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Laguna Heat

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Laguna Heat
Mass Market Paperback, 336 pages
Published August 15th 1993 by St. Martin's Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1985)
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James Thane
Nov 26, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-fiction
Tom Shephard is the new homicide detective in swanky Laguna Beach, California, and he's come to town from L.A. after killing a boy in a justifiable homicide. But the rep and the psychological baggage has followed him to Laguna Beach. Shephard has barely found his desk when he's called to the scene of a particularly brutal homicide in which the victim has been doused in turpentine and set ablaze. Shortly thereafter, a second victim is dealt a similar fate, and Shephard finds himself drawn into a ...more
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime
Laguna Heat is Parker's first novel, which is my favorite read--first novels. I did this backwards, becoming a fan of Parker, then searching out his first work. Yep, maybe his best. Fitzgerald said of Hemingway: Something happened to him when he was twenty, he wrote about it, and then just wrote the same story over and over. Well, that's true of most fiction writers and it's true of Parker. (That's why I like First novels - they usually represent what it is an author has to offer. Many people (m ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: serial-mystery, 2015
In T.Jefferson Parker's mystery debut, Laguna Heat, he really brought on the heat in this stellar mystery. For Tom Shepard, he was a disgraced LAPD detective from a shooting of a young black teen, he moved to Laguna Beach. From there, he investigated a trail of fire murders, a path that lead him back to his darkest past of his mother's murder. When he finally encountered the man who destroyed his family, all best were off, when he discovered the cold truth on what lead to it and what happened be ...more

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Diana H.
Oct 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: thriller
Listened to this book while driving. It was hard to keep my mind on the road - I got that caught up in the story.
Apr 13, 2011 rated it liked it
No one does delving into the sins of omission and commission in the old gentry like Ross MacDonald who seemed almost to have a patent on the genre. Parker does a successful emulation in Laguna Heat.

Tom Shephard, recently retired from the LAPD where he was a decorated detective, but also the subject of widespread vilification for shooting a sixteen-year-old, has been hired to work as the homicide detective for Laguna Beach (annual homicide rate 0.5). His first case finds him looking for the kille
Dec 01, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although I have read a lot of T. Jefferson Parker's novels, somehow I missed this one (published in 1985) and it was even made into a movie two years later! I didn't see the movie either. The story is captivating. A young police officer in Laguna Beach (transferred from L.A.) has baggage from his former job, and also from his family life. His mother was killed when he was about three. During the course of this novel, two other people involved in Shepard's past are murdered, and one is attacked. ...more
Dec 21, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read somewhere that when Michael Connelly moved to Florida, T J Parker was the best mystery/thriller writer living in California. I would pretty much agree to that. This was his first novel ('85),and a very good setting in southern Calif, with a homicide cop digging into a mystery that goes back some forty years.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
LOVE LOVE LOVE T.J. Parker. This is one of the earlier ones, and I really like it.
May 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
My favorite (along with "Silent Joe") of all Parker's novels. This guy can write!
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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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