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The Loversby John Connolly
John Connolly is a superb writer. His words read like poetry. His characters are quirky and flawed, but they are ultimately some of the most interesting people you will ever meet in a novel (or anywhere else). The Lovers throws Charlie Parker, the protagonist of seven of Connolly's other novels, back to his haunted past, weaving together previous plot streams. Charlie is confronted by some unusual information from an even more unusual source and, by the end, he is left with a completely new set of questions. The Lovers holds together as a stand-alone thriller, but if you have not read the other Charlie Parker books, do yourself a favor start with Every Dead Thing and be properly introduced to Charlie and his friends (and enemies).
Synopses & Reviews
Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teenagers. It's a search that will eventually lead Parker to question all that he believed about his beloved parents, and about himself.
But there are other forces at work: a troubled young woman who is running from an unseen threat, one that has already taken the life of her boyfriend; and a journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace, who is conducting an investigation of his own. And haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman who seem driven to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence.
Haunting, lyrical, and impossible to put down, The Lovers is John Connolly at his best.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.)
"New Connolly readers should suspend disbelief and embrace one of the best crime novelists at work today." Booklist
"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." Kirkus Reviews
"A unique blend of supernatural thriller and crime novel sure to please fans." Library Journal
Charlie Parker returns in New York Times-bestselling author Connolly's most chilling and mesmerizing thriller to date.
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.
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