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L.A. Outlaws Hardcover – February 5, 2008
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- Publisher : Dutton; 1st edition (February 5, 2008)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 384 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0525950559
- ISBN-13 : 978-0525950554
- Item Weight : 3 pounds
- Dimensions : 6.25 x 1.25 x 9.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #200,562 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.