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When Charlie Parker was still a boy, his father, an NYPD cop, killed a young couple, a boy and a girl barely older than his son, then took his own life. There was no explanation for his actions. Stripped of his private investigator's license, and watched by the police, Parker is working in a Portland bar, holding down a job and staying out of trouble. But in the background, he is working on his most personal case yet, an investigation into his own origins and the circumstances surrounding the death of his father, Will. It is an investigation that will reveal a life haunted by lies, by his mother's loss and his father's betrayal, by secrets kept and loyalties compromised. And by two figures in the shadows, a man and a woman, with only one purpose: to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence . . .
"The new Charlie Parker thriller"--Cover.
Stripped of his private investigator's license, and watched by the police, Charlie Parker is working in a Portland bar and staying out of trouble. But in the background, he is working on his most personal case yet, an investigation into his own origins and the strange circumstances surrounding his father's death. It is an investigation that will reveal a life haunted by lies, loss and betrayal, by secrets kept and loyalties compromised - and by two figures in the shadows, a man and a woman, with only one purpose: to bring an end to Parker's existence.
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Library Journal Review
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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
Publishers Weekly 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 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) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Private investigator Charlie Parker has been sidelined by the state of Maine. His PI license has been suspended, forcing Charlie to take a job in a Portland bar. But when he's not working at the bar, he undertakes a personal investigation: to learn why his NYPD-cop father apparently shot an unarmed young couple and then took his own life. His quest begins with a return to his boyhood home, a small town north of Manhattan. It's a sentimental journey, filled with painful memories, for the conflicted hero. The trip also offers the first hint of some kind of spectral evil that, inevitably, Charlie must confront and destroy. As his quest continues in New York City, he learns the truth about his father and prepares for the conflict between good and evil. Readers who discovered Irishman Connolly's dark, lyrical, and evocative gifts in The Reapers (2008) might be surprised or even put off by ghosts, forbidding mists, and evils that predate the Old Testament, but his many faithful followers will know he has trod this ground before. New Connolly readers should suspend disbelief and embrace one of the best crime novelists at work today.--Gaughan, Thomas Copyright 2009 Booklist
Kirkus Book Review
Bereft of his private investigator's license since his last horrific outing (The Reapers, 2008, etc.), Charlie Parker takes time out from tending bar in Portland, Maine, to confront the powers of Hell once more as he searches for the reason his father killed himself. On the face of it, the motive for William Parker's suicide was obvious. Since he'd just shot and killed an unarmed boy and girl, it shouldn't have been that great a surprise that the next day he topped himself as well. The question is: Why did he shoot the two teenagers in the first place? Charlie's mother never talked about it to the day of her death, and Dad's colleagues in the Pearl River Police Department aren't eager to discuss it now. But Charlie is persistent, as tenacious in his own way as Mickey Wallace, the pesky true-crime writer who's determined to turn the PI's checkered past into a book. At length Charlie coaxes a detailed statement out of Will Parker's retired partner, Jimmy Gallagher, and silence that amounts to confirmation out of Eddie Grace, another friend of Will's from the force. What Charlie learns about his father and his own birthright is so shattering, in fact, that it's enough to make you forget all about the curtain-raising death of Bobby Faraday, an engineering student whose apparent suicide is anything but. Even when you remember Bobby's murder, you may worry that Connolly himself has mislaid it in the thicket of genre-bending complications that run the gamut from digressive anecdotes to misleading circumstantial evidence to demonic possession. Never fear: After enough corpsessome past, some presentto get a new cemetery off to a roaring start, all will become clear. Or at least clear enough for Connolly's legion of followers. Though Charlie's investigation of his roots doesn't provide anything like closure to this heaven-storming series, it provides all the pleasures fans expect. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.