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Red Light (Merci Rayborn #2)

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Two years after the death of Tim Hess, her partner and father of her child, Merci Rayborn, the Orange County homicide investigator introduced in Parker's insanely imaginative (New York Times Book Review) The Blue Hour, is back. Merci has finally pulled her life back together. She and her son are living with her father, a retired cop, and she is dating Mike McNally, a respe ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published April 2001 by Hyperion (first published 1999)
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Jen
Sep 13, 2008 Jen rated it liked it
Merci Rayborn returns in Red Light by T. Jefferson Parker. It's two years after Tim Hess died. She's dating Mike McNally - a fellow officer, has an 18-month-old son and lives with her father since her mother passed away. In this installment of the Rayborn series, a prostitute is murdered. But the catch is this prostitute has a tie to Merci's boyfriend, Mike McNally, and soon the evidence starts piling up against Mike as the murderer. Meanwhile, Merci has also been given a cold case to look into. ...more
Jerry
Jul 02, 2010 Jerry rated it really liked it
Excellent second outing in Merci Rayborn series !!

Parker's second book in the homicide sergeant (Ms) Merci Rayborn series (of three so far) is definitely a sequel to his earlier work, "Blue Hour" [which if you haven't read that, STOP HERE:]. At the close of that book, Marci loses her temporary partner and one-night lover, Tim Hess, to a bullet meant for her, only to bear his son nine months later. Skipping ahead in fictional time two years to this book, we find Merci not at all over her loss an
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Cathy DuPont
Jun 17, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Read The Blue Hour first for clear understanding of characters
My third T. Jeffereson Parker book and by far my favorite.

Still wish there were 1/2 star ratings. This book, in my estimation, was very close to five stars especially since I gave four stars to the other two. Had to recall those books I did give five stars to in order to back off down to four. In my mind though, four and one-half stars.

Marci Rayborn is the protagonist and she's a wounded soul. Young but carrying the burden of a person who has been through a number of reincarnations all of which
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Tim Warner
Feb 26, 2012 Tim Warner rated it liked it
I love T Jefferson Parker. This was not up to the superior level of his others. The plot is great, but I had the impression that Parker was struggling to get through this book. I know I was, for sure. As much as he is a master at fleshing out his people, I had the impression that something else in Parker's life as he was working on this book, was commanding more of his emotional and mental focus. There were a couple of times I wanted to give up but I kept through, knowing that the next in this s ...more
Maddy
Jun 01, 2010 Maddy rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2002-reads
RATING: 4.25

T. Jefferson Parker has long written stand-alone novels that have been very well received by the crime fiction community. In The Blue Hour, Parker introduced his first series character, Merci Rayborn, a tougher-than-nails female homicide detective. In that book, the deep freeze that is her heart is penetrated; but due to an unfortunate series of events, she loses what she has just found.

Red Light picks up where The Blue Hour left off. Merci is balancing a tough work life with being a
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James Jackson
Apr 20, 2013 James Jackson rated it really liked it
I listened to the audio version on an auto trip. Having enjoyed The Blue Hour I picked up this second one featuring Merci Rayborn. Parker's mystery/suspense novels are multi-layered and this was as well - in fact my reason for deducting a star was I felt a bit of overburdened by the layers.

The present situation involves Merci's investigation of a murdered hooker who had a relationship with her on again/off again boyfriend. Layered on top are her relationships with her bosses and co-workers. her
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Michelle
Sep 20, 2010 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Homicide Detective Merci Rayborn is mourning the death of her former partner Tim Hess, who is the father of her two year old son Tim Jr. Her boss assigned her two murder cases, (1) cold case (unsolved case): a prostitute was murdered in 1969 who was found dead in an empty field, (2) a recent case: a young prostitute who was shot to death in her apartment.

The first case, few suspects were involved in the police department and influential people in Southern California's Orange County.

The second c
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Tom Tischler
Jun 04, 2015 Tom Tischler rated it really liked it
Merci Rayborn an Orange County homicide detective is back after the
death of Tim Hess her partner and the father of her child. She has
put her life back together and is living with her father, a retired
cop and her son. She is dating Mike McNally a respected fellow officer.
A young prostitute is found murdered and Mike emerges as the prime
suspect. Now Merci must do the unthinkable expose and arrest her
lover. She must now shift through the facts and balance where the
truth leads her against where he
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Karschtl
Jun 13, 2009 Karschtl rated it really liked it
A classic whodunit story with a lady detective as the leading character, who pieces together all the evidence she has and comes up with a surprising suspect. Along the way she also tries to solve a cold case, a murder from 1969. And both seem to have something in common.

