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Publisher Comments:

Detective Merci Rayborn is back! From the bestselling, Edgar-nominated author comes a new novel crackling with murder, love, betrayal — and marking the highly anticipated return of detective Merci Rayborn.

Welcome to a cat and mouse game that only bestselling novelist T. Jefferson Parker could script. A beautiful young woman is dead in the bathroom of her home. Her husband — a promising young cop named Archie Wildcraft — is shot in the head but still alive. It looks like an attempted murder/suicide, but something tells Detective Merci Rayborn that there's more to the story. When the suspect vanishes from his hospital bed, he draws Merci into a manhunt that leaves the entire department questioning her abilities and her judgment. Is Archie's flight the act of a ruined mind, or a faithful heart? Is his account of the night his wife was murdered half-formed memory, or careful manipulation? Merci and Wildcraft head for a collision in a dizzying succession of cryptic clues, terrifying secrets, and painful truths. This sharp new thriller will satisfy Parker fans across the country — and leave first-time readers clamoring for more.

Review:

"Parker...writes at the top of his form....He juggles skeins of emotions (if you don't like sentiment, introspection and reflectiveness, this is not your kind of book) and lets them make sense even when they don't." Eugen Weber, Los Angeles Times Book Review

Review:

"[Rayborn is] remains a fascinating (if somewhat distressing) character to watch....Though lacking the kind of explosive finale that marks most of Parker's novels, this latest is a showcase for mood, setting and pace." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Merci is so perversely enjoyable that Parker could probably spin his color-coded series all the way to vermilion." People

Review:

"Parker scores again with a heroine whose steely toughness is leavened by warmth and vulnerability. It's a pleasure to spend time with her." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"[A]n excellent crime novel driven by Parker's recurrent theme of loss and isolation through illness or injury....A thoughtful, multilayered tale in which crime is a catalyst rather than the centerpiece." Wes Lukowsky, Booklist

Review:

"Parker has written another winner....[A]n exciting and fast-paced plot and interesting and complex characters..." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Merci Rayborn, T. Jefferson Parker's stubborn, principled Orange County detective, is almost alone in believing that deputy Archie Wildcraft didn't kill his beautiful young wife and then turn his service weapon on himself. The evidence against Wildcraft--now hospitalized with a bullet lodged in his head--seems overwhelming. But Merci, who's still unpopular for exposing an old police scandal that caused the death of one cop and the ruination of others (The Blue Hour), is resisting pressure from her boss and a headline-hunting D.A. to arrest Wildcraft and charge him with murder. Then the deputy, who's lost his memory and maybe his mind as a result of his injury, goes missing from his hospital room, intent on tracking down the real killers and managing to stay a step ahead of Merci. Soon, they both begin to realize that Gwen Wildcraft wasn't killed because she got in the way of an attempted hit on her husband--it was the other way around. Parker, whose skills at characterization are as well honed as his expert pacing and intricate plotting, has penned another standout that will keep readers guessing and gasping until the last dramatic page. --Jane Adams

About the Author

T. Jefferson Parker is the award-winning author of nine previous novels, including Silent Joe, The Blue Hour, and Red Light--which was nominated for an Edgar Award for best novel. He lives in Fallbrook, California.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780786868049
Subtitle:
A Merci Rayborn Novel
Author:
Parker, T. Jefferson
Publisher:
Hachette Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Women Sleuths
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
Policewomen
Subject:
Orange County
Subject:
Rayborn, Merci
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Edition Description:
Mass market paperback
Series Volume:
no. 4
Publication Date:
April 2002
Binding:
Hardcover
Grade Level:
from 8 up to 17
Language:
English
Pages:
416
Dimensions:
9.48x6.36x1.08 in. 1.27 lbs.
Age Level:
from 13 up to 99

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Product details 416 pages Hyperion Books - English 9780786868049 Reviews:
"Review" by , "Parker...writes at the top of his form....He juggles skeins of emotions (if you don't like sentiment, introspection and reflectiveness, this is not your kind of book) and lets them make sense even when they don't."
"Review" by , "[Rayborn is] remains a fascinating (if somewhat distressing) character to watch....Though lacking the kind of explosive finale that marks most of Parker's novels, this latest is a showcase for mood, setting and pace."
"Review" by , "Merci is so perversely enjoyable that Parker could probably spin his color-coded series all the way to vermilion."
"Review" by , "Parker scores again with a heroine whose steely toughness is leavened by warmth and vulnerability. It's a pleasure to spend time with her."
"Review" by , "[A]n excellent crime novel driven by Parker's recurrent theme of loss and isolation through illness or injury....A thoughtful, multilayered tale in which crime is a catalyst rather than the centerpiece."
"Review" by , "Parker has written another winner....[A]n exciting and fast-paced plot and interesting and complex characters..."
"Synopsis" by , Merci Rayborn, T. Jefferson Parker's stubborn, principled Orange County detective, is almost alone in believing that deputy Archie Wildcraft didn't kill his beautiful young wife and then turn his service weapon on himself. The evidence against Wildcraft--now hospitalized with a bullet lodged in his head--seems overwhelming. But Merci, who's still unpopular for exposing an old police scandal that caused the death of one cop and the ruination of others (The Blue Hour), is resisting pressure from her boss and a headline-hunting D.A. to arrest Wildcraft and charge him with murder. Then the deputy, who's lost his memory and maybe his mind as a result of his injury, goes missing from his hospital room, intent on tracking down the real killers and managing to stay a step ahead of Merci. Soon, they both begin to realize that Gwen Wildcraft wasn't killed because she got in the way of an attempted hit on her husband--it was the other way around. Parker, whose skills at characterization are as well honed as his expert pacing and intricate plotting, has penned another standout that will keep readers guessing and gasping until the last dramatic page. --Jane Adams
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