- Hardcover: 336 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (February 28, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060562382
- ISBN-13: 978-0060562380
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 77 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,558,915 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Although critics could not decide whether Brownlaw's synesthesia was a gimmicky element or not, they agreed that The Fallen is a riveting readperhaps, 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).
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Top customer reviews
This novel was slow-paced, which should not be mistaken for dull. It was anything but dull. It captured and held the reader's interest, while giving the reader time to savor the nuances of character and plot. Sometimes one wants a well-written but mindless, fast-paced thriller, and sometimes one is in the mood for a well-written book that takes its time and makes one think. "Fallen" was the latter.
Solid plot, intriguing charcters and good, crisp writing make this a book easy to recommend.