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L.A. Outlaws (Charlie Hood Novel) Paperback – February 3, 2009
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"No one does tough like T. Jefferson Parker, and this time tough equates to one Allison Murrieta, a combination of Robin Hood, Zorro, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Gloria Steinem. An amazing read." —Elizabeth George
"The irresistible antihero of this outstanding thriller from bestseller Parker (Laguna Heat) calls herself Allison Murrieta and claims to be a descendant of Joaquin Murrieta, a 19th-century figure who looms large in California folklore (he was either a ruthless robber and killer or an Old West vigilante and Robin Hood). By day, Allison is Suzanne Jones, an eighth-grade history teacher with three sons in Los Angeles; by night, she dons a mask, straps on her derringer and steals from the greedy. Beloved by the media, she never uses the gun; her victims are never sympathetic; and she gives part of her loot to charity. But while stealing diamonds belonging to a master criminal known as the Bull, she witnesses a gangland-style bloodbath at the hands of Lupercio, a ruthless assassin working for the Bull. As she’s leaving the scene of the crime, L.A. sheriff’s deputy Charles Hood stops her, and that’s when the plot gets complicated. The Bull wants his diamonds back. Lupercio knows Murrieta/Jones took them. Hood wants Jones to identify Lupercio. And the public wants to know who Murrieta really is. This tour de force of plotting and characterization may well be Parker’s best book." —Publishers Weekly
"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
“A spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.” —BookReporter
"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
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (February 3, 2009)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 448 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0451226119
- ISBN-13 : 978-0451226112
- Item Weight : 9.6 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.26 x 0.88 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #683,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Too many times, the flow of this story is broken by flashbacks of Suzanne/Allison’s ancestor, Joaquin Murrieta. They didn’t add anything to the story, just lengthened it and slowed it down unnecessarily. The same applies to the extra storylines involving Hood’s father.
And too many of the skills and connections the characters have appear a little too conveniently when they are needed.
I suspected the one bad guy early on, right after Parker dropped a clue to his identity that was a little too obvious.
Parker’s writing is a bit dismal and cynical in tone. The story is full of greed, liars, and brutality. Even when the storyline sounds hopeful, there’s an underlying sense of desperation, sadness, and failure.
The climax of the story was realistic but disappointing. And of the five chapters that follow, only two are really needed. Like the flashbacks, those unneeded chapters lengthened the story but didn’t add anything to it.
And a caveat: The description of Suzanne/Allison and Charlie Hood being on the run for their lives is a lie.
This story had the potential to be great, but it only reached okay. So, I may try another Charlie Hood book in the future, but I won’t seek them out.
And Amazon continues its amazing ability to tell me how many pages a book has on the website but can’t number the pages in the download.
OH GOD... and then there are the history lessons that have no barring... that go on for pages. Whomever the ghostwriter was... fire them.
Just after I read this book I saw a story about Joaquin Murietta on the History Channel and Parker's description of the events surrounding him and how he died were eerily close to the History Channel's. Hmmm.
That's one of the things I mean about working hard. If all the research you're going to do about gangs and the central historic figure is to watch TV, well, you're not going to come up with the best book ever.
The story itself, centering on Suzanne Jones, is okay. It won't keep you from being distracted in the airport/on the beach by probably anything at all. It won't keep you awake all night reading, probably the opposite (but there's a need for most of us to get more sleep anyway). It won't even be all that memorable. You know, as books are whose titles evoke not only the whole storyline but several word-for-word passages as well.
But how often do those books come around?
The most disappointing parts of the story are those that make police look inept, or that they don't have helicopters or warrants, and stings to uncover bad cops. I also didn't like the ease with which she defeated Lupercio and how Lupercio could be a heartless panther (WAR KITTEN?) with gang members and other well-armed and ruthless enemies but strangely inept with a schoolteacher and her young family, not once but several times. These episodes didn't exactly keep me on the edge of my seat.
Although he's one of my favorite authors, I'd recommend against buying this book in favor of his earlier ones. I did read the entire book which only meant that I must have been low on books.
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This Robin Hood like story has terrific villains and a cold-blooded assasin you do not want to meet under any circumstances.The female protagonist is unsympathetic.Maybe because I don't live in California,I don't feel a female armed robber,who is also a teacher,and mother to 3 children by 3 different fathers,car thief/hijacker,etc is someone I can support or cheer on.