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The Renegades by T. Jefferson Parker
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Oct 23, 09

bookshelves: action-thriller, hardboiled, mystery, new-york-times-best-seller, police-procedural, read-in-2009, reviewed, series, thriller
Recommended to Michael by: Have enjoyed the author in the past.
Recommended for: mystery fans, Robert Crais fans, Don Winslow fans.
Read in October, 2009, read count: 1

"The Renegades" is a follow up to the excellent "L.A. Outlaws"
In this story, Charlie Hood has asked for a transfer to the quieter police division after being involved in a shooting in L.A.

When Hood and his partner, Terry Laws were at a call helping housing authority representatives, someone kills Laws. The automatic weapon used to kill Laws either jammed or the killer wanted to let Hood be a witness but Hood's escape troubled him.

Internal affairs assigns him to their unit to be the lead investigator in Laws' killing. It doesn't take long before he realizes that Laws was a crooked cop.

Laws and his partner Coleman Draper arrested a man named Shay Eichrodt who was suspected of killing two cartel couriers. They find over $340,000 in Eichrodt's trunk and think that they can become the couriers and get a piece of the action.

There just wasn't much tension here. Most of the characters came across as if the reader was reading what happened in the newspapers and this took away from the suspense. The author may have assumed everyone read "L.A. Outlaws" first and learned more of Hood's background but whatever the reason, there was little character development here. It was simply a story of greed and murder.

Enjoyable as it was but not up to Parker's prior excellence.

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Reading Progress

10/22/2009 page 52
14.77% ""...four more machine gunners appear on the road, ... and suddenly this blinding beam of white light scorches into my car.""

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