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3.0 out of 5 starsSurprise, the supremacists lose.
Reviewed in the United States on August 12, 2018
It's well written and absorbing but I give it a three owing to the depiction of a patriot group that, like all of them, is militantly white supremacist and has extraordinary finance resources to possess its own citadel and a regiment sized army with advanced technology. The male protagonist, a journalist, is crash-trained by two FBI agents, one a super-equal woman of course, to penetrate the target base and bring down its leader with evidence of his complicity in a woman's murder. She was close to the journalist, a disqualifier due to the potential blown cover, and the male FBI agent. The journalist runs miles, shoots thousands of bullets, and is slammed all over the place by the male and female agents in close combat training and becomes adept in weeks with no risk of the FBI realizing his unauthorized mission. Of course the mad white supremacist leader has a beautiful daughter with whom the hero walks a tightrope between success and deadly compromise. You know all along the good guys win and the fanatics lose and patriotic Americans get branded as their ilk. Most of the crime novel formula bases are touched including the masculinized FBI woman who makes her male trainee grovel beaten at close combat as easily as the male agent and the FBI myth of super machine killers goes on. Psst, they're ordinary humans that learn police procedures and investigation. I've seen some. Meanwhile, watch those conservative views. You might be one of those supremacists.
On a rainy day, Rebecca Harris is shot to death at long range in the parking lot of the southern California newspaper where she works as the assistant to a liberal columnist. It quickly becomes apparent that Harris was almost certainly not the intended target. Rather, it was the columnist herself who had antagonized large numbers of conservative readers with her outspoken opinions.
Rebecca leaves in her wake a tangled emotional mess, including her fiance, Josh Weinstein, an FBI agent, and her lover John Menden, a fellow newspaperman. At the time of her death, Rebecca was in the process of leaving Josh for Menden. Both men are devastated by her loss, and Weinstein is naturally further hurt and angered by her betrayal. Menden responds to the tragedy by quitting his job, withdrawing from society, and taking another job at a tiny newspaper out in the boondocks. Josh's response is to throw himself into the task of finding Rebecca's killer.
Weinstein ultimately concludes that the killer is the powerful head of a private security company--a former FBI agent himself who went off the rails when his son was killed and his wife critically injured in a shooting incident. The ex-agent was infuriated by a series of columns written by Rachel's boss suggesting that his son was a rapist, hence the botched attempt to kill her.
The problem is that Josh does not have enough evidence to charge the killer and so, in a bizarre twist, he recruits Menden, Rebecca's lover, to go under cover and get it. The two men will put aside their feelings about each other in the larger interest of catching the man who killed the woman they both loved.
This is a very good book that keeps the reader on edge, particularly after John infiltrates the killer's inner circle. The tension rises not only over the issue of whether John will survive long enough succeed but also over the lingering question about whether Josh might still want to ultimately punish Menden for stealing Rebecca's heart. Another winner from T. Jefferson Parker.
3.0 out of 5 starsGood writer, having a bad month -- or at least, a mediocre month.
Reviewed in the United States on July 13, 2018
I'm something of a fan of T. Jefferson Parker but I didn't consider this one of his better offerings. Some of the events engaged in by law enforcement seemed to me unrealistic and over-elaborate, as well as creating a substantial risk to the public. I know it's only a crime novel and not classical literature, but I prefer stories that stick closer to real-life situations and believable actions by the lead characters.
Reviewed in the United States on December 15, 2013
I like T. Jefferson Parker's novels. This one, an earlier novel from the 90's, is just strange, for lack of a better word. There are pages and pages of exposition that tend to slow down the momentum.
Also, the verb tense jumps all over the place, from present to past, sometimes in the same paragraph. Barry Hannah used this technique, and the reader understood that it was intentional. Maybe Parker was experimenting here, but in many passages, it just doesn't work, and it almost seems like careless writing--or possibly, a bad editor (?).
Anyway, like other reviewers have said, hang in there. The action heats up eventually, and there's a good payoff. Parker is a good storyteller.
Reviewed in the United States on September 15, 2017
I have read quite a few of TJ Parkers books and I have loved every one of them. I was very disappointed in this one in fact so much so that I stopped reading one third of the way thru it. It was very slow featuring very boring characters who I could care less about what happens to them.