My rating: 5 of 5 stars
I know of no author who writes such unique characters as does T. Jefferson Parker. Joe Trona (the protagonist in Silent Joe) is yet another in Parker’s stable of main characters that I loved getting to know. He is the 23-year-old adopted son of a politician who spends his entire life thankful to the father who saved him from a family-less life–picked Joe from among all other children in the Home despite the acid burns that covered half of Joe’s face. From that day forward, Trona hones his body to a level of strength that will defend him from future attacks and trains his mind to seek out danger to his father. But, early in the story, he fails and his father dies. Joe makes it his job to find the killers and bring them to justice.
Throughout the story, Parker’s characterization of Joe is creative, fascinating, unique. I am entertained by his take on events and enthralled by his ability to puzzle out solutions. Joe is the only fully-fleshed character in the book, but where usually that results in a flat story, in this case, Joe’s quirks are more than enough. Highly recommended to anyone doing character studies or writers working on developing their skills at portraying the actors in their own novels.