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Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker

Laguna Heat (original 1985; edition 1993)

by T. Jefferson Parker

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Title:Laguna Heat
Authors:T. Jefferson Parker
Info:St. Martin's Paperbacks (1993), Edition: Reissue, Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
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Laguna Heat by T. Jefferson Parker (1985)



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No one does delving into the sins of omission and commission in the old gentry like Ross MacDonald who seemed almost to have a patent on the genre. Parker does a successful emulation in Laguna Heat.

Tom Shephard, recently retired from the LAPD where he was a decorated detective, but also the subject of widespread vilification for shooting a sixteen-year-old, has been hired to work as the homicide detective for Laguna Beach (annual homicide rate 0.5). His first case finds him looking for the killer of Tim Callahan who died with blue cobalt in his hair, $1000 waded up and stuffed down his throat, and a 32 oz piece of basalt smashed into his forehead. The trail leads to events that had occurred many years before with interlocking motives and actions that came back to haunt all of them decades later.

It’s an engaging story if unrealistic. The idea that a homicide detective could just take off and follow his instincts and a suspect down to Mexico struck me as bizarre. Apparently, this was Parker’s first novel and it doesn’t have the polish of some of his later work, but with that caveat it’s better than a lot of other stuff being published. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
Don't you just hate it when a book gets made into a movie and they put a movie still on the cover? The photo doesn't match the description of the lead character AT ALL, so it's a bit disconcerting. Overall this was a worthy read. It was easy to imagine a the California coastal communities of the 80's with the flashbacks to the 50's as well. But the best part was the ending--it's always nice when the drama is not neatly or predictably resolved. ( )
  debavp | Jun 24, 2008 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0312952058, Mass Market Paperback)

Where every day the sun makes a promise the nighttime breaks, while the super-rich live out expensive fantasies in posh beach houses and drown their memories in Cuervo Gold margaritas...
Where trouble has swept in like a Santa Ana wind, blowing the cover off a world of torture, murder and blood-red secrets
Where a crazed killer has turned paradise into a Disneyland of depraved violance--with a fiery vengeance--and where homicide cop Tom Shephard unravels a grisly mystery that reaches back across forty years of sordid sex, blackmail, and suicide into the dark corners of his own past, and sweats out a deadly truth in the sweltering..
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Tom Shepherd, a recently divorced ex-L.A. cop, returns to his home town of Laguna Beach to escape his turbulent past. His tranquillity is shattered, however, when he gets involved in the investigation of a series of grisly and bizarre murders all somehow tied to close personal friends of his father.… (more)

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