VJ Books Presents Author T. Jefferson Parker!
T. Jefferson Parker is an award winning author best known for his mystery novels featuring Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Deputy Charlie Hood. Rights to bring Charlie to the big screen were purchased by Lionsgate.
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 novel Silent Joe won the Edgar Award for best mystery in 2001, as well as the coveted Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries. In 2004, California Girl won the Edgar for best mystery once again and in 2008, “Skinhead Central” won Parker his third Edgar, this time for best short story.
He 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.
When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beachcombing, exercising his dogs. He cannot pass a body of water without wanting to fish it. He also enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.
His latest novel,The Rescue, is a gripping thriller that explores the strength of the human-animal bond and how far we will go to protect what we love.
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
Roland Ford Series
- The Room of White Fire - August 2017
- Swift Vengeance - August 2018
- The Last Good Guy - August 2019
- Then She Vanished - August 2020
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
- A Thousand Steps - 2022
- The Rescue - 2023
- 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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