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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; First Edition edition (September 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439165270
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439165270
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 6.2 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (113 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #621,498 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews


“An intelligent, plausible thriller, both harrowing and memorable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Connolly’s latest Charlie Parker thriller offers a powerful story line that weaves together suspense, mystery and a small touch of the supernatural.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A superb mystery.”—Mystery Gazette

“Compulsively readable. . . .crackling to a smoking conclusion.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune

“A complex story leading to an explosive and terrifying end game.”—The Irish Independent

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of The Wrath of AngelsThe Burning SoulThe Book of Lost Things, and Bad Men, among many others. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.

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I was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and have, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a "gofer" at Harrods department store in London. I studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which I continue to contribute, although not as often as I would like. I still try to interview a few authors every year, mainly writers whose work I like, although I've occasionally interviewed people for the paper simply because I thought they might be quirky or interesting. All of those interviews have been posted to my website,

I was working as a journalist when I began work on my first novel. Like a lot of journalists, I think I entered the trade because I loved to write, and it was one of the few ways I thought I could be paid to do what I loved. But there is a difference between being a writer and a journalist, and I was certainly a poorer journalist than I am a writer (and I make no great claims for myself in either field.) I got quite frustrated with journalism, which probably gave me the impetus to start work on the novel. That book, Every Dead Thing, took about five years to write and was eventually published in 1999. It introduced the character of Charlie Parker, a former policeman hunting the killer of his wife and daughter. Dark Hollow, the second Parker novel, followed in 2000. The third Parker novel, The Killing Kind, was published in 2001, with The White Road following in 2002. In 2003, I published my fifth novel - and first stand-alone book - Bad Men. In 2004, Nocturnes, a collection of novellas and short stories, was added to the list, and 2005 marked the publication of the fifth Charlie Parker novel, The Black Angel. In 2006, The Book of Lost Things, my first non-mystery novel, was published.

Charlie Parker has since appeared in five additional novels: The Unquiet, The Reapers (where he plays a secondary role to his associates, Louis and Angel), The Lovers, The Whisperers, and The Burning Soul. The eleventh Charlie Parker novel, The Wrath of Angels, will be available in the UK in August 2012 and in the US in January 2013.

The Gates launched the Samuel Johnson series for younger readers in 2009, followed by Hell's Bells (UK)/The Infernals (US) in 2011. A third Samuel Johnson novel should be finished in 2013.

I am also the co-editor, with fellow author Declan Burke, of Books to Die For, an anthology of essays from the world's top crime writers in response to the question, "Which book should all lovers of crime fiction read before they die?" Books to Die For is available in the UK as of August 2012, and will be available in the US in October 2012.

I am based in Dublin but divide my time between my native city and the United States, where each of my novels has been set.

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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful By michael a. draper VINE VOICE on November 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
John Connolly elegantly describes life in a small town in Maine and the affects on people's lives when a young girl, Anna Kore, becomes missing.

Randall Haight is an intensely private man who doesn't want his past to be known because he killed a young girl when he was age fourteen.

After serving eighteen years in prison, Randall was released. The records were sealed and he and the other boy involved in the murder, were given new identities.

Someone is mailing pictures to Randall that showed the barn door where he and his friend murdered the girl.

Afraid that he'll be made the scapegoate if he informs the authorities about his past, he hires Charlie Parker to put a stop to it.

Parker is haunted by the death of his own small daughter but takes the case because Haight's attorney speculates that the person harassing her client might be Anna's kidnapper.

Connolly writes in a literary style that is delicious to read, "...there are other places that speak of the ferocity of the sea, of communities sheltering behind butresses of black rock and shingle beaches against which the waves throw themselves like besieging armies..."

There are a number of parallel story lines that merge together in a tidy conclusion with some interesting twists and surprises which add to the reader's enjoyment.

