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The Last Good Guy
By (author): T. Jefferson Parker
9780525537649 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Thrillers / General Aug 13, 2019
$36.00 CAD
Active 6.23 x 9.25 x 1.2 in 352 pages Putnam G.P. Putnam's Sons
In this electrifying new thriller from three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestseller T. Jefferson Parker, Private Investigator Roland Ford hunts for a missing teenager and uncovers a dark conspiracy in his most personal case yet.

When hired by a beautiful and enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, private investigator Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. He is soon swept up in a web of lies and secrets as he searches for the teenager, and even his new client cannot be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist—and, finally, to the girl herself. The Last Good Guy is Ford’s most challenging case to date, one that will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil…if it doesn’t kill him first.

Story Locale: Los Angeles

Series Overview: The next novel featuring PI Roland Ford as he takes on a case to find a missing teenager.

CONTINUING WITH A BELOVED SERIES AND CHARACTER: The Last Good Guy is the third book in the series featuring Roland Ford, the damaged private investigator with a heart of gold. It is our most intimate look at this popular and intriguing character.

CAN STAND ALONE: The Last Good Guy is constructed so that readers who are new to the series can jump in.

AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: T. Jefferson Parker is widely recognized as one of the best writers in the suspense game—“the poet of American crime fiction,” as C.J. Box says—and he has won the Edgar Award (three times), the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for mysteries, and a Shamus Award for best private eye novel of the year. He is beloved by booksellers and fellow writers.

GLOWING REVIEWS FOR THE SERIES: The Roland Ford series has garnered fantastic reviews, with The Washington Post saying: “Parker deftly builds the tension from suspense to menace to an overwhelming sense of dread. The result is a fast-paced, beautifully written thriller.” The Last Good Guy will build on the strong praise for the earlier books in the series.

PAPERBACK TIE-IN: The novel will publish a year after Swift Vengeance, the second book in the Roland Ford series. The mass market (8/6/19) and ebook editions of Swift Vengeance will include a teaser chapter from this novel.

T. Jefferson Parker is the author of numerous novels and short stories, the winner of three Edgar Awards, and the recipient of a Los Angeles Times Book Prize for best mystery. Before becoming a full-time novelist, he was an award-winning reporter. He lives in Fallbrook, California, and can be found at

Author Residence: Fallbrook, CA

Author Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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Praise for The Last Good Guy

“The Last Good Guy [is] the latest entry in an engaging series of novels by T. Jefferson Parker…All the good gals and guys in Mr. Parker’s winning story have the reader rooting for them, and of course they root for one another.”—Wall Street Journal

“Mystery writer T. Jefferson Parker stands out with The Last Good Guy…[this] is the best Roland Ford mystery yet, and one of Parker’s strongest. It’s a twisty cautionary tale that will leave readers pondering the damage done in the name of misguided religious fervor and patriotism and yearning for more good guys like Ford to bring justice to our world.”—Los Angles Times

“Parker tells the tale in tight, vivid prose that at times borders on the lyrical.”—Associated Press“[T. Jefferson Parker] does a masterly job of ratcheting up the tension, and the often lyrical prose is a pleasure to read. This entry could well earn three-time Edgar Award-winner Parker a fourth Edgar.” -Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“In this powerful thriller, Parker leaves us aching for the damaged souls left behind by false prophets and hate-mongers, and hoping that there still really are some good guys.”—Booklist (starred review)

“In the third case for his franchise hero, the prolific Parker summons the memory of retro hard-boiled crime yarns.” -Kirkus Reviews

“T. Jefferson Parker’s third Roland Ford novel (following last year’s Swift Vengeance) should interest fans of Michael Connelly and John Sandford. Parker has had a long and successful career, but Ford is perhaps his best character so far, and this series just keeps getting better.”—The Real Book Spy

“T. Jefferson Parker draws the classical hard-boiled detective story out of its mythic past and into our contemporary landscape, much like the last great exemplar of the form, Ross Macdonald - and like Macdonald, Parker goes deeper with each book. The payoff for his readers is serious thrills.”- Jonathan Lethem

“T. Jefferson Parker continues to raise the bar on the classic mystery novel. Considering that he has already won the Best Novel Edgar Award twice, that is really saying something. The Last Good Guy, the third outing for smart, tough, insightful, sympathetic Private Investigator Roland Ford, 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. It’s tempting to say that Parker just couldn’t get any better, except that with every book, that’s exactly what he does.”—John Lescroart

“T. Jefferson Parker’s The Last Good Guy is a riveting crime drama with an engaging hero up against insurmountable odds as he tries to track down a woman’s missing sister. With intelligence, action, and humor, the pages turn themselves to a thrilling climax.”—Mark Greaney

“Fabulously atmospheric. Parker writes with a cinematic eye and a thrillingly dark heart.”—Peter James

Praise for Swift Vengeance

“Roland Ford is a compelling hero: empathetic and equipped with the training and inclination to vanquish wickedness. Mr. Parker’s devotees should be well-pleased.”—Wall Street Journal

“Non-stop action…[T. Jefferson Parker’s] new series succeeds not only in entertaining but also in challenging readers to ponder the circle of vengeance unleashed by the Iraq war and America’s seemingly endless war on terror.”--Associated Press

“Parker remains one of our finest novelists as well as mystery-thriller writers. And in Swift Vengeance, he has fashioned a powerful tale rich in both character and story that makes Roland Ford the modern-day equivalent of John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee.”—Providence Journal

“Parker keeps quite a few balls in the air, skillfully steering us toward and away from a batch of possible killers while maintaining a twisty, relentless pace. As a result, his ”Vengeance“ is swift, indeed.”—Minneapolis Star Tribune

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