The brand new thriller, featuring private detective Charlie Parker, from Sunday Times bestselling author of THE BLACK ANGEL
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.
Following the standalone The Book of Lost Things, Connolly returns to his Charlie Parker series in this dark and disturbing tale of retribution. The P.I. is hired by the daughter of a missing child psychiatrist being stalked by a man who insists that she knows where her father is. Parker discovers that the man is an ex-con with a missing family member of his own-his daughter Lucy, a patient of the psychiatrist. As Parker investigates, a decades-old pattern of child abuse begins to emerge, and Parker finds that the ex-con is not the only one seeking revenge. Connolly's latest offering deals with a disturbing subject that may not appeal to some readers, although his fans won't be disappointed. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 1/07.]-Lisa O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.
'Connolly handles the unspeakable with consummate ease' -- Daily Mirror 'As usual, there is an element of the supernatural, taking the reader into a place where the real, contemporary world is touched by something from our worst nightmares, and he does it in lyrical, almost poetic language which grips and chillls.' -- Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph 'John Connolly draws their shady presence into his rich, southern Gothic style which assumes evil to be an omnipresent, corrosive force of nature. Parker seeks truth and discovers pain. His sleuthing is fast-packed, which makesTHE UNQUIET a thrilling read' -- FT Magazine 'Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.' -- Publishers Weekly 'Connolly's books are shot through with bitter poetry, and couched in prose as elegant as most literary fiction ... But it's not just the US voice of his books that has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic; there's the sweeping canvas, more ambitious than most British-set crime thrillers. However, all of this is not the overriding reason why Connolly has risen above most of his peers. It's because Connolly's work has raised the stakes, beyond the quotidian concerns of most crime novels, into a grandiose conflict between the forces of good and evil, with religion and the paranormal stirred into the heady brew.' -- Independent 'Originality in story and style is what makes Connolly stand out from the thriller pack. THE UNQUIET is plotted and paced not to break your neck, like those of his rivals in the business, but to efficiently crush every bone in your body.' -- Daily Sport 'In two fascinating confrontational scenes between Parker and He/It-who-will-not-be-named here, (Connolly) writes superbly mesmerising dialogue. You'll be running shards of it through your mind after the book is finished ... THE UNQUIET ends with the tantalising suggestion that the detective, after years of relentless, self-righteous violence, has literally lost his soul - and that the ultimate enemy has yet to come. I can't wait.' -- Irish Times 'It is not every day that one gets to read a detective novel that penetrates deep into the world of abuse. Credit should go to Connolly for his willingness to tackle this difficult topic and for the depth of his research. THE UNQUIET reveals both pace, full description and a compelling central character. It's a rich achievement -- and strange that a master of the macabre like Connolly should seem such a nice guy.' -- Daily Express
In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker (after 2005's The Black Angel), Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances that left him guilt-ridden. Parker is drawn again into the darkest recesses of human nature when a new client, Rebecca Clay, retains him to protect her against a menacing stalker, Frank Merrick, who believes Rebecca knows the whereabouts of her father, Daniel, a child psychiatrist who vanished years before. Merrick suspects Daniel knows the truth about the fate of his own young daughter, whom Daniel treated and who disappeared without a trace while Merrick was incarcerated. Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings. 12-city author tour. (May) Copyright 2007 Reed Business Information.