Charlie Hood

6 books in series
3.5 out of 5 stars 204 ratings

L.A. Outlaws 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.

©2008 T. Jefferson Parker (P)2007 Brilliance Audio
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  • Book 1

    • L.A. Outlaws

    • A Charlie Hood Novel #1
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci, Susan Ericksen
    • Length: 11 hrs and 17 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 60
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 33
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 32

    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.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Disappointing on too many levels

    • By bonnie on 10-18-08

    Regular price: $25.87

  • Book 2

    • The Renegades

    • A Charlie Hood Novel #2
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 10 hrs and 44 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 39
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 16
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 18

    Some say that outlaws no longer exist, that the true spirit of the American West died with the legendary bandits of pulp novels and bedtime stories. Charlie Hood knows that nothing could be further from the truth. These days he patrols vast stretches of the new American West, not on horseback but in his cruiser. The outlaws may not carry six-shooters, but they're strapped all the same.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Unremarkable addition to the genre

    • By bonnie on 03-03-10

    Regular price: $24.49

  • Book 3

    • Iron River

    • A Charlie Hood Novel #3
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 44
    • Performance
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 17

    This time around, Hood is running the California-Mexico border with the ATF, searching for the iron river - the massive and illegal flow of handguns and automatic weapons that fuels the bloody cartel wars south of the border. Gunrunners by nature aren't exactly ethical, but the lengths they'll go to, and the innocent lives they'll risk, are shocking even to Hood. Most shocking of all is the close personal connection Hood finds wrapped up in events south of the border - a connection that shakes him to his core.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Boring

    • By Johanna on 10-24-10

    Regular price: $27.29

  • Book 4

    • The Border Lords

    • A Charlie Hood Novel #4
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 12 hrs and 22 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 11
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 11

    ATF agent Sean Ozburn is deep undercover, supporting the sicarios of the North Baja Cartel, when he suddenly goes completely dark, leaving Charlie Hood and the support team from Operation Blowdown with a safe house full of bodies and no explanation. Sean’s only communication in the following days consists of a series of haunting digital videos sent to his desperately worried wife, Seliah.

    • 1 out of 5 stars
    • Parker misses with this one, really boring.

    • By Charles on 01-31-11

    Regular price: $29.99

  • Book 5

    • The Jaguar

    • A Charlie Hood Novel #5
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 12 hrs and 31 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 19
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 18
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 17

    Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands are as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that records the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have populated Mexican history for generations. Under the threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story - in music - and write “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.”

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Likely my last Charlie Hood novel...

    • By N on 01-18-12

    Regular price: $23.09

  • Book 6

    • The Famous and the Dead

    • Charlie Hood, Book 6
    • By: T. Jefferson Parker
    • Narrated by: David Colacci
    • Length: 13 hrs and 45 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 21
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 21

    Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the Iron River that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The diamond fillings he wears in his left canine glimmer, distracting the men who sell the illegal firearms that enable the unspeakable violence on both sides of the map. Spotting the sparkle when “Charlie Diamonds” opens his mouth is often their first step toward life behind bars.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Dead-end for the series . . .

    • By John C. on 05-03-13

    Regular price: $13.99