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California Girl by T. Jefferson Parker
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Feb 26, 2009

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bookshelves: mystery-thriller, edgar-awards
Read in June, 2006 , read count: 1

The main characters all interact on a casual and one to one basis with major news grabbers from the 1960's: Richard Nixon, Tim Leary and Charles Manson. I wonder how accurate these portrayals are to the truth; it sounded good and I appreciated in particular the interaction between one of our main characters and Manson. As a mystery I only found this book to be average, but it was redeemed by the history it recounted with the orange groves of Tustin, CA., the political and cult figures of the times, and the drug scene and cultural beliefs of that time. The story starts when our main characters are children and ends when they are old men, ... "two old farts with menus at arm's length talking about the past". It made me think about how, no matter the strength with which we live our lives, eventually we are the old ones if we are lucky.
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