John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut -EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award.
The first 60,000 copies of Irish thriller master Connolly's fifth Charlie Parker novel arrive signed, and with a CD. (The latter features tracks that either play a role in his darkly atmospheric novels, or are favored by their characters: everything from Kate Bush to Neko Case.) But fans won't need that much enticement to pick up his latest set of intricately plotted forays into the violent world of the undead. Parker has settled in Maine, still mourning his murdered wife and child while attempting devotion to his new partner, Rachel, and their infant daughter, Sam. At Sam's christening, Parker's sometime collaborator Louis receives an uninvited guest from New York: his aunt, distraught at the disappearance of her daughter, Alice, an NYC prostitute. It doesn't take much to draw an ambivalent Parker back into the game, and soon he's in New York and stumbling onto clues regarding the Black Angel, a statue associated with a Czech ossuary and sought by various evildoers for centuries-or perhaps a living, bloodthirsty spirit. Trips to the Czech Republic and elsewhere ensue as Parker seeks to know this latest face of evil. Connolly delivers a very intense blend of Parker's authentic soul searching and of his own distinctive, moody grue. 22-city author tour. (June) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
What's the mysterious Black Angel, and how is it connected to a young woman's disappearance, a church of bones, and the bloodbath at a monastery? Connolly stalwart Charlie Parker finds out. The entire first printing will be autographed; with a 12-city tour. Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
There is a precision to the horrors that make them one of the few sequences to have found anything interesting to say about serial killers since Thomas Harris. - IndependentConnolly has virtually no match when it comes to chilling his readers. - Daily ExpressA Gothic horror story and a well-paced thriller. John Connolly writes beautifully about a world that is desolate, pain-filled and seeming hopeless, with the powers of darkness always threatening to rent the fabric of reality and bring chaos. But he also has a keen eye for the underbelly of modern American life, a good ear for current street argot, and his violent set pieces are satisfyingly exciting and vibrantly realised. - Myles McWeeney, Irish IndependentColourful but visceral grand guignol, and definitely not to be read at night. - GuardianStylishly literate gore and terror - Kirkus Reviews Dark and powerful yet beautifully written - Big IssueGreat narrative talent packed with vivid scenes and sequences. An impressive feat of storytelling - Irish Times Weekend ReviewSatisfying and literate thrill ride - Evening Herald (Dublin)