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The Jaguar [Paperback]

T. Jefferson Parker
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17 May 2012
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 turn out to be 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. As the mesmerizing music and lyrics of Erin's song cascade from the jungle hideout, they serve as a siren song to the two men who love Erin: her outlaw husband, Bradley Jones, and the lawman Charlie Hood - who together have the power to rescue her. Here, amid the ancient beauty of the Yucatecan lowland, the long-simmering rivalry between these men will be brought closer to its explosive finale.

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sandstone Press Ltd (17 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1905207921
  • ISBN-13: 978-1905207923
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 18.6 x 24.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 939,898 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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T. Jefferson Parker is a New York Times Best Selling Author. He was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He wrote his first novel, Laguna Heat, while working as a journalist covering crime and culture for the Newport Ensign. Laguna Heat received rave reviews, was produced as a movie and made the New York Times Best Seller list. His following novels, all located in sunny, southern California, also received rave reviews, have appeared on many best seller lists, and been awarded many prizes. His writing has been described as 'potent and irresistible' (L.A. Times) and 'resonant, literate and powerful' (Kirkus).

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By Deep Reader VINE VOICE
At last T Jefferson Parker is being published in Britain and Ireland. For many years he has been referenced as one of the finest of American crime writers with Charlie Hood as one of the most interesting characters. With a new turn introduced to the series readers will quickly find themselves drawn in and absorbed. The action is quick. The violence is hard. The women are self-reliant and beautiful, and the dialogue sharp. Enter T Jefferson Parker's world of narco-crime and tough justice. Pretty soon you'll be back for more. A great read! The Sea Detective Dregs The Sister
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4.0 out of 5 stars A good hard to put down read. 26 May 2014
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I liked the way this was written. Never too sure how it was going to end.
When it did end it seemed a bit sudden.
I like the author and his style.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad 17 Jan 2014
By Christian VINE VOICE
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I had really low expectations of this book; I hadn't read any other books of the series and the plot synopsis seemed not to be my cup of tea. As I started reading it I did start to realise that there were other books and thus a backstory which I did feel that I had missed out on.

But I just didn't stop reading it.

The scenes are well told and carefully researched leaving really vivid pictures that can be enjoyed and dismayed by in equal measures. The book split the narrative nicely in the middle which lead to more questions about what resolution would be reached and how which kept me guessing.

Ultimately it was a decent read; though I'm not rushing out to buy any of the other books in the series, I would pick it up from a library.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Quality Work from a Quality Author 18 Nov 2013
By G. J. Oxley TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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T. Jefferson Parker wrote 'Silent Joe' which won the Edgar award for best novel a few years back, so my minimum expectation was that this would be a well-written, entertaining work, if not quite up to the standard of the previously mentioned volume. And indeed it is an enjoyable read, though not without its faults, but definitely superior to the other book of Mr. Parker's that I've read - the disappointing 'California Girl'.

It's the fifth part of the Charlie Hood series, and although I'd never encountered this particular sequence of novels previously, I didn't feel too much of a disadvantage when reading this. And, if you're interested, Parker has since published the sixth volume this year, enitled 'The Famous and the Dead'.

'The Jaguar' kicks off with the kidnap of a talented singer/songwiter named Erin McKenna, who happens to be newly-wed to
Bradley Jones, a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy. Jones is in bed (so to speak) with some pretty powerful drugs guys, but naturally, he wants his beautiful wife back.

It soon becomes obvious who the kidnapper is and he's asking for a million bucks or he'll skin the lovely Erin alive.

T.J.(if I may call him that) seems to me to be a take him or leave him kind of author. I found myself liking this book quite a lot, but it certainly won't suit all tastes. For a start it may seem to the causal reader to be 'a bit all over the place' stylistically, but I'd advise anyone who's begun reading it and maybe thinking of abandoning the book, to stick with it: it's ultimately a very good, suspensful read.
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