The explosive conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s New York Times bestselling Charlie Hood series
Los Angeles County sheriff ’s deputy Charlie Hood is attached to the ATF, working undercover on the iron river that flows across the U.S.-Mexican border. The diamond fillings he wears in his left canine glimmer, distracting the men who sell the illegal firearms that enable the unspeakable violence on both sides of the map. Spotting the sparkle when “Charlie Diamonds” opens his mouth is often their first step toward life behind bars.
Meanwhile, Bradley Jones, sheriff ’s deputy and employee of the Baja Cartel, son of the love of Charlie’s life, the deceased L.A. outlaw Suzanne Jones, is expecting a son of his own. Suzanne was descended from famed Mexican desperado Joaquin Murrieta, whose embalmed head Bradley inherited from her and keeps nestled among piles of cash, proceeds from Bradley’s own life of crime.
Charlie knows all of Bradley’s secrets; the question is what he’ll do with the information. Until he decides, his obsession remains the inexplicable existence of Mike Finnegan, the diminutive devil who flits in and out of both men’s lives, knowing things he shouldn’t, seemingly immortal.
Three men: earnest law-enforcer, inveterate lawbreaker, and the man who pits them against each other—hurtle toward one another in the jaw-dropping conclusion to T. Jefferson Parker’s mesmerizing vision of the border. Their climactic showdown brings to a spectacular close a crime series that obliterated the boundaries of the genre.
Praise for T. Jefferson Parker:
""Parker could well be the best crime writer working out of Southern Caifornia.""
""Parker ranks as one of the top contemporary suspense writers.""
""Parker convincingly portrays Mexico, torn apart by the wars between the cartels and the government, and between the cartels themselves.""
-Suspense Magazine on The Jaguar
""Three-time Edgar winner Parker has created a memorable character in Charlie Hood, who remains a beacon of restrained hope in a world of despair and dark deeds.""
-Tucson Citizen on The Border Lords
""An epic tale...The Charlie Hood novels are nothing less than addictive.""
-Tucson Citizen on The Jaguar
""Since the days of Raymond Chandler, California has produced some of our finest crime novelists, and today the likes of Michael Connelly, Don Winslow, and Joseph Wambaugh continue the tradition. With Iron River, Parker demonstrates again the he belongs in their company.""