The Famous and the Dead

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Dutton, 2013 - Fiction - 371 pages
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The explosive conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s New York Times bestselling Charlie Hood series

Los Angeles County sheriff ’s deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the iron river that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The diamond fillings he wears in his left canine glimmer, distracting the men who sell the illegal firearms that enable the unspeakable violence on both sides of the map. Spotting the sparkle when “Charlie Diamonds” opens his mouth is often their first step toward life behind bars.

Meanwhile, Bradley Jones, sheriff ’s deputy and employee of the Baja Cartel, son of the love of Charlie’s life, the deceased L.A. outlaw Suzanne Jones, is expecting a son of his own. Suzanne was descended from famed Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta, whose embalmed head Bradley inherited from her and keeps nestled among piles of cash, proceeds from Bradley’s own life of crime.

Charlie knows all of Bradley’s secrets; the question is what he’ll do with the information. Until he decides, his obsession remains the inexplicable existence of Mike Finnegan, the diminutive devil who flits in and out of both men’s lives, knowing things he shouldn’t, seemingly immortal.

Three men: earnest law-enforcer, inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other—hurtle toward one another in the jaw-dropping conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s mesmerizing vision of the border. Their climactic showdown brings to a spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.

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The Famous and the Dead: A Charlie Hood Novel

User Review  - Jerry P. Miller - Book Verdict

In the sixth and final volume of Parker's Charlie Hood series his hero is working undercover for the Feds and struggling to stop the flow of guns to Mexico. Undermining his efforts is Mike Finnegan, a ... Read full review

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Parker concludes his Charlie Hood series with this sixth title.which he brings to a somber close. Parkers pulls it all together in a rather complex plotline that first-time readers might find confusing and slow-paced for a police procedural.

About the author (2013)

T. JEFFERSON PARKER is the bestselling and award-winning author of nineteen previous novels and a three-time winner of the Edgar Award.  Formerly a journalist, Parker lives with his family in southern California.

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