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The Lovers: A Thriller

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLING AUTHOR JOHN CONNOLLY WRITES A LYRICAL, HAUNTING TALE THAT TURNS TO PRIVATE INVESTIGATOR CHARLIE PARKER S HIDDEN PAST . . . AND A SEARCH THAT FORCES HIM TO INVESTIGATE ALL THAT HE HAS EVER BELIEVED TRUE ABOUT HIS BELOVED PARENTS AND HIMSELF. Stripped of his license, Charlie Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. Alone and directionless, he faces at last a shadow he has lived with since his childhood: what made his father, a respected police officer, apparently shoot dead two unarmed teens and then commit suicide. His quest leads him back to the little New York town where he grew up, to the mysterious history of the NYPD, and to the existence of secret friends and hidden enemies. And waiting in the shadows, as they have been throughout Charlie s life, are a man and a woman with only one purpose: to bring an end to his very existence. . . ."
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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.

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.

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