The Blue Hour

T. Jefferson Parker, Author Hyperion Books $23.95 (368p) ISBN 978-0-7868-6288-7
The plot may sound familiar, but surehanded thriller writer Parker (Where Serpents Dance) proves ever-surprising in his latest novel, the story of an unusual pair of police protagonists and a serial killer stalking beautiful women in California's Laguna County. Tim Hess is a retired cop, fighting lung cancer, who's called back to active duty to find the diabolical killer who ""signs"" his murders by eviscerating his victims. His boss and partner in the investigation is an attractive, brusque detective named Merci Rayborn, who quickly dismisses the lone suspect in the case, a paroled, chemically castrated Romanian rapist living under virtual house arrest in an apartment complex near the latest crime scene. Hess stays on the rapist's trail, though, tracking an embalming machine that may be part of the killer's bizarre m.o., but by the time the clues come together, Merci is in murderous hands. Parker places his building blocks with meticulous precision, balancing the feisty yet somewhat melancholic interaction between Hess and Rayborn with a terrifying portrait of a psychopath, although the physical relationship between the two cops does seem a bit forced. The details of the crime are presented with judicious authority as Parker consistently underplays the more sensational aspects of the homicides to keep the narrative unpredictable and dynamic, making it far more gripping than the average serial-killer thriller. Author tour. (May)
Reviewed on: 05/03/1999
Release date: 05/01/1999
Show other formats
FORMATS
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7871-1935-5
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-0-7871-1938-6
Mass Market Paperbound - 480 pages - 978-0-7868-8969-3
Hardcover - 384 pages - 978-0-7868-6559-8
Hardcover - 597 pages - 978-0-7862-2164-6
Compact Disc - 978-1-4233-5567-0
Compact Disc - 978-1-4233-5568-7
MP3 CD - 978-1-4233-5570-0
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-4233-5566-3
MP3 CD - 978-1-4233-5569-4
Compact Disc - 978-1-4418-0723-6
Analog Audio Cassette - 978-1-59040-008-1
Book - 978-1-4418-2630-5
Pre-Recorded Audio Player - 978-1-4418-2977-1
Ebook - 360 pages - 978-1-4532-7334-0
X
Stay ahead with
Tip Sheet!
Free newsletter: the hottest new books, features and more
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Only $18.95/month for Digital Access
or $20.95 for Print+Digital Access!
X
Email Address

Password

Log In Lost Password

PW has integrated its print and digital subscriptions, offering exciting new benefits to subscribers, who are now entitled to both the print edition and the digital editions of PW (online or via our app). For instructions on how to set up your accout for digital access, click here. For more information, click here.

The part of the site you are trying to access is now available to subscribers only. Subscribers: to set up your digital subscription with the new system (if you have not done so already), click here. To subscribe, click here.

Email pw@pubservice.com with questions.

Not Registered? Click here.