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L.A. Outlaws: A Charlie Hood Novel #1 | [T. Jefferson Parker]

L.A. Outlaws: A Charlie Hood Novel #1

Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt - until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.
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Publisher's Summary

Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt - until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half-million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.

Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an eyewitness - a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones - from leaving the scene in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison's exploits swells to a fever pitch and the Southland's most notorious killer sets out after her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to consume him completely.

With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may signal the day their lies catch up with them.

Crack another case with Charlie Hood.

©2008 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2007 Brilliance Audio

What the Critics Say

"This tour de force of plotting and characterization may well be Parker's best book." (Publishers Weekly)
"Both pairs - Ericksen and Colacci as well as the two lead characters - blend perfectly in this taut thriller about love, greed, and redemption." (AudioFile)

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    bonnie 10-18-08
    bonnie 10-18-08

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    "Disappointing on too many levels"

    Prior to listening to LA Outlaws I was a T. Jefferson Parker fan. Both the book and the production were disappointing .. here are a few reasons why:
    1. The story is scattered and weak. The author uses a shotgun to make too many points. He is firing at a distance, so he only barely hits most of the targets. He often digressed from the story and ranted about all the little things for which he has never had a proper forum, and each digression detracted more and more from the storyline.
    2. In the first few hours I figured out one of the main "bad guys" and it was so obvious that I kept thinking "surely it's a trick; the story will be better than that." Nope.
    3. As badly as I wanted to empathize with the characters, it just didn't happen. Oh, there were a few sparks .. but then they were quickly extinguished. Particular with the main character, the author worked hard at showing her "good side" versus her "bad side" in a totally black and white manner as make her schizophrenic .. and yet we are to believe she is an award winning high school teacher.
    4. The production stinks. The male reader's voice does not fit most of the characters. The use of the two voices in opposition to each other and some sound effects somehow doesn't work. It seemed like an attempt of using gimmicks to take my mind off the point: weak story.
    5. This book was an affront to me as a discerning reader and Audible listener. It's been a few years since I listened to some marvelous works by this author. Throughout this production I kept thinking that friends or family members or an agent convinced him to bring it to Audible because we wouldn't know how bad it was and it would sell based on his name. It did ... and I'm sad and angry at the deception.

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew San Diego, CA, USA 01-08-09
    Andrew San Diego, CA, USA 01-08-09 Member Since 2005
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    "Save your money and/or credit"

    I was unable to get past the first forty minutes or so of this book due to my strong aversion to this narrator. I was unable to keep going even though I gave it two attempts. It seemed to me as if the narrator should have been a male as the "voice" I heard from the sections of the book I was able to get through was not a feminine one. Just my opinion and not meant to be an attack on this person.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Sue Cantonment, FL, United States 04-10-13
    Sue Cantonment, FL, United States 04-10-13 Member Since 2009
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    What would have made L.A. Outlaws better?

    A better plot


    Has L.A. Outlaws turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No


    What about David Colacci and Susan Ericksen ’s performance did you like?

    I enjoy Susan Ericksen from J. D. Robb's series. This is the first time I've listened to Mr. Colacci and he was good.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    The only reason I listened to this book until the end is because I paid for it and kept hoping it would get better. It didn't.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Kentwood, MI, United States 12-08-12
    Amazon Customer Kentwood, MI, United States 12-08-12 Member Since 2011
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    Story very repetitive. Had a hard time staying interested. Listened tp several other books from this author, always enjoyed them. This book was disappointing.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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