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The Lovers: A Thriller (Charlie Parker Thrillers) Hardcover – June 2, 2009
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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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About the Author
John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at www.johnconnolly.co.uk.
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Charlie Parker is languishing after the suspension of his PI license. Managing a bar, he is glumly aware of the end of his relationship with the mother of his child and that forces beyond his control are dictating his life. He decides to go where only fallen angels dare to tread---his heritage and the tragedy of his father's suicide after the questionable shooting of two teenagers many years before. As secrets are revealed and murders are committed, Parker realizes that he is on a collision course with the evil that has haunted his life and destroyed his loved ones. Louis and Angel make a brief but welcome appearance as does the icky collector.
The lyrical writing underscores the unmitigated ugliness of evil. It appears that the fallow period is ending for Parker and there is promise of new love and even darker investigations.
I am reading the Parker series in order, and am so glad I have done so, although it makes it hard to remember what happened in what book. :) for me at least.
Books 1-2 were the best to me so far, not to say that 3-7 were anything short of wonderful. I just sort of lost steam on the series after the Reapers and took a little pause. "The Lovers" really sparked my interest again, and I could not put it down. I was so excited to continue on now that I just ordered the next book, after just finishing this last night. You won't regret it.
There is a slight undercurrent of supernatural about the main characters, but the stories are basically about murder, good and evil. The main character, Charlie Parker, is the strong, silent loner who uses his righteousness as a weapon in his fight against evil. This may sound weird or I'm describing this poorly, but you have to read this series. It's all so intriguing and will have you wondering, "Who is Charlie Parker?" A fallen demon trying to redeem himself? A struggling angel trying to get his wings back? Or a simply a good man who is constantly confronted by evil?
I highly recommend all of John Connolly's books. If you haven't read them yet . . . you're in for a treat. His books are a cross between Dean Koontz and Michael Connelly.