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In bestseller Parker's disappointing third Charlie Hood novel (afterThe Renegades), Hood, a Los Angeles sheriff's deputy, joins Operation Blowdown, an attempt to staunch the near constant flow of money and guns across the U.S.-Mexican border. When a shootout during a botched weapons buy leaves the son of the head of a powerful Mexican cartel dead, the fight becomes personal as cartel soldiers cross the border to take revenge on Hood's team. Meanwhile, a faulty product has driven Pace Arms, a family-owned gun manufacturer, nearly to bankruptcy. Unbeknownst to Hood, the man brokering an illegal deal between Pace and another Mexican cartel chief for the production of a revolutionary handgun is Bradley Smith (aka Bradley Jones), the son of bank robber Allison Murrietta, the antiheroine ofL.A. Outlaws, the first and best entry in the series. In this installment, the massive scale of the criminal activity overwhelms the characters.(Jan.)
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ISBN-10:  0525951490
ISBN-13:  978-0525951490
Author:  T. Jefferson Parker
Genre:  Mystery
Publisher:  Dutton Adult
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review by . March 09, 2010
In LA Sheriff's Deputy Charlie Hood's third adventure, set in the border town of Buenavista, Hood joins an ATF operation to stem gunrunning to Mexico. When a weapons-buy ends in the accidental death of a cartel leader's son, the bad guys take revenge, abducting and torturing the agent responsible. Naturally a rescue is in the offing.     Meanwhile, a bankrupt arms dealer finds a way to get the family business going again by selling an ingenious untraceable gun - his design - …
review by . February 04, 2010
T. Jefferson Parker's latest novel, Iron River: A Charlie Hood Novel is strangely fascinating. Although Charlie Hood is the main character, the strange character to whom I refer is Mike Finnegan...    The book opens with Finnegan being severely hurt in an automobile accident and Hood and others visit him throughout the book, trying to discover who he is and how he knows so much! He seeks a favor from Hood, to find and determine how his daughter is doing; and he then becomes indebted …
review by . January 22, 2010
This is the third T. Jefferson Parker book I've read or, more accurately, tried to read. As with his "Storm Runners", I just had no desire to finish it and set it aside when I hit page 222 of 369.     Other may like Parker's style. I certainly did in "L. A. Outlaws". But he has a penchant, in my mind, going to far in an attempt to create "atmosphere". What Cormac McCarthy pulled off effortlessly in "No Country For Old Men", Parker fails at. The attempted grittiness comes across …
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