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T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all of his life in Southern California. Those who don't call him Mr. Parker, call him Jeff. The "T" is silent because, in fact, it's simply a letter of the alphabet. Jeff's mom claimed the T would look better on the door of the President. Good thing for us he prefers writing novels to dabbling in politics. Jeff Parker was educated in public schools in Orange County, and took a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976. He was honored in 1992 as the Distinguished Alumnus.
His writing career began in 1978, 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 written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a journalist, was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. The paperback made The New York Times Bestseller list in 1986.
Parker's following novels—all dealing with crime, life and death in sunny Southern California—were published to rave reviews and appeared on many bestseller lists. His writing has been called "potent and irresistible" (L.A. Times) and "resonant, literate and powerful" (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that "T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer." Carolyn See called The Triggerman's Dance"a masterpiece." Where Serpents Lieand The Blue Hourappeared for five weeks on the L.A. Times bestseller list. Red Lightand Silent Joemade number one on that list in May of 2000 and 2001, respectively and Silent Joewent on to win the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel and the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. Cold Pursuitwas named Novel of the Year by the Southern California Booksellers Association. California Girlwon Jeff his second Best Novel Edgar.
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T Jefferson Parker Bibliography
Merci Rayborn Series 1. The Blue Hour (1999) 2. Red Light (2000) 3. Black Water (2002)
Charlie Hood Series 1. L.A. Outlaws (2008) 2. The Renegades (2009) 3. Iron River (2010) 4. The Border Lords (2011)
5. The Jaguar (2012) 6. The Famous and the Dead (2013)
Novels Laguna Heat (1985) Little Saigon (1987) 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)
Collections Between the Dark and the Daylight: And 27 More of the Best Crime and Mystery Stories of the Year (2010) (with Megan Abbott, Charles Ardai, Sean Chercover, Michael Connelly, Bill Crider, Charlaine Harris, Jeremiah Healy, Joyce Carol Oates and Scott Phillips)
Anthologies edited Hook, Line & Sinister: Mysteries to Reel You in (2010)
Non fiction My California: Journeys By Great Writers (2004) (with Mark Arax, Michael Chabon, Firoozeh Dumas, Edward Humes, Aimee Liu, Mary Mackey, Devorah Major, Thomas Steinbeck, Héctor Tobar, Donna Wares and Matt Warshaw)