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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 423 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Paperbacks (April 6, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312927924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312927929
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.3 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,661 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Parker's powerful story of murder and police corruption--a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection in cloth--features sparkling, tough prose in the hard-boiled tradition of Chandler and MacDonald.
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

The author of Laguna Heat (LJ 9/1/85) again combines generous detail, heartfelt characterization, and impressive language in an outstanding, memorable, and magnetic work. John Weir, an ex-sheriff's department employee, and brother-in-law Raymond battle corrupt police, development-at-all-cost advocates, and a known sex offender when they try to find the murderer of John's beloved sister. Splayed against the coastal community of Newport Beach, California, where old-time residents hope to elect a "slow-growth" candidate, their investigation reveals ever-deeper layers of deception. This exciting, multidimensional plot should grab even the most demanding mystery reader.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

T. Jefferson Parker is the bestselling author of numerous novels, including Storm Runners and The Fallen. Alongside Dick Francis and James Lee Burke, Parker is one of only three writers to be awarded the Edgar Award for Best Novel more than once. Parker lives with his family in Southern California.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Bobbewig TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on June 9, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Having read many of Parker's more recent books, I decided to read Pacific Beat, which was his third book written in 1991. This book clearly demonstrates that even early-on in his career Parker had a strong talent for creating intricate plots, rich characters, lots of atmosphere and believable, tough prose. Pacific Beat is a story of murder and corruption in Newport Beach, CA, and, in typical Parker fashion, has some interesting plot twists and a surprising ending. Two factors, however, kept me from giving this book a 5-star rating (and almost caused me to lower my rating to 3 1/2 stars). One, and the bigger of the two factors, is that it is a little too long and tended to drag at times. For me, this problem would have been overcome, if it was about 50 pages or so shorter. The second factor is that a few of the surprises seemed a bit too contrived. While not Parker's best book (which to me is Where Serpents Lie), Pacific Beat is worth reading.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By SandyCeren on March 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
A beautifully written sensitive portrayal of characters and relationships woven into a good story. One of the best in this genre. Parker has hooked me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By DWD's Reviews TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 22, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
So, why not an A?

For my tastes, it was a little too dark and a little too slow. Sometimes it felt like some of the plot twists were forced on the reader by way of surprise information (to the reader) that all of the characters already knew about, such as the many connections between the land developer and the local politicians.

On the other hand, I was surprised by the ending which, despite the slow parts in the rest of the book, just flew by.

Strong character development, good use of false leads. Solid, solid work.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Janet Hedberg on June 15, 2002
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I loved this book! Icouldn't wait to finish it,but didn't want it to end. It is the first book I've read by T.J. Parker and I am looking forward to reading them all.Pacific Beat has suspense, good, evil and a dash of love as well. I hope I enjoy Parkers' other novels as much.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peggy Stone on April 2, 2009
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Ultimately, I enjoyed this book a lot less than I thought I was going to. I enjoyed the details and the characterization, until the latter began to fall apart. People intended to be sympathetic just don't come across that way (I really kept wondering why everyone thought Ann was so wonderful, when she was consistently anything but - and to say I didn't get the appeal of the hero's old flame is putting it mildly), and the ending.... Well, it's difficult to say much without giving away spoilers, but the ending ruined the book for me in terms of enjoyment. It was clever in a technical sense, but not very believable when added to all the misdirection. Ultimately, I just don't like the kinds of mysteries where everyone ultimately rings false and everyone has dark secrets, especially when you are drawn into what you think is the decency of at least some of the characters.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Peter on August 18, 2008
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Jefferson Parker has talent, he writes in the Ross MacDonald manner which is great but he really needs to shorten the books a bit. This one went for 450 pages and I think 300 pages would have been more than enough.

The lead character has just returned from Mexico after a hellish trip there (not too sure why there was a need to push being falsely accused and thrown into jail then mysteriously released, if you aren't going to explain what happened with the release) and is catching up with his family. That night his sister is found murdered.

The novel is based on the mystery of what happened to the sister and in the best private eye tradition, there are deep dark secrets going back many years that come to light during the course of the book.

It is not a bad book just dragged so much.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 12, 2000
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"Pacific Beat" is T. Jefferson Parker's best book to date. It is filled with suspense, the characters are real and believable, and it is very well written. The ending is sure to surprise! An excellent example of what crime fiction can be when it's in the hands of those like T. Jefferson Parker.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By nobizinfla on December 12, 2002
Format: Hardcover
"Pacific Beat" by T. Jefferson Parker is a strong book that I thought a bit too long. He is one of the most descriptive writers (Sample passages: "The silver limousine appeared in the fog as if born from it." "They say we have our memories, thought Jim, but really our memories have us.") and sometimes gets carried away---slowing down the plot movement.
Excellent suspense and a terrific overall plot---with fully fleshed out characters.
As usual, Orange County is a major character. This time it appears someone is dumping chemicals in the harbor. This could ruin property values and allow developers an [inexpensive] price, permitting them to raze everything and create some pricey real estate.
Uncovering a murderer seems to be a major key to locating the illegal waste disposers. I dismissed the murderer as a suspect early on and fell for most of the false leads.
It is a good book that would be great if shorter and more to the point. It's not a page-turner.
T. Jeff is a wonderful writer and storyteller.
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