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L.A. outlaws : a novel
T. Jefferson Parker
Adult Fiction PARKER

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Novelist T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles, California in 1953. He earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976, and initially worked as a reporter for a weekly newspaper. While writing for the Daily Pilot, he won three Orange County Press Club Awards. His first novel, Laguna Heat, was made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn. His other works include The Triggerman's Dance, Where Serpents Lie, The Blue Hour, Red Light, and Cold Pursuit. Silent Joe and California Girl won the Mystery Writers of America's Edgar Award for Best Novel in 2002 and 2005 respectively. Silent Joe also received the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Best Mystery/Thriller. When not working on his books, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, hunting and fishing, and playing tennis. He enjoys diving, snorkeling, and travel. (Bowker Author Biography)

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main characters Allison Murrieta
Claims to be a descendent of Joaquin Murrieta, a 19th-century legend in California folklore; during the day she is an eighth-grade history teacher named Suzanne Jones; at night she wears a mask and steals from the rich; gives part of her loot to charity; witnessed the murder of a group of gangsters by an assassin now intent on killing her; in love with Charlie.

Charlie Hood
Discovers Allison at the scene of a murder; doesn't know Allison's secret life; knows Allison as Suzanne.

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