The Blue Hour : Merci Rayborn

  • by T. Jefferson Parker
  • Narrated by Tavia Gilbert
  • Series: Merci Rayborn
  • 12 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Tim Hess is a semiretired veteran cop staring at a death sentence - his own. Detective Merci Rayborn, young enough to be his daughter, is brash, impatient, and not someone from whom Hess wants to be taking orders. He certainly isn't planning on falling in love with her....
Together, they must track down a psychopathic killer who's been abducting beautiful young women from the malls of Orange County. Dubbed the "Purse Snatcher" for the chilling way he brags about his shockingly distinctive crimes, he is one of T. Jefferson Parker's most original creations.

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What the Critics Say

"Ingenious, intricate, complicated yet credible, a real page-turner. There are leaks, leads, false leads, and an express train of an ending. Within the crackling tale, a quieter current carries an unforeseen and ill-starred love affair. A man much praised doesn't need more encomiums; T. Jefferson Parker deserves all he gets." (Los Angeles Times)
"One of Parker's best - and that's a major statement considering his track record." (Chicago Tribune)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Outstanding book, exceptional reader

I've read most Parker books, he's generally very, very good with an occasional clunker. This is not one of them. The story starts slow with two characters that are initially unlikeable, but gains momentum throughout. I found myself marveling at the complexity of the police work as the two detectives chase the bad guy.

I've not heard the reader before. I'll say that very good readers - Scott Brick and Dick Hill come to mind - often have me admiring their range of voices or accents. Exceptional readers, though, seem to deliver the book directly to your brain without you even noticing that it's being read - it's seamless, flawless, always in character and compelling. That was Tavia Gilbert.

Overall, the last ten minutes are a bit superfluous and a bit corny, but it was great ride getting there and this is one book I'm sorry had to end.
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- Jan

Mixed feelings, ending was bad, very bad

Would you try another book from T. Jefferson Parker and/or Tavia Gilbert?

It is very unlikely I would try another Parker book. I seek out Tavia Gilbert. She is why I bought the book and I think it might have been on sale. I wouldn't seek out Parker.


Has The Blue Hour turned you off from other books in this genre?

No


Have you listened to any of Tavia Gilbert’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have listened to many of her books. She did well with this one. Her Night Huntress books are a work of art. In those she played many characters and you wouldn't know it was one person doing all the voices and languages.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Blue Hour?

The last chapter, it was frustrating, disappointing and just bad.


Any additional comments?

If this is your first Tavia book, try others. She is an amazing performer.

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- LaurelOlivia "LauralOlivia"

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-29-2009
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio