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Swift Vengeance (A Roland Ford Novel) Paperback – June 25, 2019
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Returning hero and private investigator Roland Ford is on the trail of a mysterious killer who is beheading CIA drone operators and leaving puzzling clues at each crime scene. His troubled friend Lindsay Rakes is afraid for her own life and the life of her son after a fellow flight crew member is killed in brutal fashion. Even more terrifying is the odd note the killer left behind: "Welcome to Caliphornia. This is not the last." Ford strikes an uneasy alliance with San Diego-based FBI agent Joan Taucher, who is tough as nails but haunted by what she sees as the Bureau's failure to catch the 9/11 terrorists, many of whom spent their last days in her city. As the killer strikes again, Ford and Taucher dash into the fray, each desperate for their own reasons--each ready to risk it all to stop the killer from doing far more damage.
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“Roland Ford is a compelling hero: financially comfortable but not emotionally complacent, empathetic and equipped with the training and inclination to vanquish wickedness. Mr. Parker’s devotees should be well-pleased.”--Wall Street Journal
“Non-stop action…[T. Jefferson Parker’s] new series succeeds not only in entertaining but also in challenging readers to ponder the circle of vengeance unleashed by the Iraq war and America's seemingly endless war on terror.”—Associated Press
“Parker remains one of our finest novelists as well as mystery-thriller writers. And in Swift Vengeance, he has fashioned a powerful tale rich in both character and story that makes Roland Ford the modern-day equivalent of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee.”--Providence Journal
“Parker keeps quite a few balls in the air, skillfully steering us toward and away from a batch of possible killers while maintaining a twisty, relentless pace. As a result, his "Vengeance" is swift, indeed."—Minneapolis Star Tribune
"This is one of those rare novels--so cinematic and exciting with vivid characters to care about--that I could not help casting every role as I raced through pages. Hollywood should grab it now!"—Joseph Wambaugh
“Terrific...The hunt for Caliphornia is suspenseful, the backstory behind the threats is disturbingly horrible, and the denouement is scary and satisfying. Parker deepens the narrative with musings on Ford's life, the horrors and ambiguities of the war on terror, and the fine line between justice and vengeance.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“Three-time Edgar Award winner Parker delivers another superb, fast-paced noir thriller. Readers of C.J. Box will enjoy the strong character development, while T.C. Boyle fans will appreciate the story line and the atmospheric California setting.”—Library Journal (starred review)
“[Roland Ford] is a kick-ass warrior with a heart of gold...Parker's writing is sharp, and each character in the extended cast is unique and finely nuanced despite the super-fast-paced narrative...This is quintessential California noir.”—Booklist
“Prolific Parker’s impressive prose and skill in sketching concise character portraits makes his complex follow-up to The Room of White Fire an all-too-believable page-turner.”—Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
- Publisher : G.P. Putnam's Sons; Reprint edition (June 25, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0735212708
- ISBN-13 : 978-0735212701
- Item Weight : 8 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.12 x 1.04 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #188,111 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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I do not have as short attention span, but suddenly,I realize that I'm bored with minutiae, repetition, etc. and start merely glancing at pages just to stay on track. This is easy, because nothing of significance is going on.
About 100 pages from the end the story get's interesting again.
Unfortunately, a strong ending is destroyed by a totally unbelievable aspect. To whit, the FBI rolls over & let's a group of untrained persons who can only get in the way, run the show. Seems like it was a literary device to keep all of the characters in at the end. I thought Parker was above this.
The genre is police (here, FBI-) procedural but with a lot of backstory on PI Ford (a former Jeff Parker character) and on several of the other figures in the novel. Just to remind: Roland inherited a mountain estate including rental casitas from his wife who died tragically in a plane crash. His estate includes a number of renters who are always up for a challenge. A little homage to the Baker Street Irregulars; Roland refers to them, explicitly, as his Irregulars.
JP lives in Fallbrook, the principal setting of the novel and that setting, along with nearby San Diego are beautifully realized in the story. In one of the jacket blurbs C. J. Box refers to JP as the ‘poet of American crime fiction’. I might save that line for James Lee Burke or William Kent Krueger, but JP is definitely poetic and the novel is sparked, at points, by heartbreaking lines of simple but telling beauty.
The plot is very linear without gobs of mystification and blind alleys. There is the perfect blend of character, plot and setting, such that one cannot say that one of the elements dominates. The ending brought tears to my eyes. I always love dogs; watch here for an Italian mastiff named Zeno—a little homage to Burke’s Pansy in the Andrew Vachss novels, perhaps. You’ll want to adopt him.
Highly recommended; don’t miss this one.
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The closing scene is particularly well constructed and I look forward to seeing Roland back in his third outing very shortly.