New York Times bestselling author John Connolly is a master of the supernatural thriller—“a genre of one” (Bookreporter)—whose eerie and electrifying Charlie Parker mystery turns a small town in Maine into an unforgettable character that threatens to destroy the brooding private investigator.
The isolated community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived. While others suffered, the people there have remained fortunate, wealthy, secure, and insular throughout the centuries.
Miles to the south, in Portland, a homeless man dies, and the disturbing manner of his death brings Prosperous to the attention of the private investigator Charlie Parker. He is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, rage, and the desire for vengeance. Prosperous and its townsfolk recognize that he poses a threat to their security that runs deeper than any in their long history.
But this community has its own way of protecting itself, and its sheltered residents have marked Charlie for death so that Prosperous may survive. Prosperous, and the secret that is buried beneath it…
Connolly's absorbing 12th Charlie Parker novel (after 2013's The Wrath of Angels) finds the PI, based in Portland, Maine, still on the hunt for the serial killer known as the Collector, with his sidekicks and comic relief Angel and Louis in tow. Meanwhile, the seeming suicide of one of the city's better known homeless men, Jude, diverts his attention. Before Jude's death, Parker was intent on tracking down his estranged, wayward daughter, Annie, to try to reestablish a connection. The investigative trail leads to the wealthy, isolated town of Prosperous, Maine. Sparks and bullets fly when Parker starts poking his nose into the deeper secrets of Prosperous, where he finds out fast that some secrets are worth killing for. A compellingly flawed hero and a detail-rich plot make for another satisfying read, though the strong supernatural vein won't appeal to every crime fiction fan.
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The wolf in winter
It's 5:59 a.m on Long Island New York , and I spent the night reading this wonderful ,strange and even funny book. I love the charley Parker novels. I love that it opens my mind that all is not what it seems to be. Thank you John Connolly
Amazing / heart throbbing book!
Awesome book , yet another crucial piece of puzzle slowly coming together about Charlie Parker !!
Yet another fantastic read
I love this guy's writing. I only wish I didn't read them so quickly. I can't put them down!