L.A. OUTLAWS (2008)
Los Angeles is gripped by the exploding celebrity of Allison Murietta, her real identity unknown, a modern-day Jesse James with the compulsion to steal beautiful things, the vanity to invite the media along, and the conscience to donate much of her bounty to charity. Nobody ever gets hurt—until a job ends with ten gangsters lying dead and a half- million dollars worth of glittering diamonds missing.
Rookie Deputy Charlie Hood discovers the bodies, and he prevents an eyewitness—a schoolteacher named Suzanne Jones—from leaving the scene in her Corvette. Drawn to a mysterious charisma that has him off-balance from the beginning, Hood begins an intense affair with Suzanne. As the media frenzy surrounding Allison’s exploits swells to a fever pitch and the Southland’s most notorious killer sets out after her, a glimmer of recognition blooms in Hood, forcing him to choose between a deeply held sense of honor and a passion that threatens to consume him completely. With a stone-cold killer locked in relentless pursuit, Suzanne and Hood continue their desperate dance around the secrets that brought them together, unsure whether each new dawn may signal the day their lies catch up with them.
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Publisher: Signet US Paperback Feb2009
ISBN-10: 0451226119 / ISBN-13: 978-0451226112
Dutton Adult US hardcover Feb 2008
Brilliance Audio Unabridged Lib Ed Feb 2008
Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Feb 2008
"No one does tough like T. Jefferson Parker, and this time tough equates to one Allison Murrieta, a combination of Robin Hood, Zorro, Catherine Zeta Jones, and Gloria Steinem. An amazing read."