California Girl: A Novel by T. Jefferson Parker

By T. Jefferson Parker

A special international then, a unique international 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 principles within the air approximately battle, tune, intercourse, and medication, and new impacts, starting from Richard Nixon to Timothy Leary. For the Becker brothers, although, the prior is often current -- and it comes crashing again complete strength while the physique of the beautiful and mysterious Janelle Vonn is found in an deserted orange-packing plant. The Beckers and the Vonns have a historical past, 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 under the influence of alcohol with ambition. And all 3 are approximately to collide with the altering global of 1968 as every one brother, in his personal special method, 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 prior, and in the direction of hazard.

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Andy was convinced that in some illogical and maybe even miraculous way, Janelle’s face was never going to become the drawn, hopeless face of her mother. “It’s better to love everybody,” she said. “You can’t love too much. You can only not love enough. Says right in the Bible. Somewhere. ” With this she hopped onto the footstool. Shook her curls for one blurred moment, spread her arms. Then fixed Andy with an unfathomable eye-to-eye look. She tried to make her voice rough and grown-up as she sang: Baby, time will pass you by But you can catch up if you try So be whatever you want to be And, baby, you can count on me.

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. Unless teetotaling J. J. Overholt broke his own rule. He had similar policies against rape stories, suicide stories—unless it was a public figure—and sex crime stories.

She was dirty and poorly dressed—jeans with holes in them and a T-shirt dyed in competing colors. Barefoot even in the chill. Hair long, no style. Same black eye that had been swollen nine years ago when he stood on her porch and apologized for his brothers beating up hers. She looked worse than the inmates he counseled at the jail. At least they were clean. In spite of everything she was startlingly pretty and obviously drunk. After the service was over Janelle wobbled up to him and plunked herself down in one of the folding chairs.

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