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"This tour de force of plotting and characterization may well be Parker’s best book. "


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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
ISBN-10: 0525950559 / ISBN-13: 978-0525950554

Brilliance Audio Unabridged Lib Ed Feb 2008 
ISBN-10: 1423305965 / ISBN-13: 978-1423305965

Brilliance Audio on MP3-CD Feb 2008
ISBN-10: 142330599X / ISBN-13: 978-1423305996




 CRITICAL ACCLAIM

The irresistible antihero of this outstanding thriller from bestseller Parker (Laguna Heat) calls herself Allison Murrieta and claims to be a descendant of Joaquin Murrieta, a 19th-century figure who looms large in California folklore (he was either a ruthless robber and killer or an Old West vigilante and Robin Hood). By day, Allison is Suzanne Jones, an eighth-grade history teacher with three sons in Los Angeles; by night, she dons a mask, straps on her derringer and steals from the greedy. Beloved by the media, she never uses the gun; her victims are never sympathetic; and she gives part of her loot to charity. But while stealing diamonds belonging to a master criminal known as the Bull, she witnesses a gangland-style bloodbath at the hands of Lupercio, a ruthless assassin working for the Bull. As she’s leaving the scene of the crime, L.A. sheriff’s deputy Charles Hood stops her, and that’s when the plot gets complicated. The Bull wants his diamonds back. Lupercio knows Murrieta/Jones took them. Hood wants Jones to identify Lupercio. And the public wants to know who Murrieta really is. This tour de force of plotting and characterization may well be Parker’s best book. Author tour.
   —Publishers Weekly

"L.A. Outlaws is hard, fast, and etched with characters so sharp they'll leave you bleeding. This is the best T. Jefferson Parker novel yet."
   —Robert Crais

"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."
   —Elizabeth George

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