By T. Jefferson Parker
(HarperTorch, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060562373, 416pp.)
Publication Date: January 2006
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The times, they are a-changin' . . .
The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no more -- unrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The new decade has brought about the end of the orange groves and the birth of suburban sprawl. It is the era of Johnson, hippies, John Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war. Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And the decapitated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.
A hideous crime has touched the Beckers in ways that none of them could have anticipated, setting three brothers on a dangerous collision course that will change their family -- and their world -- forever.
And no one will emerge from the wreckage unscathed.
T. Jefferson Parker won an Edgar Award for California Girl and received the Edgar and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for his novel Silent Joe. His other novels include Cold Pursuit, The Fallen, and Storm Runners. Mr. Parker lives in Fallbrook, California.