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L.A. Outlaws (Charlie Hood #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details ·  1,610 Ratings  ·  198 Reviews
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.
Paperback, 430 pages
Published February 2009 by Signet (first published 2008)
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James Thane
In this excellent introduction to his Charlie Hood series, T. Jefferson Parker creates two very memorable and intriguing characters. The first is the protagonist, Charlie Hood, a veteran of the war in Iraq who is now an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy. The second is Allison Murrieta, who claims to directly descended from the famous California outlaw, Joaquin Murrieta, who was shot and beheaded in 1853. The original Murrieta was famous, or infamous, enough that his head was preserved in a jar of alc ...more
Nov 29, 2012 TK421 rated it really liked it
L.A. OUTLAWS was a pleasant surprise. I had never previously read anything by T. Jefferson Parker. So when I came across this book in the free bin at my town's library, I saw no reason not to take a chance. I love me some good noir fiction.

In fact, just reading some of the blurbs on the Praise pages got me all excited. The Seattle Times compared T. Jefferson Parker to Elmore Leonard...who doesn't love Elmore Leonard? Win. The Providence Journal-Bulletin said that L.A. OUTLAWS was the best book
Cathy DuPont
Jan 09, 2013 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it
Happily four and one-half stars…**** 1/2

In the acknowledgements at the end of the book, the last sentence reads “My humble thanks to all of you.” T. Jefferson Parker is thanking his readers. What a guy!

Parker is one of only three authors who have received the Edgar Award more than once with the other two being Dick Francis (who I’ve read and really enjoyed) and James Lee Burke (who I simply adore.)

In this book, Parker introduces Charlie Hood a LAPD patrol officer who gets promoted early on in t
Mike French
Jan 29, 2015 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First time reading T.Jefferson Parker and I was very impressed. Charlie Hood is an outstanding character and kept me riveted from the start to the finish! I have the next book on hold at the library.Thanks to several of my Goodreads friends for bring T. Jefferson Parker to my attention.
Poliziesco schizofrenico.
Da una parte, la protagonista, una donna che insegna storia in terza media, ma trasforma Wonder Woman in una dilettante, un incrocio tra Catwoman e Robin Hood, come viene definita a un certo punto (e non dimenticherei Calamity Jane, certo non quella di Deadwood), che si racconta in prima persona, risultando molto poco credibile, del tutto inverosimile, e molto poca simpatica.

