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California Girl

Parker, T. Jefferson
Another great book! Nick Becker investigates the murder of Janelle Vonn in an abandoned orange packing warehouse back in the 60s. Lots of great California background, too. C. Manson wrote a song the Beach Boys used? How about that.

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The 428 cc would really go if you stood on it. (pg. 246) I think that should be "ci", for cubic inch.

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12/2009

Cold Pursuit

Parker, T. Jefferson
A San Diego old timer tuna boat captain and Ford dealership owner is murdered. Tom McMichael of the SDPD investigates. I say again, the author captures tragedy and love in his crafting of sentences. Ending was surprise to me.

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7/2009

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Iron Road

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood is on loan to the ATF guys to track down gun shipments to Mexico. Apparently he meet one of Satan's helpers (literally!), but nothing is resolved in this book. It will be interesting to see where the author goes with this storyline. Not great reviews on Amazon, but I enjoyed reading it, none the less.

So, we don't have no air defense in Southern California to track down a C-47 Chinook helicopter carrying a million dollars worth of guns to Mexico? Good to know!

Words I Had To Look Up:

zocalo (pg. 5) -- A public square or plaza.
narcotraficantes (pg. 5) -- Well, NOW it looks obvious. Drug dealers.
Cyclone GT (pg. 243) -- Huh, it's a Mercury, 1970 vintage. Never heard of that model.
El Verdugo, which means The Executioner (pg. 268) -- Well, that's what it means, all right.
Miramar Navy Base (pg. 348) -- It's Marine Corps Air Station, and has been for nearly ten years before this book was published.

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He'd seen old, and it looked like hell. (pg. 353)

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9/2010

L.A. Outlaws

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood gets mixed-up with Suzanne, a teacher, and Allison, an outlaw. And diamonds. Did you ever notice that when diamonds are involved, someone always gets killed?

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Lupercio stood on his back patio and watched the tumbleweeds shiver against the chain-link fence. Beyond the fence a dirt devil augured across the desert floor, then spun itself out. The sun hung red and wavering and his outdoor thermometer read 104 degrees. (pg. 115)-- Good ol' Adelanto, just as I remember it!

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8/2009

Storm Runners

Parker, T. Jefferson
Matt Stromsoe gets blown up, along with his family, by his childhood friend, gangster Mike "El Jefe" Tavarez. They are dead, and he lived. Now he is protecting a weather lady who is being stalked. Lots of great local color, especially the Fallbrook area and Charlie Hatfield, the rainmaker. So good I read it again! Or else I checked it out by accident and had nothing else to read...

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11/2009

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11/2010

The Border Lords

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood is still on loan to the ATF. An agent shoots up a safe house as he gets increasingly bizarre. And so does his wife. Hood figures out what is happening. That guy Mike is back with his weirdness. I weeped a bit at the end when Oz flew off into the west.

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2/2011

The Fallen

Parker, T. Jefferson
SDPD Detective Robbie Brownlaw has an unusual gift. Ever since he survived being thrown out of a six-story building, he sees colored shapes when people talk, indicating the emotional state. He is investigating a possible murder under the Cabrillo Bridge in Balboa Park.

I enjoyed this book very much, the San Diego locations rang true. There is so much sadness, though. Reading the author's biography, you see he has personal knowledge of extreme loss. It comes through in all the books of his I have read.

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7/2009

The Jaguar

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie and Bradley travel their seperate ways to rescue Erin in Mexico, who is held by a music-loving drug lord. Also, to teach Bradley a lesson...

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5/2012

The Renegades

Parker, T. Jefferson
Charlie Hood is a Los Angeles County Sheriff assigned to Antelope Valley. His partner is gunned down right in front of him. He finds out who done it. Good police story.

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We make our own luck. Character is fate. (pg. 77)

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6/2009

Hook, Line & Sinister

Parker, edi, T. Jefferson
Edited by T.J. Parker. Sixteen fishing/mystery stories by authors of which I have read several already. Some of the stories were pretty darn good, some I didn't care for.

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9/2016

Getting mother's body

Parks, Suzan-Lori
In 1962 Texas a Negro teen gets pregnant. Pretty good, interesting charactors.

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6/2006

Bridge To Terabithia

Paterson, Katherine
A charming story of a fifth-grade boy growing up, experiences with life and death. Two weeps. I thought I had read this already, but I think it was Jacob Have I Loved I read back when it was a television movie.

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10/2007

The Same Stuff As Stars

Paterson, Katherine
April fills as parent to her little brother Bernie in place of their negligent mother Verna and jailed father. When Verna drops the children off at their estranged great-grandmother's farm April meets a mysterious man with a telescope who tells her about the stars. I enjoyed this book very much.

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12/2012

The Curious Charms Of Arthur Pepper

Patrick, Phaedra
A charming story about a British man who is coming up on the first anniversary of his wife passing away. I really liked it a whole bunch.

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6/2018

The Higher Power Of Lucky

Patron, Susan
Lucky lives in a very small town (pop. 43) in the high desert of California. When her mother died her father's first wife was appointed Guardian. Lucky has never met her father (as far as she knows). She runs away during a desert sandstorm, but all turns out well. A very good little book. I teared up a bit at the end.

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4/2010

Alex Cross, Run

Patterson, James
I characterized this book as being one where the author's name on the cover was much larger than the title, but I'm wrong. I CAN say I felt creepy and slimy reading it. And I must admit I read it in one sitting.

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4/2015

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Patterson, James
Took me about two-hundred pages to get into it. Lots of action. One might say... too much action! Short chapters move things right along. Since NOTHING is resolved in this four-hundred and forty page story, I guess I shall have to read the next book in the series!

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11/2010

Middle School The Worst Years Of My Life

Patterson, James
Rafe, with the help of his friend Leo, decides to break every rule in the handbook. I wasn't too excited with this book until near the end when things are revealed that change everything.

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2/2012

Private

Patterson, James
With Maxine Paetro. Jack investigates the serial killing of a number of schoolgirls. Also, his friend's wife is shot to death. And, he keeps getting mysterious phone calls saying "You're dead". Oh, and he looks into professional football game cheating. Moves right along, but I lost track of who various characters were at points.

There are 124 chapters in 385 pages. Works for my short attention span!

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7/2012

Private Games

Patterson, James
With Mark Sullivan. A topical thriller about a psycho eking his, as it turns out, revenge on the London Olympic Games. I figured out the bad guy before the big reveal, much to my surprise. I also figured out that Patterson wrote the Alex Cross series that I read so many years ago it is not even in this list!

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8/2012
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