Interview: Author ‘T. Jefferson Parker’ Talks His New Book The Rescue

by | Apr 18, 2023 | Books, Interviews | 0 comments

T. Jefferson Parker was born in Los Angeles and has lived all his life in Southern California. He was educated in public schools in Orange County, and earned a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of California, Irvine, in 1976.

His writing career began in 1978, with a job as a cub reporter on the weekly newspaper, The Newport Ensign. After covering police, city hall and cultural stories for the Ensign, Parker moved on to the Daily Pilot newspaper, where he won three Orange County Press Club awards for his articles. All the while he was tucking away stories and information that he would use in his first book.

Parker’s first novel, Laguna Heat, was written on evenings and weekends while he worked as a reporter, and was published to rave reviews and made into an HBO movie starring Harry Hamlin, Jason Robards and Rip Torn.

When not working, Parker spends his time with his family, hiking, fishing, beach-combing, exercising his dogs. He cannot pass by a body of water without wanting to fish it. He also enjoys rock hounding, cycling and being outdoors.

Check out his website here, Twitter and Facebook. The book is in stores on Tuesday, April 25th from Forge. You can listen to the interview below.

While reporting on a Tijuana animal shelter, journalist Bettina Blazak falls in love with one of her story’s subjects―an adorable Mexican street dog who is being treated for a mysterious gunshot wound. Bettina impulsively adopts the dog, who she names Felix after the veterinarian who saved him.

In investigating Felix’s past, Bettina discovers that his life is nothing like what she assumed. For one thing, he’s not a Mexican street dog at all. A former DEA drug-sniffing dog, Felix has led a very colorful, dangerous, and profitable life. With Bettina’s story going viral, some interesting people are looking for Felix, making him a target―again.

Bettina soon finds herself drawn into a deadly criminal underworld from which she and her beloved dog may not return.