Summer of Fear

T. Jefferson Parker, Author
T. Jefferson Parker, Author Hyperion Books $19.95 (359p) ISBN 978-0-312-09396-9
Reviewed on: 06/28/1993
Release date: 07/01/1993
Mass Market Paperbound - 368 pages - 978-0-312-95237-2
Hardcover - 371 pages - 978-0-7927-2060-7
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-56100-154-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-56100-526-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-5364-6
MP3 CD - 978-1-4418-5366-0
MP3 CD - 978-1-4418-5365-3
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-5363-9
Paperback - 371 pages - 978-0-7927-2059-1
Mass Market Paperbound - 359 pages - 978-0-312-35717-7
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4418-6582-3
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Timeworn thriller conventions are skillfully recycled in this suspenseful tale of serial murder and misdirection in California's Orange County. When reporter/crime writer Russell Monroe finds his former lover brutally slain in an apparently ritual style, he suspects a connection to other recent murders in the county. Somehow, the case never appears on the police blotter--although Russell saw his former colleague, homicide chief Marty Parish, leaving the scene of the crime--and soon all evidence of the death disappears. Meanwhile, a string of killings continues in the same gruesome style, and Russell becomes the contact of the deranged man responsible. As the writer gets dangerously entangled in this deadly intrigue, his wife Isabella fights a terminal brain tumor. While this material may sound hopelessly hackneyed, Parker ( Laguna Heat ; Pacific Beat ) delivers it in a surehanded narrative notable for taut pacing and plot twists that keep the reader wondering whom to trust. Russell's desperate first-person narrative voice is convincing and often gripping. 100,000 first printing; major ad/promo. (July)
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