E, l’altra metà del romanzo, raccontato in terza persona
Dede Murphy
I gave this book 3 stars probably because the author and scene were new and different for me. It was a bit silly but kept me entertained. I recommend it for someone looking for a fast paced and fun story. The main character is a very likable Robin Hood sort of woman outlaw. She has an elaborate disguise while committing her heists and, by day, is an LA county middle school history teacher.
Aug 25, 2015 Tim rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I thought the beginning was the best part of this novel. However, instead of building to an exciting crescendo, the story clambers helter skelter between stickups, accusations, relationships, double cross and tragedy. 3 of 10 stars
Feb 16, 2017 Maddy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017-reads
PROTAGONIST: Deputy Charlie Hood
SETTING: California
SERIES: #1 of 6
WHY: Suzanne Jones is a history teacher who has "witnessed" a robbery where many bad guys ended up dead and she ended up with a pile of diamonds. Actually, her alter ego, Allison Miretta, was the one who managed to take the diamonds. Allison specializes in robbing fast food restaurants and gives most of the proceeds to various charities. Deputy Charlie Hood works with Suzanne during the investigation, and they become in
Dec 02, 2014 Peter rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-thriller
L. A. Outlaws (A Charlie Hood Novel) is a fast-paced and snappy novel that opens with Suzanne Jones, a never-married mother of three and an L. A. school teacher at her night job as a female burglar and con artist, outwitting lowlifes to increase her I.R.A. nest egg; for the nighttime she takes the name Allison Murrietta, a nod to Joaquin Murrietta, her great-great-great-great-great-great-grandfather who was a notorious gold-rush era bandit known as the Mexican Robin Hood. Allison is adept at hot ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Marleen rated it liked it
Recently recommended to me, this is my first read by author T. Jefferson Parker (book 1 in the Charlie Hood series).
L.A. Outlaws was certainly refreshing and entertaining, but it's main quality is that it had a very unique atmosphere to it. It was original in many ways. That being said; it also felt repetitive: in that sense that there were way too many robbery scenes & stealing cars scenes. The plot itself was so-and-so, but I think this book is more about the atmosphere and the characters
May 21, 2014 Ellen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: genre-study, suspense
I read this as part of our department's suspense genre study and it kept my interest well enough. As with other titles in this genre, this book felt very visual and the characters seemed more like action figures than thoughtful or emotional human beings. Other than her 5G grandfather's history, there is very little to help the reader understand why Suzanne, a well-enough paid and well-respected teacher, felt the need to get dressed up in a costume and rob fast food shops and steal fast cars. Oh, ...more
Jul 10, 2011 David rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
This was an exciting and interesting novel and I must confess to enjoying it. Parker writes with a compelling emotional angst of people trying to balance morality and legality. In this case, deputy Charlie Hood makes a simple traffic stop that eventually turns his life upside down. He is,at first, unaware that the beautiful woman is anything mote than a traffic violator. He quickly becomes aware that she is at the very least a witness to a stolen jewel exchange turned into a massacre. At the wor ...more
Tom Tischler
Feb 24, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
L.A. is being gripped by a modern day Jessie James calling herself
Allison Muriett, her real identity unknown. She steals beautiful
things and donates a good bit to charity. No one is hurt until a job
ends with ten dead gangsters and a half million in diamonds missing.
Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies and he prevents an
eye witness a school teacher named Suzanne Jones from leaving the
scene in her corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him
off balance from the beginning Hood
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
I whipped through this one so fast it never even made it to my "currently-reading" shelf. After I got about 150 pages in, I could not stop reading it, and I finished it all in one blitz.
This is a great suspenseful, edgy story, but kind of fun, too. I love that the main character is a kickbutt chick who outsmarts all the men who are trying to control and manipulate her.
The main character is Allison Murrieta, the descendant of a long-ago outlaw. She is a modern-day outlaw who robs fast-food joint
Jennifer Taw
Mar 21, 2013 Jennifer Taw rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I love books, t.v. shows, and movies about women who kick ass, won't be victimized, and have minds -- and strong ones -- of their own. I didn't like this book. It was godawful. A man's idea of a powerful woman/mother/lover ... in which she's a desperately selfish, self-destructive, egotistical wreck who loves diamonds and fame more than she loves her kids and who uses and tricks and cheats and even humiliates the people who love and trust her. It would already be an appalling book, for the depic ...more
Aug 10, 2015 Linda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've been wanting to read T. Jefferson Parker for some time because several people I share book sensibilities with enjoy him. Trying to avoid previous mistakes, I started with the first in the Charlie Hood series.

It's better than three stars, but not quite four. I enjoyed the characters and the story, and will definitely continue along this series, or try another one.
May 18, 2009 Sandra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This was an interseting read with plot twists and turns that kept you involved. The main character is a strong, yet sociopathic, female who you both cheer on and want her to be caught. It was a very light read.
Brandon Nagel
Mar 18, 2013 Brandon Nagel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome. Not sure what to say about this book other than read it. One of my favorite characters of all time. Allison Murietta, part Robin Hood, part Cat Woman. Mysterious, interesting, and some serious attitude. Highly recommended! Thank you to Anonymous 9 for the excellent recommendation!
Apr 18, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Blood Diamonds, fast cars, a machete wielding hitman, a dangerous and beautiful stick up artist, a dead outlaws' head in a jar, a dirty cop, and a good cop. It's a lot of fun.
Leon Aldrich
I wish I could give proper credit to the person here on GoodReads who recommended this author. This is one author who deserves high praise, along with making this one into a movie.
Michael Connor
Fast-paced, nasty bad guy, hot girl who boosts cars.
Aug 26, 2013 Meg rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ugh. I gave it a second star for the spunky heroine, but I may still take it back.
Oct 18, 2016 Ed rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Thriller Fans
This may be the best T.J. Parker I've read. It introduces us to two great characters, Charlie Hood, a Iraq war veteran and now an L.A. County Sheriff's deputy and Allison Murrieta, who claims to be a descendant of the famous California outlaw, Joaquin Murrieta, who was shot and beheaded in 1853.

