By T. Jefferson Parker
A unique international then, a distinct global now ... California within the Sixties, and the winds of switch are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract homes, humans flooding into Orange County, unusual new rules within the air approximately struggle, song, intercourse, and medication, and new impacts, starting from Richard Nixon to Timothy Leary. For the Becker brothers, even if, the previous is usually current -- and it comes crashing again complete strength while the physique of the stunning and mysterious Janelle Vonn is chanced on in an deserted orange-packing plant. The Beckers and the Vonns have a background, starting years in the past in highschool with a rumble among the brothers of every extended family. yet boys develop up. Now one Becker brother is a cop on his first murder case. One's a minister craving to accomplish only one miracle. One is a reporter inebriated with ambition. And all 3 are approximately to collide with the altering global of 1968 as every one brother, in his personal detailed approach, attempts to discover Janelle's killer. As suspects multiply and secrets and techniques are uncovered, the 3 Becker brothers are drawn additional into the case, deeper into the previous, and toward probability.
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He sat in the Sheriff ’s Department pressroom with Sunday’s Contact Log and a paper cup of coffee on the table in front of him. The Los Angeles Times and Santa Ana Register and the Orange County Journal police reporters would be in by eight, so Andy beat them by an hour every day. Scooped them once in a while, too. Almost impossible for a weekly. Like anybody knew it. Like anybody read the weekly Tustin Times. He would have appreciated a call from Nick on this one, even though the Tustin Times had a policy against incest stories.
I’m very content and thankful right now,” he said. ” “It shows. And you should be. ” “True. How about breakfast? ” “We’ll go dutch. ” AFTER A BREAKFAST that lasted nearly two hours and a frighteningly re- vealing walk on the beach in Laguna, David took Barbara to the old family house on Holt Avenue. He pulled the Corvette into the driveway and parked. The house had turned old suddenly, like a once-pretty aunt, as the tract homes grew up around it. The porch looked out of style and the slat construction seemed old-fashioned next to the stucco walls of the subdivision.
He took a large gulp of wine for courage and consolation, set the glass back on the porch rail. Karl Vonn stood and offered his hand and Andy slipped his pen into his pocket and shook it. “Shaking hands reminds me of something Alma told me,” said Vonn. “It was after I came back from the Paciﬁc. CALIFORNIA GIRL 29 We were talking about death because I’d seen some. ” Andy rolled the words around in his mind. Made sure he had them straight. Eleven seemed like an odd number to come up with but he couldn’t help but ask the obvious.