A good cop, Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a sixth-floor window of a downtown hotel and miraculously survived. The traumatic incident left Robbie with a fast-track career in the San Diego P.D.'s Homicide division . . . and a rare neurological condition that enables him to see people's emotional words as colored shapes—green trapezoids of envy, red squares of deception . ....more
*throws on keeper pile*
I was reading Michael Connelly and figured he couldn’t be as good as she felt he was because I had never heard of him. Wrong once again.
Great book, great characters and great plot all ...more
Robbie Brownlaw is a homicide detective in San Diego, California. One day, he is eating a meal when he sees that a hotel across the street has caught fire. He dashes over to help out, rescuing several people. However, the last person he tries to help turns on him and throws him out of a hotel window, six floors up. Against all odds, Robbie survives. The main after-effect is that he now has synesthesia, a neurological condition where yo ...more
There were many characters, but they were developed enough to follow as the plot progressed. The story takes place in beautiful San Diego, California. (And, beautiful Sacramento was mentioned once in the book -- go Kings!) The main character, Robbie Brownl ...more
I have really enjoyed Parker's earlier books Pacific Beat Laguna Heat but some of his more recent books have been somewhat disappointing this and Storm Runners both feel like they were written more quickly or without the same level of attention.
The characters here are decent, but I felt that they could have been more developed, I would have liked to have seen more dialogue to see how the characters interacted, rather than being told by the narrator, which would have been interest ...more
Okay.. I have be honest. I expexted much less from this book. There are many things i would prefer differently, but it was actually a very nice book.
This is what i call "traditional crime story".
A detective, a partner, and a killer to be found. I didn't see any special use of the character's "gift" rather than just being there as a part of his personal story. Every lie told in this book by someone, was already established by the readed before his special gift detected it.
Other than ...more
The hero of this story is Robbie, a detective who has been promoted early, primarily because of a highly publicized incident in which he was thrown out of a tall building and lived to tell about it. Since the accident, Robbie has developed an extra-sensory gift\c ...more
My attention wandered
Unfortunately I did not find this any where near as enjoyable as Red Dragon. I could definitely feel the similarities, but I would be hard pressed to say it was a homage or inspiration, over a slightly poorly done copy.
The "love story" throughout felt like it had been thrown in to fill a quota, on ...more
Parker, T. Jefferson – 12th book
William Morrow, 2006- Hardcover
Detective Robbie Brownlaw was thrown from a 6th floor window and survived. But one result is that he now has synesthesia which causes him to see shapes that represent the emotions behind people’s words. When ethics investigator Garrett Asplundh is found murdered, it leads Brownlaw into an investigation filled with political corruption, prostitution, and personal crises.
*** Parker is ...more
Overall this book depressed me a bit and I couldn’t wait to finish it. Don’t get me wrong, giving ...more
Robbie Brownlaw is a cop who's life is good on all counts. He enjoys his job, is married to the love of his life, everything is hunky-dory till he is thrown out of a window on t ...more
Although critics could not decide whether Brownlaw's synesthesia was a gimmicky element or not, they agreed that The Fallen is a riveting read__perhaps, claimed a few, not as good as the Edgar Award?winning California Girl and Silent Joe, but nearly so. This stand-alone classic police procedural, replete with its portrait of big-city crime and power-hungry politicians, follows a recognizable storyline. However, its lively writing, well-paced plot, rounded characters (from call girls to shady pol...more
Typical police procedural: ther ...more
Okay on second reading, I loved this book. T. Jefferson Parker lets you into the heart and soul of his characters so I must've been drinking too much coffee when I first read this novel.
His settings are so vivid and as a San Diego native, I can almost smell the eucalyptus trees in Balboa Park.
When I have to flip through parts of a story to get to the good stuff, the story isn't working for me. Or maybe, I'm your typical Gen X-er and watched too much MTV growing up. ...more