Good thrillers I read within a few days because they are quite easy to read and you want to know what happens next. This was also the case with this book, although it wasn't a 'suspenseful' thriller where you have to be afraid wh
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Valerie
Apr 20, 2013 Valerie rated it really liked it
This is one of Parker's novels I missed (thought I had read them all) and it features the main character Merci Rayborn who is a deputy sheriff for Orange County, CA like her father and his friends, before her. This book has to do with one cold case which happened in 1969 and one current case, both of them homicides of prostitutes or call girls. I found it fascinating the way the author wove the strands of both stories together to arrive at a logical and coherent whole.
Rietje
Apr 28, 2011 Rietje rated it really liked it
This book is full of dark intrigue and deep emotions. The characters and sense of place are so real.
Connie Marx
Jan 24, 2013 Connie Marx rated it liked it
It was a good read, a little long in some parts, but I didn't want to put it down.
Marianne
Feb 26, 2017 Marianne rated it really liked it
Tough decisions all around for police men and women. Choices, good or bad always have unforeseen consequences.

My life is in such disarray right now, it is difficult to concentrate, but this book held my interest and took me away from my own life for awhile.
Gerard
Dec 13, 2016 Gerard rated it liked it
Dragging, but makes up for it in the final quarter somehow!
Johnny
Jun 12, 2015 Johnny rated it really liked it
Shelves: mystery
No, Red Light isn’t an anachronistic look at old-fashioned police cars, but it is a police procedural. In Red Light, T. Jefferson Parker uses the classic symbol of prostitution to demonstrate that the so-called “victimless crime” does have a victim, whether it is the strung-out hooker or the upscale “escort.” The fate of the victim is likely the same on either end of the socio-economic spectrum. Parker takes readers to the high end in Red Light but doesn’t necessarily offer relief. Instead, Red ...more
Jill
Jul 16, 2015 Jill rated it liked it
The second of Parker's books feature the anti-hero Merci Rayborn, the first being the quite excellent "Blue Hour". This one, not so good as the first. Readable and enjoyable, but just not up to the same quality as the first.

Two main reasons for not liking this one as much as the first in the Rayborn series, the first being Rayborn herself. She seems too slow off the mark, too much lacking in police and detective insight, to have this job. She gets only glimpses of things you would imagine an exp
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John
May 05, 2012 John rated it really liked it
T Jeff is one of my favorite OC Writers (along with Don Winslow) despite being one of those novelists who claims to write 9 to 5, everyday, chained to his desk. I tend to doubt anyone works on first draft material eight hours a day (revisions, sure but not first drafts) and the idea of keeping an office schedule as an artist is a bit incongruous, even sad. Keeping a writing schedule is important, yes, but I tend to avoid anything that makes me feel like a cubicle monkey.

Having said that, the spe
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Paul
Jul 03, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Two years after the death of her partner and one-time lover, Tim Hess, Detective Sergeant Merci Rayborn is dealing not only with his loss, but the psychological wounds inflicted by the serial killer who murdered him and nearly got her as well. The once hard-driving Rayborn is still tough, but no longer invincible in her own eyes. She is devoted to her infant son, lives with her widowed father, and has a relationship with another cop, Mike McNally, that Mike wants to take further, but about which ...more
Stacy
Jan 21, 2013 Stacy rated it really liked it
I always think a series should be read in order, but for the first time on my blog I’m going to say that you don’t have to read the first one to truly appreciate the second in this series. Here’s my review of the first one. I didn’t really care for Merci in Blue Hour, but I did like her in this one.

Merci is a homicide detective living with her young son and widowed father. She has a new partner, after her last one (and the father of her child) was killed, a love interest, and a new case that thr
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David
Dec 12, 2016 David rated it really liked it
The Second Merci Rayborn. His books get better and better.
Jo Jenner
May 26, 2015 Jo Jenner rated it did not like it
I had never heard of this author and I won't be troubling him again.
Through out the book we are told what happened in book one of the series even though you should be able to read this as a stand alone. I at least don't need to read book one as I know nearly everything that happened in it. Some characters are obviously in book one and they are not introduced properly. In chapter two we "meet" Mike. We have no idea who he is and we are not told. It was only after I had reread chapter one looking
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Douglas Cook
May 26, 2013 Douglas Cook rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mysteries-police
A follow up to Blue Hour. Merci Rayborn, a police detective is unwilling [unable?] to trust anyone but herself. She believes her boyfriend may have murdered a prostitute.

