The Famous and the Dead
By T. Jefferson Parker
Dutton Books, Hardcover, 9780525953173, 371pp.
Publication Date: April 18, 2013
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Los Angeles County sheriff 's deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the illegal arms trade that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The sparkle of the diamond fillings he wears in his left canine distracts his task force targets and is often the first step toward a long stay behind bars.
Meanwhile, Bradley Jones--sheriff 's deputy, employee of the Baja Cartel, and son of the love of Charlie's life, the deceased L.A. outlaw Suzanne Jones--is expecting a son of his own. Suzanne was descended from famed Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta, whose embalmed head Bradley inherited from her and keeps nestled among piles of cash, proceeds from Bradley's own life of crime.
Charlie knows Bradley's secrets, all of them; the question is what he'll do with the information. But he still has to contend with the devilish Mike Finnegan, who flits in and out of the lives of his friends, knowing things he shouldn't, seemingly immortal, delighting in the havoc he wreaks.
All three men are about to meet. But all will not survive.....
"Ambitious, daring...brilliant."--The Associated Press
"T. Jefferson Parker has burgled the crumbling palace of Edgar Allan Poe for inspiration."--The Wall Street Journal
“Parker, the winner of three Edgar awards for crime fiction, again delivers a tale that is not only well-plotted and suspenseful, but subtle, surprising and endearingly perverse.” – Washington Post
"T. Jefferson Parker has carved out a niche for himself as the Hemingway of thriller writers...His writing is a wonder to behold." - Providence Sunday Journal
Praise for T. Jefferson Parker:
"If you're interested in the best of today's crime fiction, [Parker's] someone you should read."--The Washington Post
"Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern Caifornia."--Chicago Tribune
"The Charlie Hood novels are nothing less than addictive."--Tucson Citizen
"The most groundbreaking crime series in decades."--St. Louis Post-Dispatch
"This is gripping literary entertainment with a point."--Los Angeles Times
"Some of the finest writing you'll ever read."--Chicago Sun-Times
"No writer can match Parker when it comes to characters and mood. [Parker] is a brilliant craftsman and storyteller."--The Providence Sunday Journal