Chaos and murder arrive in Charlie Parker’s hometown of Portland, Maine, with two connected crimes in the latest novel in #1 nationally bestselling author John Connolly’s “flawless and highly suspenseful” (PopSugar) series.
New York Times bestselling author John Connolly pits Parker against two separate—but vitally connected—investigations, which prove to be among the most complicated of his entire career in this “must-read for the author’s fans and a good introduction to the series for newbie” (Booklist).
In The Sisters Strange, criminal Raum Buker arrives in Portland, only for a shocking act of theft to threaten not only his own existence but those of his former lovers—the enigmatic sisters Strange.
And in the title novel, The Furies, Parker must protect two women under threat as Portland shuts down in the face of a global pandemic. But it may be that those clients are more capable of taking care of themselves than anyone could have imagined.
In The Sisters Strange, the first of two novels in Connolly's exceptional 20th book featuring Portland, Maine, PI Charlie Parker (after 2021's The Nameless Ones), a lumber company owner fears that his girlfriend is at risk from her ex-lover, ex-con Raum Buker. Parker's probing leads him to believe that Buker may be connected with the theft of some valuable coins and drawn the ire of a murderous collector, who has already left bodies in his wake, including a man choked to death by coins forced down the victim's throat. In the title novel, set at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Parker's approached for help by mobster Nate Sawyer's widow. After Sawyer was poisoned in jail, her husband's former criminal associates harass and assault her, believing she knows where he hid some stolen money. Vivid word pictures ("she caught an inkling of something in his eyes beyond mere annoyance, like the brief flash of a sharp blade before its owner thinks better of using it and sheaths it once again") and humor enhance suspenseful plotlines. This is an easy entry point for newcomers.
Two separate stories that didn’t tie together. Odd. Meandering for the most part. Love the writing style but thin on activity.