Today’s featured book is The Jaguar: A Charlie Hood Novel by T. Jefferson Parker
Why I chose this book:
In T. Jefferson Parker’s fifth Charlie Hood novel, Hood is involved in finding the wife of a deputy who has been kidnapped by members of the Mexican drug trade. It’s a gray (not black-and-white) portrayal of characters written in an easy gliding writing style. The involvement of the deputy as a long-time smuggler for the cartel provides an interesting counter-point to the kidnapped wife, a Los Angeles songwriter, who is kept in a castle and forced to compose a desperado song extoling the exploits of her captor, the leader of the cartel. Nothing good can come from it all with the finale for all being a matter of life and death.
New York Times bestseller T. Jefferson Parker, crime fiction’s most critically acclaimed and award-winning writer continues “the most ground-breaking crime series in decades.” (St. Louis Post- Dispatch) with another gripping tale of the Mexican border.
Erin McKenna, a beautiful songwriter married to a crooked Los Angeles County sheriff ‘s deputy, is kidnapped by Benjamin Armenta, the ruthless leader of the powerful Gulf Cartel. But his demands turn out to be as unusual as the crumbling castle in which Erin is kept. She is ordered to compose a unique narcocoriddo, a modern-day folk ballad of the kind that have recorded the exploits of the drug dealers, gunrunners, and outlaws who have highlighted Mexican history for generations. Under threat of death, Armenta orders Erin to tell his life story-in music-and write “the greatest narcocorrido of all time.” Allowed to wander the dark hallways of the castle retreat with only a guitar and a mysterious old priest to keep her company, Erin must produce the most beautiful song that these men have ever heard.
As the mesmerizing music and lyrics of Erin’s song cascade from the jungle hideout, they serve as a siren song to the two men who love Erin: her outlaw husband, Bradley Smith, and the lawman Charlie Hood- two men who together have the power to rescue her. Here, amid the ancient beauty and haunted landscape of the Yucatecan lowlands, the long-simmering rivalry between these men will be brought closer to its explosive finale.
T. Jefferson Parker, who is widely hailed as his generation’s most accomplished and talented crime novelist, delivers a crime thriller that dramatically redefines the landscape of the cartel wars as an epic clash of good and evil. If you want to make your own comments on this selection, we would love to hear from you. Join our Facebook Killer Nashville group page or our blog and join in the discussion.
Remember that these books are listed at a discount through Amazon. You also don’t have to purchase the version that is featured here. Many of these books are available in multiple formats: e–book, hardcover, softcover, and audio. Enjoy!
– Clay Stafford, Founder of Killer Nashville