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Iron River

Thriller by T. Jefferson Parker

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Iron River Review

  • Jul 7, 2010
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Iron River is the latest in T. Jefferson Parker’s Charlie Hood series that began with L.A. Outlaws.  I found L.A. Outlaws to be totally engrossing.  Although I didn’t find this latest adventure to be as mesmerizing, it was a nice update in Charlie’s life.  New characters are introduced that leave the reader wondering where its all going. 
L.A. Outlaws introduced Charlie, a woman named Allison Murietta, and assorted other characters – both good and bad.  Sometimes there is a very fine line between the good guys and the bad guys, but Hood always knows what side of the line he is on.  Not so with everyone, and sometimes people tend to walk back and forth across that line as it suits them. 
Iron River follows Allison’s son as well as Detective Hood, as their paths cross, diverge and cross yet again. 
Parker is an excellent writer and his descriptions of the Southern California desert make you feel the heat and the emptiness.  Having read all of his previous novels leading up to Iron River, he’s also got me caring about his characters.  Not giving anything away, I will say that the ending of this one left me anxiously awaiting the next one.  I have questions I want answered.

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Quick Tip by . June 29, 2010
the latest from T. Jefferson Parker brings back his character Charlie Hood in a new and ever more dangerous pursuit of justice. Not my favorite of his books, but I still enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one! I'm hoping it ties up some loose ends.
review by . February 18, 2010
   I struggled to even finish half of this book that starts out exciting as a couple driving on a highway close to the US/Mexican border accidently strike a man changing a flat tire. They go to help him but he says to leave him and not to get involved. They phone in the accident anyway and the man survives in the hospital. He claims his name as Mike Finnegan and he has some sort of psychic powers.       In the meantime an ATF agent, Charlie Hood accidentally kills a …
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On a dusty highway just north of the United States/Mexico border a man named Mike Finnegan is struck by a fast-moving vehicle and flung into the desert. Miraculously, he survives and winds up in a hospital in the tiny border town of Buenavista, seemingly in full possession of his faculties-including the eerie ability to understand events happening well outside the view from his hospital bed.

Charlie Hood joins a Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms task force patrolling the "iron river," where illegal guns flow from U.S. dealers to the Mexican drug business. Hood is part of a stakeout team when a federal officer's bullet kills an innocent boy.

The boy happens to be the son of Benjamin Armenta, head of the Gulf Cartel and one of the most violent men in the world. Armenta's thirst for vengeance even in routine business matters is well-known. His hired killers are credited with many of the murders and beheadings of the fifteen thousand people who have died in the cartel wars along the border in recent years. Hood and ATF brace themselves for brute vengeance.

As this unthinkable violence leaks from Mexico into the United States, and as Finnegan's predictive powers become even stranger and stronger, Charlie Hood works to understand the mysterious forces fighting for control of this tiny border town, forces that may have the power to slow the iron river-and to save the ATF men he has come to think of as his brothers.

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