

    " First book I've read by this author and this story was a young man whose face was scarred by acid is definitely a good read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 10/18/2013

    " This was the most I've enjoyd any of his books yet. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary G. | 10/13/2013

    " The book was slow start but good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mike | 9/12/2013

    " Disappointing. After reading the LA noir epic California Girl, I had high expectations for Parker's other Edgar award winner. In a word: meh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen | 9/6/2013

    " First book I read by this author some years ago. I couldn't put it down because I loved the character of Joe. Another one to reread. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brendan Detzner | 4/4/2013

    " Characters that act and talk like real people, interesting plot that's actually about something, a protagonist you haven't met before and want to spend time with, and no fat. Everything you want and hardly ever get all at the same time. Really good stuff. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine | 1/15/2013

    " This was a pretty good read. Though it helps the reader to understand Joe's character, his facial scarring was brought up a bit too much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Paul Greenberg | 7/20/2012

    " Edgar winner? Must have been a slow year. The kindle version I read was Loaded and I mean Loaded with typos. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 5/21/2012

    " I only read half of this book and gave up. It simply did not hold my interest. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elsa | 4/23/2012

    " Read this in two days couldn't put it down. good thriller "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sandra Klar | 2/7/2012

    " Yay! An old-fashioned mystery! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Blanco | 7/5/2011

    " My 2nd book by T Jefferson Parker and I truly enjoy his writing style. Most of his stories take place in Southern California and since I live on the Central Coast I recognize and relate to the locations. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 5/31/2011

    " Excellent as always. Joe is a great character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kay | 5/29/2011

    " Page-turning mystery ala Michael Connelly, set in LA, with a sympathetic narrator - flawed but very likeable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Barbara | 4/6/2011

    " Interesting, multi-plot (or so we're led to think) mystery with a likeable main character and deliciously unlikeable bad guys. "

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

    " Too bad we don't have 4 1/2 Stars. Agreat mystery. Loved Joe. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charles | 11/30/2010

    " Excellent read beginning to end. I think this is his best (that I have read) so far. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 6/22/2010

    " The book was slow start but good ending. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sarah | 3/8/2010

    " 3.5

    Good story about an young, acid-scarred detective trying to solve the mystery of his father. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 12/21/2009

    " When Joe starts digging into the past of his father, lets just say it's not what he was expecting to find. A very good story, deserving of the Edgar Award, in which it won. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 James | 11/10/2009

    " I only read half of this book and gave up. It simply did not hold my interest. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shu | 10/27/2009

    " Great mystery set in LA. Corruption in the local political system. Also, about a womanizer. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 6/2/2009

    " Very enjoyable mystery-better than average. Acid burned as a child, Joe Trona grows up as the adopted son of Will Trona, ex cop and now OC supervisor. Will is gunned down during a ransom exchange and Joe wants to get to the bottom of it. A good read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed | 6/1/2009

    " Joe Trona is a likeable protagonist. He's got a lot of family secrets, some good and some bad. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jan C | 5/30/2009

    " I had this book on my shelf for years. But I just couldn't get into it. And finally gave up on it. "

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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

James Daniels is a labor organization attorney who performed Shakespeare in London, received a Grammy nomination for his audiobook narration, and wrote the hard-boiled noir mystery Ghost Bride. He and his family live in the Midwest.