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Starred Review. Bestseller Connolly once again expertly melds a hard-boiled plot with the supernatural in his eighth Charlie Parker crime novel (after The Reapers). While previous books in the series explored the trauma at the heart of Parker's backstory, the murder of the PI's wife and daughter, this one examines an equally devastating family trauma—the suicide of his New York City policeman father, Will, after Will gunned down two unarmed teenagers decades earlier. As Parker, who was 15 at the time, seeks the truth about his ancestry, he comes to doubt that he was raised by his biological parents. When he learns a pair of undying beings have him at the top of their hit list, he decides to return to New York City after a stint tending bar in Maine. The underlying grim sadness and Connolly's unwillingness to pull his punches will appeal to noir fans, while his effective use of understatement and evocative prose makes his alternate universe plausible. (June)
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"* 'John Connolly is the creator of a unique blend of thriller and horror which receives rave reviews every time for his lyrical, almost poetic language' Sunday Telegraph * 'More restrained and reflective... but no less powerful' - Marcel Berlins, Sunday Times * 'As ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic.' - Barry Forshaw, Independent * 'Visionary brand of neo-noir... terrifically exciting, tightly plotted... written in an uncommonly fine, supple, sensuous prose.' - Irish Times * 'Tremendous stuff, as Connolly's novels always are.' - Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday * 'His latest plot is a clever mixture of quest and chase, written in prose that unfolds at warp speed, and rarely fails to sing.' - Observer * 'A tightly plotted, beautifully constructed novel where John Connolly exhibits his considerable skills.' - crimesquad * 'You may think at times you are reading a literary novel but then Connolly will remind you he's just as adept at the violent strategies of the thriller. Either way you will be left shaken by the experience.' - Daily Express * 'His usual intriguing blend of fast-paced crime fiction and fantasy.' - Independent" --This text refers to the Paperback edition.See all Editorial Reviews
I love the Charlie Parker novels. Have read almost all of them and cannot get enough of this wonderful author John Connolly.Published 1 month ago by Amy Cavanagh
I had been dying to gain more insight into the tragic past of Charlie Parker's father and voilà, all is revealed in this important addition to the series. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Donald A Williams
I never write lengthy reviews, but I became sold on Connolly after "The Book of Lost Things" and "Nocturnes" which I confess I found in the bookstore and purchased... Read morePublished 2 months ago by betsybug1
Typically good John Connolly fiction. Somewhat heavy on super-natural themes, but very thought provoking.Published 3 months ago by pilgrim