It's Raining Books Sale
 
 

Recently Viewed clear list


Original Essays | September 30, 2014

Brian Doyle: IMG The Rude Burl of Our Masks



One day when I was 12 years old and setting off on my newspaper route after school my mom said will you stop at the doctor's and pick up something... Continue »
  1. $13.27 Sale Trade Paper add to wish list

    Children and Other Wild Animals

    Brian Doyle 9780870717543

spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$3.25
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Local Warehouse Mystery- A to Z

The Lovers

by

The Lovers Cover

ISBN13: 9781416569541
ISBN10: 1416569545
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $3.25!

 

Staff Pick

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).
Recommended by Lynn, Powells.com

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

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.

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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.)

Review:

"New Connolly readers should suspend disbelief and embrace one of the best crime novelists at work today." Booklist

Review:

"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

Review:

"A unique blend of supernatural thriller and crime novel sure to please fans." Library Journal

Synopsis:

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.

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 1 comment:

MarcusHorne, August 2, 2009 (view all comments by MarcusHorne)
With his private investigator's license revoked (see THE REAPERS), Charlie Parker leaves New York City to tend bar in Portland, Maine. The job gives him time think about the other tragedy in his life besides the murders of his wife and daughter that haunts him. When Charlie was fifteen, his father Will an NYPD cop shot dead two teens, who after he kills them learns they were unarmed. Unable cope, Will committed suicide.

As Charlie digs into the background of that traumatic incident, he finds some shocking evidence that makes him wonder if his beloved parents were his biological ones. He decides to return to Manhattan to investigate and avoid the police. At the same time a frightened disturbed woman is on the run from whatever killed her boyfriend. Writer Mickey Wallace investigates the stranger that haunt the Big Apple; as this pair converge on Charlie, two of the undying also come together wanting Parker dead.

Charlie's focus remains on his personal life, but spins to what happened to his father rather than himself. He is at his best as he begins to uncover shocker after shocker as if someone has connected his body to live electrical wires (see the Cheney torture handbook for more details). He makes the LOVERS a great urban Noir fantasy although the paranormal is kept to the minimal. Readers will relish his escapades as Charlie investigates his father's suicide while the undying want to give him an opportunity to question dad in whatever hell the dead old man resides in.
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 1 readers found this comment helpful)

Product Details

ISBN:
9781416569541
Subtitle:
A Thriller
Author:
Connolly, John
Publisher:
Atria Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense fiction
Subject:
Private investigators
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20090602
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
352
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

Other books you might like

  1. Cemetery Dance
    Used Hardcover $5.95
  2. The Frightened Man Used Trade Paper $5.95
  3. The Bone Garden
    Used Mass Market $3.95
  4. The Sinner Used Mass Market $2.95
  5. Tower Hill
    Used Mass Market $2.95
  6. Knock Me Off My Feet Used Mass Market $2.95

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Mystery » A to Z

The Lovers Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$3.25 In Stock
Product details 352 pages Atria Books - English 9781416569541 Reviews:
"Staff Pick" by ,

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).

"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "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.)
"Review" by , "New Connolly readers should suspend disbelief and embrace one of the best crime novelists at work today."
"Review" by , "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."
"Review" by , "A unique blend of supernatural thriller and crime novel sure to please fans."
"Synopsis" by , Charlie Parker returns in New York Times-bestselling author Connolly's most chilling and mesmerizing thriller to date.
spacer
spacer
  • back to top
Follow us on...




Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.