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L.A. Outlaws: A Novel

L.A. Outlaws: A Novel


L.A. Outlaws: A Novel

ratings:
3.5/5 (8 ratings)
Length:
11 hours
Released:
Feb 5, 2008
ISBN:
9781423306016
Format:
Audiobook

Description

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.

Released:
Feb 5, 2008
ISBN:
9781423306016
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of seventeen novels, including the Edgar® Award winners California Girl and Silent Joe. Alongside Dick Francis and James Lee Burke, he is one of only three writers who has won the Edgar® Award for Best Novel more than once. Parker lives with his family in Southern California.


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  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (5/5)
    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.
  • (3/5)
    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.
  • (4/5)
    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.
  • (1/5)
    Wow....as I said, this was my first and last Parker book. I've seen his books in the library and thought I'd start with this one. Man, this was a bad choice. The characters seemed very flat and very boring. I honestly couldn't see where the plot was going. One of the main characters is a cop named Charlie Hood, who's a cop, and for some reason, I didn't think he was that smart. He just seemed very odd to me. Parker had him use phrases like (when he was thinking of a woman he pulled over eariler) "He felt skinned." What?! What does that even mean? For me, this was a very odd read. I suggest you get this at the library like I did.
  • (3/5)
    This novel follows the exploits of Elizabeth Jones nee Allison Muerrita, mild mannered schoolteacher by day, daring armed robber by night. While plotting to relieve a desperate jeweler of a half-million dollars in diamonds she becomes a reluctant witness to a gang related massacre that leaves ten men dead. The trail of bodies leads to her desert home and she must take to her heels to stay alive. Protected by a young cop who is beginning to catch on to her double identity and is being played by corrupt and greedy superiors, she must escape the clutches of the evil man out to slay her and reclaim the gems. It must be said that Parker gives excellent voice to his characters, he writes in a smooth, flowing manner that makes for a good tale. The problem is this: like teenagers fumbling in the backseat of a car, the story just climaxes too fast, and the final chunk of the book is a perfunctory wrapping up of loose ends. Parker has been on the verge of putting together a truly fine crime novel for some time now. He has all the pieces; if he can ever nail the plot and pacing he has the potential to uncork something really special.