Synopses & Reviews
Matt Stromsoe has come a long way since his wife and son were killed in an explosion meant for him. Wounded severely in both body and spirit, Stromsoe gave up the last thing that held any meaning for him his job on the police force and proceeded to hit rock bottom, hard.
That was a lifetime ago, and finally the spiral of personal destruction and despair seems to have come to an end. The man responsible for the murders Stromsoe's best friend from childhood and his wife's old lover is behind bars and Stromsoe has put the past behind him, rescued from the abyss by a former colleague who offers him a job at his private security firm. Stromsoe's first assignment is to protect local television personality Frankie Hatfield from a stalker. But the further Stromsoe is drawn into this case, the more he finds that the net of intrigue is wide and ultimately leads back to the man who killed his family. As events conspire against him, Stromsoe learns that prison is no safeguard against revenge.
T. Jefferson Parker has been hailed as belonging "in the first rank of American crime novelists" (Washington Post Book World) and praised for "some of the finest writing you'll ever read" (Chicago Sun-Times). Superbly crafted, emotionally complex, and filled with heart-stopping action, Storm Runners proves why the novels of T. Jefferson Parker are impossible to resist.
"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 thisauthor'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
"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
Hitting rock bottom after losing his family and ability to work after an explosion that had been set to kill him, former police officer Matt Stromsoe eventually moves on with his life and takes a job with a private security firm working as a bodyguard for a local television personality whose private life has rendered her a stalker's target. 150,000 first printing.
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.