Allison has become a folk hero as she robs gas stations and fast food restaurants and later posts videos of the event as well as distributing part of the proceeds to local charities including the LA Poli
Barry Hammond
Jun 17, 2012 Barry Hammond rated it really liked it
I've been a fan of T. Jefferson Parker since his classic "The Blue Hour," which is one of the best crime novels I've ever read (and I've read a vast number). I haven't gotten to every book by him yet but he seems to have a higher percentage of books that fit into the "surprising,absorbing, great characters and believable, realistic settings and situations," category than many crime writers. I'd also recommend "Red Light," "Silent Joe," "Black Water," and "The Fallen."

He has a new recurring chara
Joe Robles
Jan 24, 2011 Joe Robles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After Robert B. Parker died, I took a year off of reading any books in the detective fiction genre & the mystery genre as a whole. The first book back I decided to read a book written by an author I'd never read, but recommended by Robert Crais, much like I'd read Robert Crais due to a comparison to Robert Parker. I was not disappointed.

T. Jefferson Parker is a name I recognized due to it's alpha proximity to Robert Parker. I knew he had a ton of books under his belt, but until I saw his int
Apr 01, 2014 Joe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-thriller
As a big fan of this author I have no idea what to make of this book – a mis-step, a change of pace, maybe even farce. L.A. Outlaws is the first adventure of Charlie Hood, in what is now a five book series. Charlie is an ambitious 20-something rookie sheriff’s deputy in Los Angeles County and an Iraqi war veteran. Here he quickly finds himself on the trail of “Allison Murrieta” – a masked Jesse James/Robin Hood female bandit/master car-thief who holds up Taco Bells and KFCs, performs for securit ...more
Tahsin Ahmed
Jun 23, 2011 Tahsin Ahmed rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Los Angele's is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the need to steal beautiful-pretty things, the need to invite the media along. she also donates much of her cash to charity. But finally Nobody ever gets hurt until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half- million dollars of diamonds goes missing. Imagine if you were in her position? What would you do? This a is a book you have to read!

Rookie Deputy Char
L.A. OUTLAWS – (Police Proc-Charlie Hood-LA-Cont) – G+
Parker, T. Jefferson – Standalone
Dutton, 2008, US Hardcover – ISBN: 9780525950554

First Sentence: Here’s the deal: I am a direct descendant of the outlaw Joaquin Murrieta.

Allison Murrieta is a mother of three; the father of the youngest is raising her three sons when she is away. Allison is also a thief who can hotwire a car, holds up convenience and fast-food stores and gives large amounts of the money to charity. Up to now, she has gotten aw
Feb 11, 2012 Jeanie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first exposure to T. Jefferson Parker's work. If I could give this book 3 1/2 stars, I would, but as far as I can tell this is not an option. So, I'll take a leap of faith and trust that this first effort at the start of a new series is just a sampling of an award winning writer's abilities and that the Charlie Hood books will become only stronger with each new addition.

Overall, it's a fairly decent story. The overall flow of the prose very much reminds me of Crais's Elvis Cole stor
Corrina S.
L.A Outlaws

The book that I just finished reading is called L.A Outlaws by T. Jefferson Parker. It was about a 30 year old beautiful history teacher Suzanne Jones, who had a deep secret. She was one of L.A top outlaws, stealing cars and taking money from chain businesses. Her identity isn’t questioned until one of her biggest steals is spotted. 10 men lie died at the local auto shop floor. What’s missing? $45,000 worth of diamonds. She is seen leaving the scene by a cop named Charlie Hood who is
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T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of 20 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners Silent Joe and California Girl. Parker's next work is a literary novel, Full Measure, to be published in October. He lives with his family in Southern California
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