The Jaguar by T. Jefferson Parker
(Charlie Hood)

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The audacious white-hot new novel from T. Jefferson Parker that redefines the landscape of the thriller and shatters every expectation you ever had about the good guys and the bad...

When Benjamin Armenta, leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel, kidnaps songwriter Erin McKenna, his demands are as unique as the jungle fortress in which Erin is imprisoned. She’s ordered to compose a narcocorrido, a folk ballad that will romanticize Armenta as one of the greatest desperadoes in Mexican history. Allowed to wander the hallways of the castle with only a guitar and a mysterious old priest to keep her company, Erin must produce the loveliest song these men have ever heard. Or she’ll be skinned alive.

As Erin’s music wafts through the jungle, it serves as a siren call to the two men who love her: lawman Charlie Hood and Erin’s outlaw husband, Bradley Jones. They have the power to rescue her, but their long-simmering rivalry could very well compromise Erin’s deliverance and cause the ending of a life-and-death ballad to be rewritten in blood.
 

About T. Jefferson 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.
 
Published January 10, 2012 by NAL. 355 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Bradley Jones, Erin’s bent cop of a husband, gets 10 days to raise the cash while performing certain auxiliary tasks—no mention of music at this early stage—or Armenta will arrange to have his wife skinned alive, a threat to be taken literally.

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If Jones doesn’t pay the rival cartel’s leader, Benjamin Armenta, $1 million within 10 days as an apology for the trouble he’s caused Armenta, Armenta will have Erin skinned alive.

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A dark and thrilling look inside Mexican drug cartels and the men that combat them.

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And the seemingly invincible Mike Finnegan seems to exist as nothing much more than a deus ex machina – the god in the machine – he seems to appear to either miraculously save the day, or devilishly throw an unlikely cog in the works.

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Armenta proceeds to tell his life story to Erin, so that she will be able to write the song as truthfully as possible.

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Matters are further complicated by the fact that Jones and Hood maintain an uneasy and occasionally tenuous friendship, which is somewhat cemented by Hood’s friendship with Erin McKenna, a popular singer-songwriter who is married to Jones.

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during the kidnapping Erin tells her kidnappers they have the wrong guy, that Bradley isn't rich, and the kidnapper just smiles and looks around at the Porsche Cayenne, and classic cars and Erin's new Toureg, and the big fishing boat.

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