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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 (www.johnconnollybooks.com) 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.