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The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Thriller


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Charlie Parker investigates the case of his life in the chilling thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE REAPERS

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John Connolly is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. His debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. Before becoming a novelist, he spent five years working as a journalist for The Irish Times, to which he continues to contribute. In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.You can learn more from John's website,, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at


Connolly's ( ninth Charlie Parker title-following the New York Times best seller The Reapers (2008), also available from S. & S. Audio-has Parker, now stripped of his gun and PI license, working as a bar manager in Portland. Series narrator Jay O. Sanders effectively conveys the sense of Parker's past weighing upon him, smoothly transitions among characters, and accentuates the atmosphere of fear and suspense. A unique blend of supernatural thriller and crime novel sure to please fans. [Includes a bonus MP3-CD of Connolly's Every Dead Thing; an unabridged recording, read by George Guidall, is available from Recorded Books.-Ed.]-Theresa Stoner, St. Joseph Cty. P.L., South Bend, IN Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

More restrained and reflective . . . but no less powerful - Sunday TimesAs ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic. - IndependentVisionary brand of neo-noir . . . terrifically exciting, tightly plotted . . . written in an uncommonly fine, supple, sensuous prose. - Irish TimesTremendous stuff, as Connolly's novels always are. - Independent on SundayHis latest plot is a clever mixture of quest and chase, written in prose that unfolds at warp speed, and rarely fails to sing. - ObserverA tightly plotted, beautifully constructed novel where John Connolly exhibits his considerable skills. - crimesquadYou 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 ExpressHis usual intriguing blend of fast-paced crime fiction and fantasy. - Independent

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 ofÅthe 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. (June) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.

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