California Girl (Paperback)
|Author: T. Jefferson Parker|
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The times they are a-changin . . .
The Orange County, California, that the Becker brothers knew as boys is no moreunrecognizably altered since the afternoon in 1954 when Nick, Clay, David, and Andy rumbled with the lowlife Vonns, while five-year-old Janelle Vonn watched from the sidelines. The new decade has brought about the end of the orange groves and the birth of suburban sprawl. It is the era of Johnson, hippies, John Birchers, and LSD. Clay becomes a casualty of a far-off jungle war. Nick becomes a cop, Andy a reporter, David a minister. And the decapitated corpse of teenage beauty queen Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned warehouse.
A hideous crime has touched the Beckers in ways that none of them could have anticipated, setting three brothers on a dangerous collision course that will change their familyand their worldforever.Living in politically driven Orange County, California, of the late 1960s, the three Becker brothers pursue leads relevant to their respective careers as a homicide detective, a minister, and a reporter erupting when the body of a woman from a childhood rival family is found murdered. By the award-winning author of
Winner of the 2005 Edgar Award for best novel, this mystery views the turbulent '60s through the lens of a murder case. The Becker brothers have always hated the Vonn boys. But in 1968, it's one of the Vonn sisters, the beautiful Janelle, whose brutal killing becomes something of a touchstone for the Beckers. David Becker, a minister, tried to help Janelle when she showed up at a service with a black eye, strung out on marijuana and pills. Janelle gave the smitten Andy, an ambitious reporter, her phone number, but he never called. And Nick, a rookie detective, is assigned Janelle's case, and must comb through many suspects, and ultimately, wait many years, before he truly understands how Janelle met her death.
"Love, lust, murder, betrayal, suffering and redemption all parade by as a brilliant tale-spinner...once again has his way with us." (starred review) 09/01/2004 Literary Review
"Powerful, poignant sense of time and place." - Philip Oakes February 2005