By T. Jefferson Parker
(Harper, Mass Market Paperback, 9780060562397, 400pp.)
Publication Date: January 2007
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A good cop, Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a sixth-floor window of a downtown hotel and miraculously survived. The traumatic incident left Robbie with a fast-track career in the San Diego P.D.'s Homicide division . . . and a rare neurological condition that enables him to see people's emotional words as colored shapes—green trapezoids of envy, red squares of deception . . .
Another good man lies dead in a blood-splattered Ford Explorer—an ex-cop-turned-ethics investigator whose private life was torn open by unthinkable tragedy. Whether Garrett Asplundh's death was suicide or murder isn't immediately apparent—but it's soon clear to Robbie and his smart, tough partner, McKenzie Cortez, that Garrett had hard evidence of sex, scandal, and corruption spreading deep into local government. But pursuing the truth could prove more emotionally devastating than Robbie ever imagined.
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.
“A good story well told by a gifted writer at the top of his game.”
-San Diego Union-Tribune
“A wonderful story with compassionate characters, plenty of action, thoughtful deduction and a shocking rationale for murder.”
-Sunday Denver Post
“An entirely engrossing and unforgettable tale.”
-Rocky Mountain News
“Delivers on all levels, as a mystery and a study of the depths of cruelty to which people can sink.”
“Smart and thrilling...Parker has imagination to burn...Crisp and elegant sentences keep the pages turning.”
“Lively well-paced writing.…A cut above the average mystery fare.”
“Deftly plotted, gracefully written .”
“Parker’s best to date.…Very highly recommended.”
“T. Jefferson Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern California.”
“(Parker) writes with intelligence, style and sensitivity, and he belongs…in the first rank of American crime novelists.”