The Independent on Sunday described John Connolly’s Charlie Parker crime thrillers as “the finest crime series currently in existence” and they’re not wrong. Since John published Every Dead Thing in 1999 he has consistently been at the top of the Sunday Times bestsellers list. He is also the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award. The latest is The Wolf in Winter, the twelfth in the highly acclaimed Charlie Parker series, which was released in the UK in April 2014.
Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins . . .
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .
But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.
Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.
The finest crime series currently in existence (Independent on Sunday)
[What] is so impressive [is] the fact that he’s able to work poetic language into the thriller format . . . 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)
Skilful at humour and building suspense, Connolly’s writing is also poignant and at times downright beautiful (Sunday Business Post)
Connolly’s writing is poetic, mystical – and almost impossible to put down (Woman & Home)
Few thriller writers can create a sense of menace and evil as deftly as Connolly does. Compelling. (Irish Independent)
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