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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.
I agree with other reviewers that Joe's character seems a little overboard. In California, Joe would be on disability for the rest of his life. He would almost not be allowed to work, and the Sheriff's department would have found a way to never let him in to the academy with his "disability".
I cannot get over, however, the misspellings and the many, many "run on" sentences. Perhaps a hundred or more PERIODS are missing at the end of sentences.
I have read many T. Jefferson Parker books, and cannot fathom how a successful, widely read author could or would let something like this out in the public domain. I have had 4-5 versions of Microsoft Word, and every one of them would have found the misspellings, and later versions could have found sentences without end. I know Parker did not write this without PERIODS, so who is to blame?
Joe earns Will' s complete confidence and acts as his chauffeur, and bodyguard.Will needs him close while he conducts his risky "night" business.
Will acts as a"go-between" to deliver money on behalf of a rich man for the return of his kidnapped daughter and is killed.Joe tries to rescue the daughter who manage to escape while Joe is battling his Will' s killers.
Soon ransom demands from the kidnapper begin and Joe is hired to track him down again. A sub plot involving the death of an illegal at the gate of the rich man's mansion further involves Joe into deeper investigation of the rich man especially concerning the dead man's sister who once was employed at the mansion as a house keeper.
As if Joe did'n t have enough on his plate he is invited to give give a radio interview at a college. The interviewer is a beautiful young women who Joe falls for and they begin a relationship.
Joe has stepped on a lot of big toes in his quest to find his father's killers. Parker does a masterful job of weaving all of the characters and subplots towards a surprising ending. Joe faces real danger from crooked politicians, gang members, rich men with dark secrets, and finally a painful reunion with his past.
It is no wonder that this best selling novel was given the Edgar award. I wish I could give it more than 5 Stars.
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Parker has a lot of potential. Too many characters to remember. Good describing characters and locations.Read more