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Product Details

  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio; Unabridged edition (February 21, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9781590869802
  • ISBN-13: 978-1590869802
  • ASIN: 159086980X
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6.5 x 6.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,480,700 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. At the dramatic start of Parker's excellent 13th novel (after 2004's California Girl), San Diego homicide detective Robbie Brownlaw suffers a head trauma that causes his senses to get mixed up. The sounds of conversations, for example, are accompanied by colored shapes that reflect the speakers' emotions. But the confusion turns into an asset, as it helps Brownlaw recognize when suspects and witnesses are lying to him—and he encounters lots of falsehoods when he begins investigating the case of Garrett Asplundh, shot dead while waiting for a meeting with his estranged wife. As an investigator for the San Diego Ethics Authority Enforcement Unit, Asplundh had uncovered a widespread corruption scandal—and unleashed plenty of enemies, including city officials, a financier and a purveyor of high-priced call girls. The suspense is palpable as Brownlaw and his partner, McKenzie Cortez, work to identify Asplundh's killer, but the novel probes deeper mysteries, such as the victim's tragic life and Brownlaw's disintegrating marriage. With his trademark psychological acuity and empathy, Parker creates a world of fully realized characters coping with obsession and loss. The winner of two Edgars for best novel, Parker could well earn a third with this compelling effort.
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From Bookmarks Magazine

Although critics could not decide whether Brownlaw's synesthesia was a gimmicky element or not, they agreed that The Fallen is a riveting read—perhaps, claimed a few, not as good as the Edgar Award?winning California Girl and Silent Joe, but nearly so. This stand-alone classic police procedural, replete with its portrait of big-city crime and power-hungry politicians, follows a recognizable storyline. However, its lively writing, well-paced plot, rounded characters (from call girls to shady politicians), and twists stand out. Though he hasn't achieved the fame of Michael Connelly or George Pelecanos yet, Parker belongs "in the first rank of American crime novelists" (Washington Post).

Copyright © 2004 Phillips & Nelson Media, 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 20 crime novels, including Edgar Award-winners Silent Joe and California Girl. Parker's next work is a literary novel, Full Measure, to be published in October. He lives with his family in Southern California.

Customer Reviews

I found it slow and plodding, without much by way of a plot.
Tight and well written it move the story line along at a fast pace and keep the suspense going.
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I found it solidly written with interesting characters and a tightly plotted story.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Craig VINE VOICE on March 4, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Like the reviewer before me, I won't bother with rehashing the plot. Suffice to say that our hero is a cop working a tough case.

What seperates this from so many police procedurals is Parker's writing, and his ability to present characters as multidimensional. Robbie Brownlaw presents one face to the world, but Parker lets the reader know - without being obvious or heavy-handed - just how complex a person he is, and he makes it seem like everyone has those complexities even if they're not always noticed.

There were 2 facets to this novel that I think could have really harmed the book in the hands of a lesser writer. The first is the manner in which Robbie's ability manifests itself, which I believe would have been beaten to death by many authors. The second is the subplot involving Robbie and Gina's marital troubles. I've read many police procedurals where the personal relationships seem created for nothing more than filling pages, but this isn't one of them. For one thing, their discussions and problems are about as believable as any I've ever read in a novel. Secondly, the problems with Gina are the perfect vehicle for Robbie to use in his own self-examination, which adds greatly to his appeal and that of the book.

Parker has already won a couple of Edgar awards, and it's easy to see why when you read this one. Great story and a terrific writer, probably the best book I've read so far this year.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By L. E. Cantrell VINE VOICE on October 29, 2007
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Fallen" is a San Diego-based police procedural (sort of). On the first page of the book, we are told that the protagonist--for I find it very hard to think of him as a hero in any meaningful way--of the book, policeman Robbie Brownlaw, had been tossed out of a sixth floor window by a man he had attempted to save from a fire. Against all reasonable expectations, Brownlaw had survived his fall. Before long, we are told the same thing again, and a few pages farther on, again, and then again and yet again.

From the drum-like repetition of this scene, for the first, oh, say 340 pages of this 369 page paperback novel, I innocently assumed that the title of the book referred to Brownlaw, the man who had fallen out of a window. Thereafter it becomes increasingly clear that the title refers to the individual set up to take the fall as the villain of the piece, the one who has fallen from honor, from truth and from grace is, and always was "The Fallen."

Some Amazon reviewers have praised this book as well-written and well-characterized. I don't see it. In this first person novel, Brownlaw is as endlessly introspective as he is utterly imperceptive. He is a man who knows not joy nor anger nor hate, save as words on a Scrabble board. He goes on and on about love, but love to him is a sort of tepid, passive possessiveness. He is, in fact, a classic portrayal of the kind of person characterized in Yiddish (or as Leo Rosten would say, in Ynglish) as a "nudzh." And everybody else in the book is something of a nudzh, too.

All this is, in its way, a moderately impressive accomplishment, but it is not, I am sure, an accomplishment at which author Parker aimed.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Bookreporter on March 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
T. Jefferson Parker has been an A-List author of crime fiction almost since his first novel, LAGUNA HEAT, was published. With each subsequent book, Parker has demonstrated that not only is he better than anyone could anticipate but also that perhaps the depth of his talent has yet to be plumbed. This observation isn't prompted by any deficiency in his new novel; on the contrary, THE FALLEN goes places that Parker has not gone before.

Parker's penchant for bringing a flawed, quirky, but ultimately upright protagonist to the party is present again in this novel with the introduction of Robbie Brownlaw. Brownlaw is an immediately likable character, a police officer who achieved his five minutes of fame as the result of miraculously surviving a rescue effort that went dramatically wrong. Brownlaw does, however, sustain physical trauma, leaving him with synesthesia. Synesthesia is a neurological condition that results in a mixing or blending of the senses; it is a rare condition, and there is some controversy within the medical field as to whether it exists at all.

In Brownlaw's case, he occasionally sees shapes and colors when people speak and has learned that these shapes and colors can reflect the emotions and intent of the speaker. This is quite a tool for a police officer, and a lesser writer than Parker would have made the book's conclusion hinge on Brownlaw's neurological lie detector catching the bad guy in a climactic gathering of suspects. But no; Parker uses Brownlaw's condition as an important, but not all-inclusive, element of the story, one that helps propel the already fascinating story without carrying the entire weight of it.

And what of the story?
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you enjoy homicide detective procedurals, you're not going to be disappointed in this one. The writing is crisp, the plot is tight and well-crafted, and the characters involved are intriguing.

The Fallen is the first novel by T. Jefferson Parker I've read. As I did so, I felt myself feeling kind of envious of those who have been in the loop on this fine writer all along. I bought this book based on the fact that the author has already won two Edgars, one award that consistently directs you to the creme de la creme of talent. I was not disappointed.

I was also intrigued by the notion of a detective who sees colors corresponding to the emotions of people when they talk. I wondered how Parker would pull off a device like that. It turns out, he used a light hand in developing something that could have easily been overdone, and he made it quite believable that someone could actually have this ability. It worked!

I was not disappointed in this book at all. There's lots of intrigue and strange situations, including the Squeaky Clean Prostitution ring whose class AAA prostitutes are required to drive around in VW convertible Cabriolets. This is an excellent book for curling up with in the evening, or for whiling a way a lazy weekend. Have fun!
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