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 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" (Los Angeles Times), and "resonant, literate and powerful" (Kirkus). The New York Times wrote that "T. Jefferson Parker is a powerhouse writer." Writing in the Washington Post, critic Carolyn See called The Triggerman's Dance "a masterpiece."
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 last six crime novels -- L.A. Outlaws, The Renegades, Iron River, The Border Lords, The Jaguar and THE FAMOUS AND THE DEAD 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.
Parker’s next novel, Full Measure, marks a departure from crime writing and is his first mainstream literary novel. It will be published by St. Martin’s Press in October of 2014. Here’s what other writers are saying about Full Measure:
“Compelling.” T.C. Boyle
“A Great American Book…” Luis Alberto Urrea
“Stunning” Lisa See
“In the same league as John Steinbeck” Stephen Harrigan
When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and exercising his dogs. He cannot pass by a body of water without wanting to fish it. He enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.
His novels are:
Laguna Heat (1985)
Little Saigon (1988)
Pacific Beat (1991)
Summer Of Fear (1993)
The Triggerman's Dance (1996)
Where Serpents Lie (1998)
The Blue Hour (1999) 1st in the Merci Rayborn series
Red Light (2000) 2nd Merci Rayborn novel
Silent Joe (2001)
Black Water (2002) 3rd Merci Rayborn novel
Cold Pursuit (2003)
California Girl (2004)
The Fallen (2006)
Storm Runners (2007)
L.A. Outlaws (2008) 1st Charlie Hood novel
The Renegades (2009) 2nd Charlie Hood novel
Iron River (2010) 3rd Charlie Hood novel
The Border Lords (2011) 4th Charlie Hood novel
The Jaguar (2012) 5th Charlie Hood novel
The Fabulous and the Dead (2013) 6th Charlie Hood novel
Full Measure (2014)
A Mystery Writer Attends the Sprague Symposium
TJP's columns from the L.A. Times "Orange County Live!", a selection
Elliot Neaman interviews Jeff for KUSF radio (San Fran), Oct 2006 (Quicktime AUDIO)
The Kacey Kowars Show: Kacey & Jeff on The Fallen, Feb 2006 (AUDIO)
HeyListen.com: Michael Artsis interviews Jeff, Feb 2006 (AUDIO)
Also available via podcast on Apple iTunes (search under heylisten)
Find out Jeff's definition of noir in HardLuckStories 2004 interview
Peek into Jeff's brain with WritersWrite.com's 2003 interview
Jeff Parker interviewed by Harlan Coben for MysteryReaders.org
Jeff Parker interviews Jan Burke for MysteryReaders.org
FictionAddiction.net web site interview
Mysteries Galore @ BestsellersWorld.com interview
The View From Elsewhere, Orange County Register interview
HarperCollins UK's interviews, yes many!, with Jeff
Jane Davis interviews Jeff re: Silent Joe