First paragraph
Chapter One “Out of the way, please. Sheriff's investigator. Come on now. Out.” Merci Rayborn ducked under the ribbon and continued down the walk. Her heart was beating fast and her senses were jacked up high, registering all at once the cars hissing along Coast Highway to her left, waves breaking on the other sid
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Kirsten Lenius
Merci is an officer with the sherrif's department; her father was in law-enforcement before her.

She is still traumatized by the loss of her former partner and lover when they faced a serial killer together and the near loss of her young son in an accident on the water.

She finds herself investigating the murder of a prostitute and soon learns that her current gentleman friend might be the prime suspect in the young woman's murder.


I had a hard time keeping focused on this book. The writing was a
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AV AV
May 14, 2016 AV AV rated it liked it
Er wordt ook regelmatig verwezen naar zijn vorige boeken, maar dit is allesbehalve storend voor iemand die deze niet gelezen zou hebben. Parker schenkt veel aandacht aan de opbouw van zijn verhalen, de juistheid van de feiten en de beschrijving van zijn personages. Je krijgt na een tijdje de indruk dat je die personen kent en dat maakt het verhaal des te spannender. In dit boek moet Merci Clayborn 2 verschillende moorden onderzoeken die in eerste instantie niets met elkaar te maken hebben. een v ...more
Phillis
Nov 30, 2012 Phillis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is only the 2nd T. Jefferson books I've listed/read and I know I will listen/read more. He's a good story teller. This is 2nd in the Mercy Rayborn series. Mercy has to investigate a prostitutes murder. As she digs deeper in to the woman's life she finds her current boyfriend knows this person and could somehow be involved with the murder. Then she is handed a cold case from her boss of another prostitute murdered 30 years before. As she investigates that one she starts seeing similarities i ...more
Carol
Three stars only because T. Jefferson Parker is a good writer.Parker writes of California with the good, the bad and the ugly. This was the second book in the Merci Rayborn series. Wasn't sure if I'd like Merci, a cop with the Orange County Sheriff,by page 250 I was almost certain I did not! I enjoy a dark mystery but this story had too many messed up people carrying guns,while making life changing decisions. I have never under stood that; "He's one of Our's" mentality among certain groups of pe ...more
David
Mar 10, 2015 David rated it liked it
Shelves: completed
I don't think this was as strong as books 1 &3 in this series. After awhile I get tired of reading about police corruption, but Parker does make a decent mystery out of this story. Merci works on two separate mysteries separated by thirty years. One mystery embroils her lover and the other one seems to have deep roots in the departments history.

As time goes on Merci slowly realizes that doing the right thing may hurt the people she loves the most. Parker does a fantastic job describing the
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Jeff
Feb 02, 2013 Jeff rated it liked it
It’s the second in a series of 3; I’m starting the 3rd tonight. It started slow and got better and better as the book goes along. It reminded me again how things do happened in law enforcement agencies that can sour a person on the whole legal system and what it stands for. I know how disappointing it was for me and how I had no idea that Cops would turn on Cops. Not all departments are like this but the one I was with for a brief time was horrible. I still have faith in the legal system and 90% ...more
Phyllis
Aug 25, 2008 Phyllis rated it liked it
The next book written by Mr. Parker. For the first time, it's a sequel to the previous book "The Blue Hour". The woman detective - Merci- had become pregnant by her older partner, who died two years ago in a shootout. She is living with her father, who takes care of her son. She has been seeing another sheriff's detective, who is now suspected of killing a call girl, a case that Merci was assigned to investigate. She also is assigned a cold case from the 1960's, another murder of a call girl. Th ...more
Bob
Jul 17, 2010 Bob rated it liked it
Merci Rayborn is the lead investigator on the death of a young 19 year old and is also given a cold case to work on as well. In the current case the girl turns out to have been sorking for an escort service and Merci's boyfriend who is a vice cop is trying to get her to help him to get to her boss. As the investigations proceed (old and new) they begin to converge and Merci is torn as people close to her come to be implicated in one or the other case. Not a bad book, but knot up to 4 stars eithe ...more
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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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