The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker

I voluntarily read and reviewed an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

The Last Good Guy by T. Jefferson Parker

352pgs

4 Stars

In this electrifying new thriller from three-time Edgar Award winner and New York Times bestseller T. Jefferson Parker, Private Investigator Roland Ford hunts for a missing teenager and uncovers a dark conspiracy in his most personal case yet.

When hired by a beautiful and enigmatic woman to find her missing younger sister, private investigator Roland Ford immediately senses that the case is not what it seems. He is soon swept up in a web of lies and secrets as he searches for the teenager, and even his new client cannot be trusted. His investigation leads him to a secretive charter school, skinhead thugs, a cadre of American Nazis hidden in a desert compound, an arch-conservative celebrity evangelist–and, finally, to the girl herself. The Last Good Guy is Ford’s most challenging case to date, one that will leave him questioning everything he thought he knew about decency, honesty, and the battle between good and evil…if it doesn’t kill him first.

I requested this book not realizing it is part of the Roland Ford series. I was still able to enjoy this book without having read the first two. There are some parts and references to past situations that are probably in those first books, but was explained well enough in this book for the reader to still follow the story. I do recommend reading them if you have the opportunity primarily for consistency and avoiding possible spoilers from this book.

Roland Ford is a PI hired by a woman, Penelope, to find her younger sister who has gone missing. The story instantly grabbed me with the mysteriousness of this woman and the circumstances of her missing sister. As the story progresses, more details are revealed. The supporting characters’ stories and secrets are revealed and kept me engaged.

I find Parker is essentially my James Patterson or Nora Roberts, but more sophisticated. His books are fairly easy reads, but they keep me interested and entertained. I feel Patterson’s books (at least the one’s I’ve read) give the impression that they were written in a week. I don’t feel that way with Parker’s books. His books usually can be categorized as Crime, Thriller, Suspense and/or Mystery.

I would recommend this book and this author for anyone looking to read an entertaining book with any of those elements.

Thanks for reading!

-V

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