VJ Books Presents Author T. Jefferson Parker!
T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He was educated in public schools in Orange County, and earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976.
His writing career began in 1978, with a job as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book.
Parker's first novel, Laguna Heat, was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn.
Parker's Silent Joe won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 2001, as well as the coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. Three years later, California Girl won the Edgar for best mystery once again. In 2008, Skinhead Central won Parker his third Edgar, this time for best short story.
Parker's crime novels all feature Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Hood and deal with dangers along the U.S./Mexico border. Lionsgate has bought the rights to bring Charlie Hood to the big screen.
Full Measure marked a departure from crime writing and is Parker's first mainstream literary novel. It was published in 2014. Crazy Blood, a novel set in the high-stakes world of Olympic ski racing, followed in 2016.
Parker launches his news series, based on private investigator Roland Ford, in 2017 with The Room of White Fire. The series is set in north San Diego County, not far from Parker's adopted hometown of Fallbrook.
When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, exercising his dogs..
T. Jefferson Parker Bibliography
Charlie Hood Series
L.A. Outlaws - 2008
- The Renegades - 2009
- Iron River - 2009
- The Border Lords - 2011
- The Jaguar - 2012
- The Famous and the Dead - 2013
Merci Rayborn Series
- The Blue Hour - 1999
- Red Light - 2000
- Black Water - 2002
- Laguna Heat - 1985
- Little Saigon - 1988
- Pacific Beat - 1991
- Summer Of Fear - 1993
- The Triggerman's Dance - 1996
- Where Serpents Lie - 1998
- Silent Joe - 2001
- Cold Pursuit - 2003
- California Girl - 2004
- The Fallen - 2006
- Storm Runners - 2007
- Full Measure - 2014
- Crazy Blood - 2016
- The Room of White Fire - August 2017
- A Mystery Writer Attends the Sprague Symposium
- TJP's columns from the L.A. Times "Orange County Live!", a selection
T. Jefferson Parker Awards
- Silent Joe - 2001 Edgar Award for Best Mystery
- California Girl - 2004 Edgar Award for Best Mystery
- Skinhead Central - 2008 Edgar Award for Best Short Story
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