Jeff T. Jefferson Parker

Storm Runners
The Fallen
California Girl
Cold Pursuit
Black Water
Silent Joe
Red Light
The Blue Hour
Where Serpents Lie
The Triggerman's Dance
Summer of Fear
Pacific Beat
Little Saigon
Laguna Heat
Short Stories & Essays
Photo Album
Mailing List

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult
(January 10, 2012)
ISBN-10: 0525952578
ISBN-13: 978-0525952572

"T. Jefferson Parker delivers a crime thriller that redefines the landscape of the cartel wars as an epic clash of good and evil!"

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Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocorrido, a folk ballad that records the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have populated Mexican history for generations. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story—in music—and write “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.”

As the mesmerizing music and lyrics of Erin’s song cascade from the jungle hideout, they serve as a siren song to the two men who love Erin: her outlaw husband, Bradley Jones, and the lawman Charlie Hood—who together have the power to rescue her. Here, amid the ancient beauty of the Yucatecan lowland, the long-simmering rivalry between these men will be brought closer to its explosive finale.


Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Dutton Adult (January 11, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0525952004
ISBN-13: 978-0525952008


"The Border Lords" represents a breakthrough for a novelist whose accomplishments already are many and notable. There's moral intelligence at work here but never a sentence that moralizes, nor concessions to generic conventions for cheap effect. It's a book that stands firmly in the entertaining, hard-boiled tradition and yet artfully demands serious consideration purely as a superior work of fiction.
   —Los Angles Times
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