By T. Jefferson Parker
(William Morrow, Hardcover, 9780060562366, 384pp.)
Publication Date: October 2004
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California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences, ranging from Richard Nixon to Timothy Leary.
For the Becker brothers, however, the past is always present -- and it comes crashing back full force when the body of the lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange-packing plant. The Beckers and the 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 unique way, tries to find Janelle's killer.
As suspects multiply and secrets are exposed, the three Becker brothers are drawn further into the case, deeper into the past, and closer to danger.
“Grabs the reader in a stranglehold of poignancy and suspense that doesn’t let up until the final page.”
-New Mystery Reader
“Evocative. Delicately crafted.”
“A piercing piece of storytelling.”
-Reviewing The Evidence
“California Girl is wound tight as a spring and filled with characters you won’t soon forget. Parker is superb.”
-Janet Evanovich, #1 New York Times bestselling author of TEN BIG
“Love, lust, murder, betrayal…brilliant.”
-New York Times
“The book is a gripping, atmospheric saga…wonderfully evokes its time and place. California Girl is an unforgettable book.”
-Wall Street Journal
“Drum-tight prose and richly layered characters.”
“A man much praised doesn’t need more encomiums; but T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets.”
-Los Angeles Times
“One of the most entertaining tough-guy writers.”
-Wichita Falls, TX, Times Record News