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Silent Joe | [T. Jefferson Parker]

Silent Joe

Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power 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 territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies.
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Publisher's Summary

With the horrible remnants of a childhood tragedy forever visible across his otherwise handsome face, Joe Trona is scarred in more ways than one. Rescued from an orphanage by Will Trona, a charismatic Orange County politician who sensed his dark potential, Joe is swept into the maelstrom of power 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 territory - but he can't save the powerful man from his enemies. Will Trona is murdered, and Joe will stop at nothing to find out who did it.

Looking for clues as he sifts through the remains of his father's life - his girlfriends, acquaintances, deals, and enemies - Joe comes to realize how many secrets Will Trona possessed, 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. As Joe deepens his investigation - and as he is forced to confront painful events of his troubled childhood - these two seemingly disconnected threads will intersect. Just how and why form the crux of this intricate, intelligent mystery that satisfies the mind as well as the heart - and reveals yet again the impeccable detail, vivid characterization, and emotional complexity that make a T. Jefferson Parker novel impossible to resist.

(P)2004 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

Edgar Award, Best Novel, 2002

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    Snoodely 08-19-10
    Snoodely 08-19-10 Member Since 2015
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    "Bring T. Jefferson Parker into your life!"

    I am just beginning to discover T. Jefferson Parker's work; and it makes me happy to see that I have many more of his audiobooks to look forward to. "Silent Joe" -- though old, now -- still holds up to modern listening, and delivers the goods. If you like Michael Connelly's work, then you will enjoy Parker's novels, as well. Like Connelly, Parker writes about Los Angeles -- its seamy underbelly and its corrupt machinations, as well as the way a good human spirit can navigate unscathed through all that corruption and still triumph. Of course, that probably couldn't actually happen in real life -- corruption corrupts -- but in our novels that we listen to for entertainment, we like having the good triumph. That definitely happens in "Silent Joe." The reader, James Daniels, has a nice voice, and does a good job distinguishing the characters from one another, even voicing the female characters -- which male actors sometimes have a hard time portraying on audiobooks -- believably. I recommend "Silent Joe" pretty much without qualification.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-11-10
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 09-11-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Parker is Old Reliable"

    Parker seems to challenge himself with uniquely flawed characters that somehow he has to build a compelling story around. He succeeds again here, with a very solid A- effort, not quite his best, but still a very good story that is very well read.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John C. South Dakota 08-21-11
    John C. South Dakota 08-21-11 Member Since 2006

    Born with earbuds.

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    "Better than the rest . . ."

    All of Parker's books are entertaining, but this book along with "The Fallen" has deeper emotional resonance. The skillfully done first person narration adds to the effect, as does the wide range of themes the book taps into from identity, duty, trust, forgiveness, love, acceptance, etc. Parker, along with Michael Connelly and Stephen Cannell seem to be among the best when it comes to delivering thrillers with literary merit. To quote a catch-phrase from the book: "If you can't be happy, be quiet."

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Derek United States 08-19-11
    Derek United States 08-19-11 Listener Since 2006
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    "Liked it!"

    I really liked this book. It was very well-written - LOVED Parker's prose. Great story told well. I did figure out the ending before we got there, but that just made me feel clever. Maybe Parker's intention all along.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13
    Debbie Toney, Alabama 03-18-13 Member Since 2013

    Retired CFO, Army wife, Mom of five, Grandma of six, two sons who served in combat, love to read books that reflect my values and faith, love mysteries, historical, military stories, and books that don't waste my time . . . if it doesn't have an ending that was worth the wait, I'm not a happy camper.

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    "Politics . . . Crime . . . Law Enforcement"

    Loved this one . . . full of dark mysteries . . . great detail . . . every twist and turn kept me listening . . .

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Cindy United States 04-11-15
    Cindy United States 04-11-15 Member Since 2015

    Say something about yourself!

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    "I agree"

    with the reviewer who praised this book. I also agree that if you like Michael Connelly, you will like this one. Character(s) developed, interesting plot. Only problem, which I was able to fix, was that narrator spoke so fast. I was able to play at 75% of original speed, which slowed it down enough. Also, I would not think anyone the author refers to as "silent" should be read fast.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 09-12-13
    Sharon APPLE VALLEY, CA, United States 09-12-13

    SM.

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    "Heart warming"

    I really enjoyed this novel. It's something different. You can't help but love and admire the main character. The narration was right on. I look forward to reading/listening to more books by T. Jefferson Parker.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    K. Bee Seattle 03-24-13
    K. Bee Seattle 03-24-13 Member Since 2015

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    "A very likeable "Silent Joe""
    Where does Silent Joe rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is a very good book and the character of Joe is refreshing and likeable. If you like books about Orange County, CA, Michael Connolly, or James Lee Burke, you will probably like T. Jefferson Parker and "Silent Joe".


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Joe Trona is tough, somewhat innocent, gallant, and honest. He was cruelly scarred as a baby and seems grateful every day of his life that he was adopted by the Tronas.


    Have you listened to any of James Daniels’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I haven't.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The book was very interesting and well written. I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting and wished there was a series with Joe Trona.


    Any additional comments?

    Great read!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    General Zod Springfield, IL 03-23-14
    General Zod Springfield, IL 03-23-14 Member Since 2013

    Kneel Before Zod!!

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    "It's okay but not great"
    What did you like best about Silent Joe? What did you like least?

    It has a slow pace, and was hard to keep my attention.


    If you’ve listened to books by T. Jefferson Parker before, how does this one compare?

    no


    Which scene was your favorite?

    didn't really have one


    Do you think Silent Joe needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    yes


    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    melissa 03-05-12
    melissa 03-05-12 Member Since 2010
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    "I get why this won the Edgar!"
    Would you listen to Silent Joe again? Why?

    Yes, lots of subtle character relationships, smart writing that engages the listener to enter the complete world and put things together for himself. Fascinating interactions.


    Which character – as performed by James Daniels – was your favorite?

    The narrator is a nuanced talent. Many characters and they are so well differentiated that it sounds like multiple voices. Smooth and professional presentation.


    Any additional comments?

    After several listens I have been impressed by how well the author ties everything together with

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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