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Storm Runners (Harper Fiction)by T. Jefferson Parker
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Stromsoe was in high school when he met the boy who would someday murder his wife and son...
Once Matt Stromsoe was best friends with brilliant, unpredictable Mike Tavarez. That was before Stromsoe joined the San Diego P.D. and Mike left Harvard to run La Eme, the brutal Mexican Mafia; before a vengeance-obsessed Tavarez blew away everything Stromsoe loved, leaving him physically and emotionally broken.
Years later, Mike Tavarez is in prison for life, controlling his vast criminal empire from within a maximum security facility. Matt Stromsoe has rebounded from rock bottom to become a private investigator — and he's starting to feel something for Frankie Hatfield, the beautiful local TV weather forecaster he's been hired to protect from a stalker. But powerful, dangerous people are becoming too interested in Frankie's remarkable experiments with rain. And bars alone won't keep Tavarez from his ultimate goal: to make Matt Stromsoe suffer the unendurable torment of losing everything...again.
"Bestseller Parker's 14th California crime novel opens with an unforgettable sentence: 'Stromsoe was in high school when he met the boy who would someday murder his wife and son.' The wife and son are both killed by a bomb meant for Matt Stromsoe, an Orange County detective on the trail of his former classmate, Mike Tavarez, now a leader of La Eme, the Mexican mafia. Tavarez goes to prison for life for the bombing, while the seriously injured Stromsoe, after a long recovery, takes a job guarding Frankie Leigh, a popular TV weather reporter in San Diego. Leigh has a stalker, who turns out to be employed by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power; the DWP wants Leigh — and her research on rainmaking — out of the picture. Parker (The Fallen) creates his usual interesting, multifaceted characters, though the plotting, which reconnects Tavarez with Stromsoe, is clunky. Still, the insights into La Eme and the science of rainmaking as well as the inevitable confrontation between the two principals show why Parker ranks as one of the top contemporary suspense writers." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Parker shares with F. Scott Fitzgerald the viewpoint that 'character is action,' which is what makes this author's fiction so intensely readable." Kirkus Reviews
"Parker's latest success...is an absorbing thriller that continues to nudge him nearer to the top of the genre." Library Journal
"Storm Runners' strong plot is complemented by the equally memorable characters....Parker again shows his strong skills at writing absorbing novels..." South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"The action is nonstop....Storm Runners is a T. Jefferson Parker novel, which carries the guarantee that the characters will be memorable, the story unpredictable and the conclusion chilling." Orlando Sentinel
"Parker ups the ante and sets his own new standard with Storm Runners, an unforgettable work from an author who has written bookshelves full of them." BookReporter.com
"There are actually two books competing for your attention in T. Jefferson Parker's Storm Runners....Though he still wrings some tasty tension from both stories, the stitches definitely show. (Grade: B-)" Entertainment Weekly
"Parker's writing is fine as always and he has detailed knowledge of La Eme and rainmaking. The cumbersome plot and reliance on coincidence make it hard to become involved." San Antonio Express-News
From the bestselling author of The Fallen and California Girl comes the powerfully wrought novel of a damaged former cop who must outwit a brutal and cunning adversary.
About the Author
T. Jefferson Parker is the author of thirteen previous novels, including the New York Times bestseller The Fallen and the Edgar Award-winning novels California Girl and Silent Joe. He lives in Fallbrook, California.
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