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The Whisperers


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Charlie Parker returns in the chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE LOVERS

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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.


Crime at it's chilling best. - Canberra Times on The Lovers'John Connolly is the new Stephen King. The man can really write, he understands how ordinary people go bad, and he s a master of that brand of deliciously suspenseful horror that thrills with every turn of the page.' - The AgeConnolly's imagination like that of C.S.Lewis, serves a moral code - Sydney Morning HeraldHe can turn even the most innocuous of descriptions into emotive works of art - Herald SunA powerful, intelligent story set in a finely detailed, decadent world. - West Australian on The White RoadA tour de force finale in a book which will sure be a bestseller this summer. It well deserves to be. - Independent on SundayThis is one of Connolly's darker, scarier novels, all the more effective for the way the supernatural elements arise organically out of the realistic detail - GuardianConnolly subtly combines the supernatural with the traditional crime story to superb effect. And in Herod, a man being eaten by cancer, he may have created his creepiest villain yet. - Sun

Charlie Parker, Louis, Angel, and even the Collector are back in Connolly's eighth Parker thriller (after The Lovers). Parker is contacted by the father of a recently returned Iraqi veteran who committed suicide, even though he had what he'd called "a good war." When Parker starts asking questions, he finds that this is not the only member of Stryker C who has taken their own life and that there is something "hinky" going on. As with anything Parker is involved with, the supernatural is at play, and lots of big guns, too. Parker is kidnapped and an attempt is made to scare him off the investigation but instead he calls in Angel and Louis to watch his back as he finds out what the men of Stryker C are up to. Verdict A typical Charlie Parker novel chock-full of action and monsters, both human and not, that will be snapped up by his fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/10.]-Lisa Hanson O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

Ancient artifacts and the second Iraqi War provide the backdrop for Connolly's outstanding ninth novel featuring PI Charlie Parker (after The Lovers). When the former NYPD homicide detective looks into the suicide of an Iraq war veteran, he discovers that several members of the soldier's unit have also killed themselves and that they may have been involved in smuggling looted treasures into the U.S. Parker begins to fear that the returning soldiers have brought back more than their own personal demons. As he races to find an antique golden box before it falls into the wrong hands, Parker discovers that he's being shadowed by the enigmatic Collector, a repulsive killer whose nature is as problematic as that of Parker himself. Connolly displays a real knack for fusing the detective and horror genres, providing a rational chain of evidence and deduction for the plot while simultaneously creating a real atmosphere of numinous dread that reminds us that mystery can refer to more than a mundane tale of crime and human justice. (July) Copyright 2010 Reed Business Information.

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