Although not one of Connolly's best, I would rate this a 3 1/2 star, moving up to 4 stars for the story line and literary manner of writing.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Josh Mauthe on September 11, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Not long after The Burning Soul begins, we meet a man now named Randall Haight, a man who under another name as a teenager once killed a girl, and who now has become a grown man trying to escape the shadow of his past deeds. In many ways, The Burning Soul is as much Haight's story as it is Charlie Parker's, and there's no denying that Haight's complex personal identity, one fractured over time by legal authorities, guilt, and a desire to remake himself lead to a heartbreaking character born as much of damage as evil. The Burning Soul is more "grounded" than a lot of the rest of the Parker books, becoming almost more of a straight crime novel than one that sinks into the "honeycomb world" of spirits and shades that so many of Parker's books inhabit. I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing; Connolly tells a great story, and the plot machinations here - which begin with a missing girl, but soon come to involve a fallen mob boss, a lot of power plays, and the complicated past of Randall Haight - are rewarding and filled with all sorts of bluffs, swerves, and rewarding reveals. I'd be lying if I didn't say that I missed the truly chilling and unsettling darkness and evil that Connolly so often brings into Parker's world, but his complex moral world - one in which a child killer may be surprisingly sympathetic, while an FBI agent may be willing to do monstrous things - is a compelling one, and his writing is as poetic and gorgeous as it ever is. And that's not to say that Connolly entirely eschews his shadows here; as always with Parker, the past is uncomfortably close, and there's always a sense of something more than we ever see to his novels. I may not think The Burning Soul is up there with The Killing Kind or The Black Angel, but it's still a Charlie Parker novel as written by one of the most talented, beautifully writing craftsmen in the thriller genre today, and that makes it definitely worth the time to seek out and find.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Baker VINE VOICE on September 14, 2011
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I love John Connolly and have read all of his books, but his last effort felt flat to me.
Charlie Parker, in this book, is depressed, lonely, and is constantly questioning his abilities. I want the confident and mysterious Charlie back.

The first half of the book flows very smoothly and then about 1/2 way through gets completely goofy. The ghost in the story really doesn't make a lot of sense and just confuses the story even more, as does the case of Lenny who shot a neighbor over a dog. These are just two instances where it didnt make sense to even add this information. The many endings were interesting but really didn't have anything to tie them together. It's as if I was reading two or three stories instead of one (but not in a good, page turning way.)

Again, this author is fantastic and most of the reviews are positive, but to me after the middle it just got tiresome. I also would have loved to see more of Angel and Lewis as they are both some of my favorite fictional characters.

I would wait until the price drops on kindle to at least 9.99 before purchasing it. I wish I would have.

If you have not read a John Connolly novel before I urge you to read THE BLACK ANGEL, I think it is his best.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 6, 2011
Format: Hardcover
In Pastor's Bay, Maine Randall Haight consults with attorney Aimee Price over unsigned threatening letters he receives in the mail at a time when fourteen years old Anna Kore vanished from a strip mall. The anonymous author knows who Randall was. When he was fourteen years old William Lagenheimer and a buddy raped and killed a teenage African-American girl. He was convicted and did time. Upon his release, the state court granted him a new identity.

Aimee persuades private investigator Charlie Parker to look into who the pen pal is and if the timing is deliberate to make Haight the suspect in the Kore case. Although Charlie detests doing anything for a rapist-killer, he begins his inquiry into Haight's claims of being a victim, a town without pity horrific heritage and the Kore clan's bloody secrets.

The latest Charlie Parker investigation (see The Whisperers) is a superb mystery as readers will understand troubled Parker's self flagellation as he realizes perhaps too late his arrogance could harm the abductee. The story line starts slow but a few chapters in accelerates into a terrific running out of clock thriller with a great late twist as Parker and law enforcement know each hour a kidnap victim remains a captive means it is less likely finding the person alive. Readers will appreciate Parker's doubts as he wonders if he is doing more harm than good.

Harriet Klausner
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