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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (624 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: T. Jefferson Parker Narrator: Tavia Gilbert Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2009 ISBN:
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Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentence - his own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her....
Together, they must track down a psychopathic killer who's been abducting beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County. Dubbed the Purse Snatcher for the chilling way he brags about his shockingly distinctive crimes, he is one of T. Jefferson Parker's most original creations. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michelle | 1/12/2014

    " wow! Really interesting crime story but great main characters. The crime storyline carried me along but the characters themselves were stories almost on their own, and I really enjoy that. I've become a huge Michael Connolly fan and this reminded me a bit of his work. I'd definitely be looking into the next book in this series. The ending of this book brought a shocking character twist that makes me want to continue on, no matter what the next crime/suspense plot is. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elaine Bergstrom | 1/7/2014

    " The one thing Parker does, beyond writing a bang-up noir thriller, is do his homework on his backstory. Here Hess, a retired detective, is put back on the force partly as a favor so he can collect benefits while he goes through chemo for cancer, a situation Parker describes as well as he does a crime scene. Hess is teamed with Merci Rayburn, a young female detective who lacks many social skills, and the two of them are soon on the trail of a serial killer. This was the book that had me hooked on Parker. He writes of the humanity behind the gun with a perfect pitch of emotion and of Hess's illness as if he has gone through it himself. Wonderful! "

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

    " This was a very fun police procedural. It managed the neat trick (SPOILER ALERT) of letting you get inside the mind of the killer and still have the identity of the killer be a surprise. Moreover the policework elements seemed realistic; I really like long books like this because there is enough time for the plot to be complicated, and the acts of detection--running down leads, check facts, looking for clues--are given the time and space to feel difficult. I intend to continue the Merci Rayborn, Tim Hess series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sylvette | 12/28/2013

    " What a great story... what a disgusting ... I don't have words for that monster! And what a sad ending!!! Great read!!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elijoh | 12/27/2013

    " pretty good quick read but i was kind of annoyed at the end "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Richard Evans | 12/27/2013

    " Good read. I read the Kindle edition. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Sandy | 12/5/2013

    " I made it half-way through and then gave up. The characters were 2-dimensional, tension was built by flat expressions of rage, and the murders were almost gratuitously gruesome. Erk. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Michelle Eichten | 12/4/2013

    " I could not get into this book at all!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 10/31/2013

    " I started out not liking the main characters (Hess and Merci) but then got completely drawn in by them and ended up loving 'em. Very interesting crime/case, though the "solve" didn't totally make sense and seemed a bit unlikely. Great ending; always liked being surprised by an author's path! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mindy | 10/12/2013

    " I love cop stories and this is a good one :) "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 10/9/2013

    " Another good read from a talented mystery writer. A bit grisly but with a page-turning intensity. If you like Michael Connelly, this is your guy. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherry | 5/6/2013

    " this book totally creeped me out- a serial killer is kidnapping women from mall parking lots and murdering them, leaving only their purses at the scene. first merci reybourne book- won't be the last i read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joan | 12/31/2011

    " Very long. Some of the best character development I have ever read. The characters are very real. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jon | 10/27/2011

    " I really like this author. This was one of his best. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 10/2/2011

    " Very good. Reads faster on Kindle. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nelta | 9/15/2011

    " First book I have read by this author and was not disappointed.....excellent writing and the characters drew you into their story....I will read more of the Merci Rayburn .... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristy Worden | 7/7/2011

    " Yes, the yuk factor is high, but the writing and story were well done. I'll be looking for another to aee what happens to Merci ... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie Collins | 1/10/2011

    " Very suspenseful, will look for more from this author "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Melani | 3/7/2010

    " Meh, it was ok. Mercy is really NOT a likable character. Don't think I'll read the following two books in the series "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 2/20/2010

    " Enjoyed this book; reading more of his. "

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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

Tavia Gilbert, an acclaimed narrator of more than four hundred full-cast and multivoice audiobooks for virtually every publisher in the industry, is an eight-time nominee for the Audie Award and the recipient of seventeen Earphones Awards, a Voice Arts Award, and a Listen-Up Award. With frequent inclusion on best of year and annual top ten lists, she is a trusted and increasingly sought-after actress for work across every genre, from children’s and YA, to literary fiction, nonfiction, and genre fiction. Audible has named her a Genre-Defining Narrator: Master of Memoir, and Library Journal said of her, “as close as you can get to a full-cast narration with a solo voice.” She is a producer, singer, photographer, and a writer, as well as the cofounder of a feminist publishing company, Animal Mineral, with fiction and nonfiction focusing on relationships, love, and identity.