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L.A. Outlaws (Charlie Hood Novel) by T.…

L.A. Outlaws (Charlie Hood Novel) (edition 2009)

by T. Jefferson Parker

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Title:L.A. Outlaws (Charlie Hood Novel)
Authors:T. Jefferson Parker
Info:Signet (2009), Edition: Reprint, Mass Market Paperback, 448 pages
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L.A. Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker



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LA Outlaws is a modern-day crime thriller featuring a street-savy sexy schoolteacher with a secret identity as Allison Murrieta, great granddaughter of a legendary western outlaw, car thief, particularly
fire-breathing hot rods, Jewel thief, and convenience store robber. The
story is alternatively told through the point of view of LA Sheriff's Charlie Hood, troubled veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and lone wolf deputy.

The book feels like an action-packed movie and is sometimes compared to the Jennifer Lopez movie Out Of Sight and
Gone Zin Sixty Seconds. It definitely works as a story and the battles with the wily MS 18 enforcer are the climax. It's an easy book to dive into.

It does somewhat however miss being a great book. It feels sometimes like its nothing more than a rehash of movies you've seen before and the level of suspense doesn't hold up all the way through it. While not perfect, it's a fine action packed thriller and worth reading. ( )
  DaveWilde | Sep 22, 2017 |
Bought this a while back at a used bookstore in Detroit. Picked it up this week and didn't stop reading until I was finished. Funny, smart, and the author sure seems to know a lot about women. ( )
  sblock | Apr 20, 2016 |
EDITORIAL REVIEW: Allison is an L.A. celebrity, a folk hero, and a modern-day Jesse James who loves a good armed robbery. She has a compulsion to steal, a knack for publicity, and the conscience to give it all to charity. In fact, one of her biggest fans is a cop. And no one’s ever been hurt—until last night. Now she and the rookie deputy are on the run for their lives.
  Hans.Michel | Sep 13, 2013 |
This book has a great little engine of a plot, which sped me along turning pages but ultimately left me feeling...meh. Basically, I wanted more believable characters with more believable motivations. The story revolves around the efforts of a modern day Robin Hood character (when not at her day job as teacher and single mom) to fence a fortune in diamonds that fell into her hands by happy accident. There are plenty of twists and turns as she just barely stays ahead of the gems' "rightful" and quite dangerous owners. There is also an honest cop who quickly figures out her alias but can't quite bring himself to turn her in. There is closure for all the characters at the end, but it's noir at best. ( )
  diva0301 | Apr 24, 2013 |
I started reading Parker when Laguna Heat was released because we were living near Laguna Beach at the time. It's been some time since I've read anything from him, mainly because the promise of the first book did not seem to be realized. When I saw this book for sale at the library, the blurb from Robert Crais inside the cover persuaded me to read it. It was a pleasant surprise. For me, Parker's style has changed for the better. ( )
  Roycrofter | Oct 22, 2012 |
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A legendary outlaw’s DNA plays an unlikely role in Parker’s latest winner.
... All the requisite action-suspense: No one does thriller-with-heart better than Parker.
added by Roycrofter | editKirkus' Reviews (Apr 1, 2008)
The irresistible antihero of this outstanding thriller from bestseller Parker ... claims to be a descendant of Joaquin Murrieta, a 19th-century figure ... in California folklore. This tour de force of plotting and characterization may well be Parker's best book.
added by Roycrofter | editPublishers' Weekly (Nov 19, 2007)
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Here's the deal: I am a direct descendant of the outlaw Joaquin Murrieta.
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Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt - until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing. Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an eyewitness - a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones - from leaving the scene in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison’s exploits swells to a fever pitch and the Southland’s most notorious killer sets out after her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to consume him completely. With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may signal the day their lies catch up with them.

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Investigating the latest crime scene of a celebrity thief who has been staging lucrative heists and donating the spoils to charity, rookie deputy Charlie Hood is forced to make an ethics-testing decision when the thief is targeted by a professional killer.… (more)

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