THIS WEEK IN MAY

  1. Thursday Aug 15 T. JEFFERSON PARKER TO VISIT THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 7 PM T. JEFFERSON PARKER, three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, will introduce his third Roland Ford novel, THE LAST GOOD GUY. Private investigator Ford is hired by an enigmatic woman to find...
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T. JEFFERSON PARKER TO VISIT

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15; 7 PM

T. JEFFERSON PARKER, three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestselling author, will introduce his third Roland Ford novel, THE LAST GOOD GUY. Private investigator Ford is hired by an enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, but even as he searches for the teenager, he feels his client can’t be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, a celebrity evangelist, and finally to the girl herself. This combination of factors leads him to question everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil. PUTNAM

Author John Lescroart says: “The Last Good Guy…is nothing short of brilliant as it morphs from a simple missing persons case into a complex and nuanced exploration of the dark side of American culture.”

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