ROMANCE

The Famous and the Dead

12 CDs. library ed. unabridged. 14 hrs. Brilliance Audio. 2013. ISBN 9781455818075. $69.97; 1 MP3-CD. library ed.; Playaway digital; digital download. F
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Los Angeles sheriff's deputy Charlie Hood works undercover for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to try to slow the flow of guns over the U.S.-Mexico border. The sixth and final volume in the Hood series (after The Jaguar) attempts to resolve issues and character relationships from the earlier books and will almost certainly be puzzling to those unfamiliar with the saga. Despite occasional bursts of violence and intrusions by the supernatural, this thriller runs at a pace that is unusually slow for the genre. David Colacci's expert handling of voices and accents is more impressive than Parker's sometimes sluggish tale.
VERDICT Recommended only for fans of the series, and they may be disappointed by the conclusion. ["Parker pulls it all together in a rather complex plotline that first-time readers might find confusing and slow-paced for a police procedural. But series fans will want this," read the review of the New York Times best-selling Dutton hc, LJ 3/1/13.—Ed.]

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