Synopses & Reviews
Hailed as "one of the best" (Toronto Sun
) writers of contemporary suspense fiction, international bestselling author John Connolly returns with an electrifying novel featuring his acclaimed private detective, Charlie Parker.
In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil and old evil is Charlie Parker's specialty. He's about to enter a living nightmare, a dreamscape of sorrow haunted by the murderous specter of a hooded woman, by a black car waiting for a passenger that never comes, and by the sinister complicity of both friends and enemies in Larousse's brutal death. Soon, all will face a final reckoning in an unearthly realm where the paths of the living and the dead converge. A place known only as the White Road.
"[A]mbitiously rich as ever, with lyrically dark watercolors. The explosive plot...takes a deeper cut than most thrillers and gathers moral weight as it moves at its own sweet pace....[N]ot your usual thriller. And the payoff comes singing like eelgrass in a stream." Kirkus Reviews
"The story is reasonably dark...but our hero himself is a lively storyteller....The private-eye genre is overflowing with first-person narrators, but Connolly...manages to find new things to do within this very familiar format. Fans of the Parker novels will be well pleased." David Pitt, Booklist
"Connolly...displays a superb sense of place, both in rural Maine and in the hallowed halls of Charleston." Bruce Tierney, BookPage
"[A] spine-tingling opus....The malevolence here is almost palpable (even more so than in Parker's earlier outings)." Publishers Weekly
"Darkly brilliant, spellbinding and disturbing....One of the best thriller writers we have." Harlan Coben, bestselling author of No Second Chance
The bestselling author of Every Dead Thing serves up a new thriller that finds troubled private eye Charlie "Bird" Parker racing to unravel the brutal rape and murder of a Southern millionaire's daughter.
International bestselling author John Connolly delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the Deep South. When private detective Charlie Parker gets a call from Elliot Norton, an old friend from his days with the NYPD, he agrees to help him defend a young black man accused of raping and killing his white girlfriend, the daughter of a powerful Southern millionaire. The investigation begins with a young woman's death and leads to an abyss where forces conspire to destroy all that Parker holds dear.
About the Author
John Connollyandnbsp;is the author ofandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Wrath of Angelsandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Burning Soulandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;The Book of Lost Thingsandlt;/iandgt;, andandnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Bad Menandlt;/iandgt;, among many others. He is a regular contributor toandlt;iandgt;andnbsp;The Irish Timesandlt;/iandgt;andnbsp;and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website atandnbsp;JohnConnollyBooks.com,andnbsp;or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.