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

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

Order of Merci Rayborn Series

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

Order of Roland Ford Series

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

Order of T. Jefferson Parker Standalone Novels

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

Order of T. Jefferson Parker Short Stories/Novellas

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

Order of Suspense Magazine Series

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

T. Jefferson Parker Anthologies

1 The Best American Mystery Stories 20012001Description / Buy
2 Mystery Writers of America Presents The Blue Religion2008Description / Buy
3 Orange County Noir2010Description / Buy
4 Hook, Line & Sinister2010Description / Buy
5 No Rest for the Dead2011Description / Buy
6 FaceOff2014Description / Buy
7 Mystery Writers of America Presents Ice Cold2014Description / Buy
8 Manhattan Mayhem2015Description / Buy
9 Palm Springs Noir2021Description / 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?

The next book by T. Jefferson Parker is A Thousand Steps and will be released on January, 11th 2022.


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