Charlie Parker returns in the chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE REAPERS
John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut - EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award.
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 ofÅthe 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) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
Connolly's (www.johnconnollybooks.com) ninth Charlie Parker title-following the New York Times best seller The Reapers (2008), also available from S. & S. Audio-has Parker, now stripped of his gun and PI license, working as a bar manager in Portland. Series narrator Jay O. Sanders effectively conveys the sense of Parker's past weighing upon him, smoothly transitions among characters, and accentuates the atmosphere of fear and suspense. A unique blend of supernatural thriller and crime novel sure to please fans. [Includes a bonus MP3-CD of Connolly's Every Dead Thing; an unabridged recording, read by George Guidall, is available from Recorded Books.-Ed.]-Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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 A strange, compelling mixture of genuinely scary gothic horror, humour and hard-nosed crime, The Lovers is among his best. Best read by torchlight in a broken-down car, right at the end of a forest track. During a storm. Herald 'Superbly written ... another excellent entry in the Charlie Parker series and can be easily read as a stand-alone' 4 stars RTE Guide