Title Profile & Character Information

California Girl

Annotation
"California in the 1960s, and the winds of change are raging. Orange groves uprooted for tract houses, people flooding into Orange County, strange new ideas in the air about war, music, sex, and drugs, and new influences, ranging from Richard Nixon to Timothy Leary." "For the Becker brothers, however, the past is always present - and it comes crashing back full force when the body of the lovely and mysterious Janelle Vonn is discovered in an abandoned orange-packing plant. The Beckers and the Vonns have a history, beginning years ago in high school with a rumble between the brothers of each clan." "But boys grow up. Now one Becker brother is a cop on his first homicide case. One's a minister yearning to perform just one miracle. One is a reporter drunk with ambition. And all three are about to collide with the changing world of 1968 as each brother, in his own unique way, tries to find Janelle's killer." "As suspects multiply and secrets are exposed, the three Becker brothers are drawn further into the case, deeper into the past, and closer to danger."--BOOK JACKET.Title Summary field provided by Blackwell North America, Inc. All Rights Reserved

Awards
2005  Edgar Awards (Edgar Allan Poe Awards)


Author Notes
  T. Jefferson Parker is the author of eleven previous novels, including Silent Joe and Cold Pursuit. He lives in Fallbrook, California.
Characters
NameBecker, Nick
GenderMale
OccupationPolice detective

NameBecker, Andy
GenderMale
OccupationReporter
TraitAmbitious

NameBecker, David
GenderMale
OccupationMinister
TraitCharismatic

GenreDomestic
Fiction
Historical
Mystery
    --Police procedural
Suspense
TopicsCrimes against women
Murder
Brothers
Secrets
Betrayal
1960s culture
SettingTustin, California
Hometown