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Charlie Parker is back, and on the trail of the assassin of assassins in 'the most purely entertaining novel Connolly has ever written' Irish Times

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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, www.johnconnollybooks.com, find him on Facebook, and follow him on Twitter at twitter.com/jconnollybooks.

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The past comes back with a vengeance in bestseller Connolly's unsettling eighth novel to feature ex-NYPD detective turned disgraced PI Charlie "Bird" Parker (after The Unquiet). Parker's confidantes Louis and Angel--an ex-hit man and his lover--are targeted by members of a shadowy group of assassins known as the Reapers, of which Louis was a member. From Gabriel, his father-figure and mentor, Louis learns that the father of one of his long-ago targets is tracking him down bent on revenge. Thrown into the already explosive mix is Bliss, a former colleague of Louis's who went rogue and has his own reasons for wanting Louis dead. When Louis and Angel head upstate for a showdown with the killers, Parker follows as back up. Series fans may initially be disappointed to see Parker on the sidelines, but Connolly's rich prose and compelling plot more than compensate. 10-city author tour. (June) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

Author on blood-chilling form. - Barry Forshaw, Good Book GuideConnolly's compulsive plot ensures that the bloody narrative never descends into a mindless gore-fest, but matures into a gripping tale of friendship and revenge. - The TimesConnolly's is a unique talent - Susanna Yager, Sunday TelegraphIt's a must-read for fans of Connolly, offering a rare insight into the background of the slightly dark and dangerous duo who have featured in this series, where death and demons go hand-in-hand. - Evening TelegraphAs ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic . . . Refreshingly, Connolly has always resisted repeating himself, and the plot trajectory is strikingly innovative. The Reapers affords unusually bracing doses of Stygian delights. - Barry Forshaw, IndependentUtterly compelling tale of mystery and imagination . . . A supernatural western set among an elite cadre of samurai-style contract killers and the most purely entertaining novel Connolly has written. - Irish TimesThis painstaking recreation of realistic settings sets the former journalist's works of fiction apart from many of his contemporaries. - Evening HeraldFans of Connolly's work will be aware of Angel and Louis, two shadowy assassins, and this new Charlie Parker novel explores their back-story, set against their encounter with Bliss, the killer of killers. - Scotland on Sunday

Connolly's latest novel (after The Unquiet) features the enigmatic characters Angel and Louis, introduced in previous books as sometime associates of former detective Charlie Parker. Louis contacts an ex-associate for information when figures from Louis's shady past as a member of an organization of elite killers reappear and target his home and friends. At the same time, his assistance is requested by a reclusive billionaire who seeks revenge against an old enemy who seems to be connected to the attacks against Louis. After Louis's ex-associate is shot, Louis and Angel agree to act on the billionaire's behalf, but the hunters end up being hunted when they find their information is incomplete. The novel flashes back on Louis's life as characters from his past reappear in his present, and readers learn what put him on the reaper's path. This latest offering from Connolly is as dark and convoluted as his previous novels and just as enjoyable. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 2/15/08.]--Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnepeg Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.

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