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California Girl, by Jefferson Parker

When they were young, the four Becker brothers were a tight group, but it's the late 60's now, they've grown up and chosen different paths. One Becker brother didn't make it. One is a cop investigating his first homicide case, that of Janelle Vonn, the girl each of his brothers knew from when they were kids. One's a minister yearning to perform just one miracle. One is a reporter, drunk with ambition. These three are about to collide with the changing world of 1968 as each brother, in his own special way, tries to find Janelle's killer.

As the suspects multiply and secrets are exposed, the Becker brothers are all drawn further into the case, deeper into the past, and closer to danger.

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  • Maris

    pretty good but I wouldn't rush to read another by this author

    November 9, 2012

  • Anne S.

    Reading "period" mysteries can be difficult, butI think the stereotypes apply to both sexes.

    October 22, 2012

  • Cordie

    Thanks for your response. I guess I feel I need a non-victim woman to be developed. Don't think I'm going to get that far in anyway...

    October 21, 2012

  • John

    The novel depicts a place and time. That place is the most conservative part of the country before "Women's lib". So white males dominate. I'm halfway through the book. I expect the victim to be developed thoroughly. Characters reflect the attitude of the times. For example, a wife mentions that a woman preacher wouldn't keep much of a congregation.

    October 21, 2012

  • Cordie

    Based on reading the first few chapters, this book is too male-oriented for me; no relatable female characters so far; I'm not sure I can get through it.

    October 19, 2012

  • Lorraine F

    Anne - I am attending the November 8 discussion but I must have added one more guest. This was an error. I am attending alone. So I will be paying for one

    October 17, 2012

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