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Red Light (Merci Rayborn Novels Book 2) by [T. Jefferson Parker]
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Red Light (Merci Rayborn Novels Book 2) Kindle Edition

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Meet Sergeant Merci Rayborn of the Orange County (California) sheriff's office. She's honest, courageous, clever, determined, quietly desperate, and unforgettable. Introduced by Parker in 1998's The Blue Hour, she is still, two years later, destabilized by what happened to her back then: Her lover was murdered, and in a bloody battle, she gunned down the sociopath who killed him. At work now, she functions with her customary efficiency, but her heart is in deep-freeze, her emotional life comatose. When an exotic young call girl becomes a homicide victim, Merci catches the case. Almost from the first, it's disturbingly clear that the leading suspect will turn out to be a cop. Not just any cop, but Mike McNally, the one Merci's involved with, the one her inner woman has been counting on to wake Sleeping Beauty. The evidence accumulates, and no matter how she squirms to dodge the implications, Merci's investigation keeps pointing to Mikeand then, suddenly, not just to him but to other colleagues she respects and trusts, and finally to an ex-cop she loves: her father. Clinging to her sense of what matters most, Merci finally cracks her case, only to be confronted with choices painful enough to make her wish she hadn't. An admirably constructed police procedural that's also an unsparing examination of a gallant woman's search for a moral code worth the commitment. (Author tour)-- Copyright © 2000 Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved. --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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Parker's many fans met Merci Rayborn, the Orange County homicide investigator, in The Blue Hour, and will be happy to renew their acquaintance with her in Red Light. Although she's still mourning the death of her former partner Tim Hess, who fathered her 2-year-old son, her relationship with fellow cop Mike McNally is progressing nicely, and so is her career on the force. Then two murders, decades apart, come together in a way that shakes Merci's world both personally and professionally; two beautiful young prostitutes are both killed for what they knew and what they threatened to tell. Who's covering up the corruption in the department that led to the first murder? And was Merci's lover responsible for the second? Someone's sending Merci evidence that disappeared from the police locker years ago; did that same person frame Mike too?

Merci doesn't want to believe McNally's involved, but everything points to him. When she's forced to arrest him, everything she believes in comes in for a painful reexamination. And when her efforts to solve both killings lead inexorably back to where they started--to the department itself--she faces the most difficult challenge of all.

Parker is a masterful writer, with a sure command of the idiom, a fine sense of pacing, and more emotional depth than many of his colleagues. Fans will applaud this outing, and new readers will seek out his extensive backlist. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B009ON4AV4
  • Publication date ‏ : ‎ October 9, 2012
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • File size ‏ : ‎ 1125 KB
  • Text-to-Speech ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Screen Reader ‏ : ‎ Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • X-Ray ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Word Wise ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Print length ‏ : ‎ 384 pages
  • Lending ‏ : ‎ Enabled
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.3 out of 5 stars 277 ratings

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T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 23 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners &quot;Silent Joe&quot; and &quot;California Girl.&quot; Parker's next work is &quot;Swift Vengeance,&quot; in which San Diego PI Roland Ford leads the FBI to a terrorist attack.

Parker was born in L.A. and grew up in Southern California. He studied English at UC Irvine and worked as a newspaper reporter for five years while writing his first book, &quot;Laguna Heat&quot; on evenings and weekends. HBO made &quot;Laguna Heat&quot; into one of its first original television movies in 1987.

Although the &quot;T&quot; is part of his legal name it does not stand for a name. It is a decorative initial put there by his parents, who once told him they thought T. Jefferson Parker would look good on the White House door.

Parker lives in north San Diego County, and enjoys fishing, hiking and just about anything outdoors.

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