Atmospheric, complex and intelligent psychological suspense from the bestselling author of The Blue Hour and Red Light.
With the horrible remnants of a childhood trauma forever visible on his face, Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one.
Rescued from an ophanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of influence and intimidation that surrounds his adoptive father's illustrious career. Serving as Will's right-hand man, Joe is trained to protect and defend his father's interests -- but he can't save him from his enemies.
Will Trona is murdered, and Joe will stop at nothing to find out who is responsible. Sifting through his father's life -- acquaintances, deals, enemies and lovers -- looking for clues, Joe comes to realise how many secrets Will Trona kept, and how many people he had the power to harm.
But two leads keep rising to the surface: a little girl who was kidnapped by her mentally disturbed brother, and two rival gangs who seem to have joined forces.
And as Joe digs deeper, he is forced to confront his own childhood abuse as the different threads of the investigation begin to intersect.
About the Author
Jefferson Parker is the New York Times bestselling author of six novels, including The Triggerman's Dance and Where Serpents Lie. He lives in Laguna Beach, California. When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and haunting the public tennis courts.
Almost from the off, Jefferson Parker reels in his readers and keeps them hooked with a plot crammed with action and intrigue as Deputy Joe Trona, marksman and martial arts expert, sets out to avenge the murder of his adopted father. Brutalized by his natural father as a child, Joe Trona is placed in care at the Hillside Children's Home, from which he is adopted by local political player Will Trona. When he grows up, Joe joins the local PD as a deputy and also works as a minder for his father, but he can do little more than watch in horror when Will is assassinated in front of him. Afterwards Joe determines to track down the killers and bring them to justice. So a quest for vengeance begins. Along the way Joe uncovers a bloody trail of death and corruption all leading back in some way to his father's death - a scam to fund Will's political opponents, the illicit activities of a local minister, an unlikely alliance between two LA street gangs and the murder of two illegal immigrants. As he progresses towards his goal, Joe discovers more and more about his father's dubious past, and ultimately his own. Parker's tautly paced, thoughtful thriller raises intelligent questions about loyalty and identity without ever slowing the plot as it weaves towards resolution. (Kirkus UK)
Number Of Pages: 440
Published: 23rd August 2010
Dimensions (cm): 18.000 x 11.000 x 2.9
Weight (kg): 0.230