T. Jefferson Parker Books

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T. Jefferson Parker is an American author of police procedurals set in South California. He was born in 1953 in Los, Angeles California and has lived in Southern California his entire life. He was named T. Jefferson Parker and apparently the T does not stand for anything, and his mother said it would appear good on the presidential letterhead. Parker went to public schools and graduated from the University of California with a bachelor’s degree in English. His writing career took off working as a journalist for The Newport Ensign. He later changed jobs to write for the Daily Pilot winning 3 Orange County Press Club Awards. It was during this time that he started writing his first novel Laguna Heat.

Order of Charlie Hood Series

# Read Title Published Details
1 L.A. Outlaws 2008 Description / Buy
2 The Renegades 2009 Description / Buy
3 Iron River 2009 Description / Buy
4 The Border Lords 2011 Description / Buy
5 The Jaguar 2012 Description / Buy
6 The Famous and the Dead 2013 Description / Buy

Order of Merci Rayborn Series

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1 The Blue Hour 1970 Description / Buy
2 Red Light 1999 Description / Buy
3 Black Water 2003 Description / Buy

Order of Roland Ford Series

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1 The Room of White Fire 2017 Description / Buy
2 Swift Vengeance 2019 Description / Buy
3 The Last Good Guy 2019 Description / Buy
4 Then She Vanished 2020 Description / Buy

Order of T. Jefferson Parker Standalone Novels

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1 Laguna Heat 1985 Description / Buy
2 Little Saigon 1988 Description / Buy
3 Pacific Beat 1991 Description / Buy
4 Summer of Fear 1993 Description / Buy
5 The Triggerman's Dance 1996 Description / Buy
6 Where Serpents Lie 1998 Description / Buy
7 Silent Joe 2001 Description / Buy
8 Cold Pursuit 2003 Description / Buy
9 California Girl 2004 Description / Buy
10 The Fallen 2006 Description / Buy
11 Storm Runners 2007 Description / Buy
12 Full Measure 2014 Description / Buy
13 Crazy Blood 2016 Description / Buy
14 A Thousand Steps 2022 Description / Buy

Order of T. Jefferson Parker Short Stories/Novellas

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1 Silent Hunt: Wyatt Hunt vs. Joe Trona (Short Story) ( With: John Lescroart) 2014 Description / Buy
2 Amazonia (Short Story) 2016 Description / Buy

Order of Suspense Magazine Series

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1 Suspense Magazine August 2010 ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
2 Suspense Magazine January 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
3 Suspense Magazine February 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
4 Suspense Magazine March 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
5 Suspense Magazine April 2010 ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
6 Suspense Magazine May 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
7 Suspense Magazine June 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
8 Suspense Magazine July 2010 ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
9 Suspense Magazine September 2010 ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
10 Suspense Magazine December 2010 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
11 Suspense Magazine January 2011 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2010 Description / Buy
12 Suspense Magazine February 2011 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
13 Suspense Magazine March 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
14 Suspense Magazine April 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
15 Suspense Magazine May 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
16 Suspense Magazine June 2011 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
17 Suspense Magazine July 2011 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
18 Suspense Magazine August 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
19 Suspense Magazine October 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
20 Suspense Magazine November 2011 ( By: ) 2011 Description / Buy
21 Suspense Magazine October 2012 (Short Story) ( By: ) 2012 Description / Buy
22 Suspense Magazine January 2013 ( By: ) 2013 Description / Buy
23 Suspense Magazine February 2013 ( By: ) 2013 Description / Buy
24 Suspense Magazine March 2013 ( By: ) 2013 Description / Buy
25 Suspense Magazine April 2013 2013 Description / Buy

T. Jefferson Parker Anthologies

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1 The Best American Mystery Stories 2001 2001 Description / Buy
2 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion 2008 Description / Buy
3 Orange County Noir 2010 Description / Buy
4 Hook, Line & Sinister 2010 Description / Buy
5 No Rest for the Dead 2011 Description / Buy
6 FaceOff 2014 Description / Buy
7 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold 2014 Description / Buy
8 Manhattan Mayhem 2015 Description / Buy
9 Palm Springs Noir 2021 Description / Buy
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Parker’s stories often feature one protagonist and sometimes part of the story is shown from the antagonist point of view. These stories build suspense as the lead character tries to prevent more crimes. The crimes featured in the story are usually graphic which causes unrest in the town where the story is set. Parker is famously known for using California as a setting for his novels and showcasing the effects of crime on a community. He uses his past experiences as a resident of California but although most of his work is set in Los Angeles and Orange County. The author relocated to San Diego, and most of his recent novels are set there.


Parker won the 2002 and 2008 Edgar Award for Silent Joe for the Best Novel category. In 2008 his short story titled Skinhead Central won him another Edgar Award thus making him one of the prolific writers to have won Edgar three times.


These are two best books by T. Jefferson Parker, L.A. Outlaws, and Silent Joe.

L.A. Outlaws: In this interesting series debut, the author Parker creates to intriguing and memorable characters. The first of the lead character is Charlie Hood, a man who fought the war in Iraq and now working as the County Sheriff deputy. The second character is Allison Murrieta, who claims that she is a descendant of the renowned California outlaw, Joanquin Murrieta killed and beheaded in 1853. The original Murrieta was so famous such that his skull was preserved in a jar of alcohol and sent on a tour and some say it was lost in the great San Francisco earthquake of 1906, but however Allison claims to have hidden the head in her barn.

Now Allison picks up Murrieta and sets out on a crime spree that involves boosting cars and robbing food joints.

She donates some fair share of her proceeds to several local charities including one owned by Los Angeles Police Department the Cops are not surprised, but in this media-besotted age, she becomes a local celebrity and a folk hero.

She comes across a deal where the local diamond dealer wants to pay off the loan to some gangsters with $450,000 worth diamonds. She plans to take off the dealer but arrives at the scene only to find ten men dead where the exchange was supposed to take place.

Furthermore, she also finds diamonds and is about to get away from the scene when Deputy Charlie Hood pulls her over.

Charlie requests for her licenses which reveal her to be Suzanne Jones, an eighth-grade history teacher. Upon a look up from the computer, she comes out clean, and thus Hood lets her go. However, when Hood discovers ten bodies immediately after he lets her go, he cannot help but wonder whether she was involved. Could she have killed all these people? Now, Hood must investigate and reveal the killer before he/she strikes again.

Silent Joe: With the horrible memories still of his childhood still showing on his face, Joe Trona is scarred in more than just one way. As an infant, his biological father threw acid on his face, and his mother left him. His adoptive father is the county supervisor. As an adult, Joe becomes a driver, and whenever his father needs protection, he is there to help. However, when his adoptive father is murdered, Joe will stop at nothing to find out the person who did it.

Moreover, searching for clues, he filters through the remains of his father’s life, his acquaintances, girlfriends, enemies and deals and comes to realize how many secrets his father kept and the number of people who had the power to harm him.

When Does The Next T. Jefferson Parker book come out?

T. Jefferson Parker doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is A Thousand Steps and was released on January, 11th 2022.


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