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The Blue Hour | [T. Jefferson Parker]

The Blue Hour

Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentence - his own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her. Together, they must track down a psychopathic killer who's been abducting beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County.
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Publisher's Summary

Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentence - his own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her....
Together, they must track down a psychopathic killer who's been abducting beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County. Dubbed the "Purse Snatcher" for the chilling way he brags about his shockingly distinctive crimes, he is one of T. Jefferson Parker's most original creations.

©2000 T. Jefferson Parker; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page-turner. There are leaks, leads, false leads, and an express train of an ending. Within the crackling tale, a quieter current carries an unforeseen and ill-starred love affair. A man much praised doesn't need more encomiums; T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets." (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Parker's best - and that's a major statement considering his track record." (Chicago Tribune)

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    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-24-10
    Jan Galax, VA, United States 03-24-10 Member Since 2002
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    "Outstanding book, exceptional reader"

    I've read most Parker books, he's generally very, very good with an occasional clunker. This is not one of them. The story starts slow with two characters that are initially unlikeable, but gains momentum throughout. I found myself marveling at the complexity of the police work as the two detectives chase the bad guy.

    I've not heard the reader before. I'll say that very good readers - Scott Brick and Dick Hill come to mind - often have me admiring their range of voices or accents. Exceptional readers, though, seem to deliver the book directly to your brain without you even noticing that it's being read - it's seamless, flawless, always in character and compelling. That was Tavia Gilbert.

    Overall, the last ten minutes are a bit superfluous and a bit corny, but it was great ride getting there and this is one book I'm sorry had to end.

    10 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Chanille 08-10-15
    Chanille 08-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "very bad"

    Bad storyline. Unlikeable main character. Terrible narrator. Very disappointing. Will not purchase this author again.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Allen Anthony 08-04-15 Member Since 2013

    Old guy living in sunny south texas

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    "Sometimes you find a prize"

    Good character blend and unlikely relationships.
    Teaching life lessons and learning to give in order to earn respect. I enjoyer the book maybe this isn't the best book on audible but it is better than many I have chosen to listen, both the reader and author turned s good piece of work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sandra 07-31-15
    Sandra 07-31-15

    Retired high school English teacher. I liked and worked with the at-risk student. Interested in about everything, but I love a good story.

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    "Fascinating plot line"

    Tried this because it was on sale. enjoyed the plot line and construction as well as the characters. The only drawback was the narrator. I found it difficult to pay attention to the voice for any extended length of time. It may have been the tone of voice, the speed of narration, or something else. I'm going to find this and purchase the print version.

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    Barry 03-26-15
    Barry 03-26-15
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    "Disappointed in story flow and narration"
    Would you try another book from T. Jefferson Parker and/or Tavia Gilbert?

    Probably not


    What do you think your next listen will be?

    Harlan Coben


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Nothing against women narrators, but the main character Tim Hess is supposed to be a gruff, seasoned detective and hearing a woman try and do his voice did not do it justice. I just feel the main character and the narrator probably need to be the same gender.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    The story had promise, but there were too many things that distracted from the story.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynda 07-11-15
    Lynda 07-11-15

    rather read than eat

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    "Which highway are you on?"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The ending of the first loves


    What could T. Jefferson Parker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    stay on track. This book was all over the place. I didn't not is someone had special powers or just smart. I like the story line for the killer but the others you could tell if you missed a part.


    Did Tavia Gilbert do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    YES


    If this book were a movie would you go see it?

    no


    Any additional comments?

    I was happy this was on sell.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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