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T. Jefferson Parker takes on Afghanistan veterans, economic bust in new novel

"Full Measure: A Novel" by T. Jefferson Parker

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Novelist and California native son T. Jefferson Parker is known for a slate of popular crime novels from Laguna Heat to The Famous and the Dead. His latest outing is a department from a genre he’s best known for, and could be his most mainstream. At the center of Parker’s latest, Full Measure, are the Norris brothers.

Patrick Norris is a vet returning from Afghanistan, marred by his war experience but optimistic that he could pick up his life back home, where his parents and troubled older brother, Ted, live. But things don’t turn out quite the way he had hoped: his parents’ avocado farm is in ruins after a devastating fire, and Ted’s reckless behaviors threatens to push him toward the point of no return.

Parker interviewed a number of returning soldier from Afghanistan for the novel, which is set against the Southern California landscape he has returned to time and time again.

T. Jefferson Parker will discuss and sign copies of the book at Vroman in November


T. Jefferson Parker, novelist of many books, including “Laguna Heat” and “The Famous and the Dead”. His latest is “Full Measure” (St. Martin’s Press, 2014).