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Silent Joe Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 2002
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Scarred for life by a brutal father, Joe Trona found a safe haven and a loving childhood in the home of the couple who adopted him. Now he spends his days as a deputy for the Orange County sheriff's department and his nights as a driver and aide to Will Trona, the influential politician who rescued him from the Hillside Children's Home. An expert in firearms and the martial arts, Joe has been backing Will up for a long time. Still, his skill isn't enough to keep Will alive, and when his father is killed right in front of Joe's eyes, the young deputy vows to avenge him. But first he must find out how the kidnapping of a tycoon's daughter, a scam to line the pockets of Will Trona's political enemies, the murder of two Guatemalan immigrants, the unholy activities of a charismatic minister who's a close friend of the Trona family, and the strange alliance of two rival L.A. gangs are connected to Will's death.
Every secret Joe uncovers leads deeper into his beloved father's murky past and ultimately his own. But the reader stays right with this extraordinary man as he battles his demons and ultimately vanquishes them. Author T. Jefferson Parker (The Blue Hour, Red Light, Laguna Heat) is one of the best thriller writers working today. Fans of Michael Connelly and Dennis Lehane--and Raymond Chandler, for that matter--will appreciate Parker's ability to create a complex, fascinating, and fully realized hero whose inner reality is brilliantly revealed by his actions. Will Trona is an equally intriguing invention; while ultimately he is an enigma, we remain convinced that he is worthy of his son's devotion. Silent Joe is a mindful, intelligent novel you can't put down. It should break Parker out with the really big boys of mystery fiction, the million-sellers with the marquee names. In fact, he's a much better writer than most of them, and unlike many, he never tells the same story twice. --Jane Adams --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
arker (Red Light) lowers the volume from his usual roar and adds a subtle backbeat to this bittersweet thriller about a man's anguished search for his father's killer. Joe Trona is a dutiful son, but horrible facial scars have made him an outcast. He lived in an orphanage until he was adopted at five by Will Trona, a powerful politician in Southern California's Orange County. As a hulking teenager and later as a young man, Joe became Will's right-hand man running errands, extracting revenge on enemies, protecting his flank all the while living a lonely life because of his disfigurement. One night, Joe drops his guard for a moment, and Will is gunned down. Despite aggressive investigations by the FBI and sheriff's department, Joe seeks his own vengeance. He starts sifting through his father's life and gradually discovers that Will brokered secret deals, blackmailed enemies, had extramarital affairs and in his final days appeared to be involved in the kidnapping of an 11-year-old girl. Joe's investigation becomes a personal voyage, casting light on the dark corners of his own past and allowing him to start overcoming the crushing indignity that his injury has forced him to endure. Capped by a violent yet poignant finale, the plot is loaded with familiar Parker themes a faithless government, the heavy hand of big business and the corruption of the wealthy. Parker's tone, however, is more pensive this time. He crafts an intricately layered story reaching beyond his usual domain into more personal territory, at times evoking the work of Ross MacDonald. (Apr. 25)Forecast: A teaser chapter in the paperback of L.A. Times bestseller Red Light, a $150,000 marketing campaign and a five-city author tour will speak up for what is perhaps Parker's most ambitious work to date.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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"I shouldn't have gone out with him in me first place."
"I heard fee band start..."
"She looked at me, then up at fee lights"
"Was John Gaylen in contact wife Alex Blazak"
The word "the" is a frequent problem in the book. I assume "wife" in the last example should be "with", although it took me an embarrassingly long time to figure that out.
I enjoyed the book in spite of all that and will read more by Mr. Parker.
character development, all that! 1 star for editing, typos, what
a mess. I so wanted to give this a 1 star rating, but I couldn't
bring myself to do it, just for the editing. We're not in college
where every thing counts. This review is just that, a review, as
well as a personal observation about his main characters (based on
I like everything this guy writes & this story, while long (too
long for me), is no exception. I'm not done with it yet, but I'll
finish it) had SO many typos & poor editing, just plain SLOPPPPY!
What in the world was up with that?
Main character was sure different than any I've see in any novel.
Author gets a big attaboy for developing the kind or protagonist
he did. Very unusual main character. There were moments how-
ever, when the main character didn't seem entirely real. I have
a hunch that's what Parker intended. The story is otherwise too
well crafted to intentionally develop the kind of character he did.
I live not far from the site of action, Orange County, CA., & he
got that right. He essentially mixed truth with some fantasy.
Some of the events he refers to actually did take place, he just
changed the names. I find it interesting & telling, at least for
me personally, that he had as much assistance as he did from the
former Sheriff-Coroner of Orange County, California, Mike Carona.
That just blew me away. He seems to have paid homage to him by
naming Will & Joe with the last name of Trona (Will being a sub
character & Joe being the main character in this story). It just
goes to show you, some times good people turn bad & still main-
tain positive & motivating characteristics. Poor guy sure got
lots of really bad press, so I saw a different side of the
former Sheriff. Says something about the way Parker sees people;
I'll give him credit for that as well, since he was able to
obscure my negative view of Mr. Carona.
So far, this is a teriffic read & I absolutely recommend anything
Parker writes. I read last night until 3:30 AM & it sure messed
up my day today, slept till 11 AM. No more of that!
Just get a good proof reader/editor, use spell check, do some
thing about the sloppy editing; it truly takes away from an
otherwise good read.
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So, so, so good!