But that is the nature of revenge. It escalates. It
cannot be controlled. One hurt invites another, on
and on until the original injury is all but forgotten
in the chaos of what follows.
John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling
have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller
writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie
Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal,
unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending
evil whose conclusion is not yet written.
Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has gone
missing. His daughter insists that he killed himself
after allegations surfaced that he had betrayed his
patients to foul and evil men -- but when a killer
obsessed with uncovering the truth behind his own daughter's
disappearance comes seeking revenge, long-forgotten
secrets begin to emerge. Hired by Dr. Clay's daughter
to protect her from the predator on the loose, tortured
and ingenious private detective Charlie Parker finds
himself trapped between those who want the truth to
be revealed and those who will go to any length to
keep it hidden.
John Connolly masterfully intertwines secret lives
and secret sins with the violence that so often lies
beneath the surface of the honeycomb world in this
gripping page-turner. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and elegantly
written, The Unquiet is John Connolly at his chilling
New York Times bestselling author John Connolly's
unique imagination takes readers through the end of
innocence into adulthood and beyond in this dark and
triumphantly creative novel of grief and loss, loyalty
and love, and the redemptive power of stories.
High in his attic bedroom, twelve-year-old David mourns
the death of his mother. He is angry and alone, with
only the books on his shelf for company. But those
books have begun to whisper to him in the darkness,
and as he takes refuge in his imagination, he finds
that reality and fantasy have begun to meld. While
his family falls apart around him, David is violently
propelled into a land that is a strange reflection
of his own world, populated by heroes and monsters,
and ruled over by a faded king who keeps his secrets
in a mysterious book... The Book of Lost Things.
An imaginative tribute to the journey we must all
make through the loss of innocence into adulthood,
John Connolly's latest novel is a book for every adult
who can recall the moment when childhood began to fade,
and for every adult about to face that moment. The
Book of Lost Things is a story of hope for all who
have lost, and for all who have yet to lose. It is
an exhilarating tale that reminds us of the enduring
power of stories in our lives.
When a young woman disappears from the streets of
New York City, ties of friendship and blood inevitably
draw ingenious, tortured detective Charlie Parker into
the search. Soon he discovers links to a church of
bones in Eastern Europe, a 1944 slaughter at a French
monastery, and to the myth of an object known as the
Black Angel -- considered by evil men to be beyond
priceless. But the Black Angel is not a legend. It
is real. It lives. It dreams. And the mystery of its
existence may contain the secret of Parker's own origins.
Bestselling author John Connolly's first collection of short fiction, Nocturnes, now features five additional stories -- never-before published for an American audience -- in a dark, daring, utterly haunting anthology of lost lovers and missing children, predatory demons, and vengeful ghosts. In "The New Daughter," a father comes to suspect that a burial mound on his land hides something very ancient, and very much alive; in "The Underbury Witches," two London detectives find themselves battling a particularly female evil in a town culled of its menfolk. And finally, private detective Charlie Parker returns in the long novella "The Reflecting Eye," in which the photograph of an unknown girl turns up in the mailbox of an abandoned house once occupied by an infamous killer. This discovery forces Parker to confront the possibility that the house is not as empty as it appears, and that something has been waiting in the darkness for its chance to kill again.
On the Maine island once known as Sanctuary, policeman
Joe Dupree is the guardian of its secrets, keeper of
its memories. He knows that Sanctuary had been steeped
in carnage once, centuries ago, when its settlers were
betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Now, a strange,
otherworldly evil is about to descend again....With
rookie officer Sharon Macy, Joe stands guard against
a bloodthirsty band of men set on murder, robbery,
and retribution. But unleashing the fury of the ghosts
of the past will have unimaginable consequences for
any who spill innocent blood on Sanctuary's shores.
Hailed as "one of the best" (Toronto Sun) writers
of contemporary suspense fiction, international bestselling
author John Connolly returns with an electrifying novel featuring
his acclaimed private detective, Charlie Parker.
In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty
for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of
one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that
nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil -- and old
evil is Charlie Parker's specialty. He's about to enter a
living nightmare, a dreamscape of sorrow haunted by the murderous
specter of a hooded woman, by a black car waiting for a passenger
that never comes, and by the sinister complicity of both
friends and enemies in Larousse's brutal death. Soon, all
will face a final reckoning in an unearthly realm where the
paths of the living and the dead converge. A place known
only as the White Road.
When the discovery of a mass grave in
northern Maine reveals the grim truth behind
the disappearance of a religious community,
private detective Charlie Parker is drawn
into a violent conflict with a group of
zealots intent on tracking down a relic
that could link them to the slaughter.
Haunted by the ghost of a small boy and
tormented by the demonic killer known as
Mr. Pudd, Parker is forced to fight for
his lover, his friends...and his very soul.
Haunted by the murder of his wife and daughter, former New
York police detective Charlie Parker retreats home to Scarborough,
Maine, to rebuild his shattered life. But his return reawakens
old ghosts, drawing him into the manhunt for the killer of
yet another mother and child. The obvious suspect is the
young woman's violent ex-husband. But there is another possibility
-- a mythical killer who lurks deep in the dark hollow of
Parker's own past, a figure that has haunt....
Hailed internationally as a page-turner in a league with the fiction of Thomas Harris, this lyrical and terrifying bestseller is the stunning achievement of an "extravagantly gifted" (Kirkus Reviews) new novelist. John Connolly superbly taps into the tortured mind and gritty world of former NYPD detective Charlie "Bird" Parker, tormented by the brutal, unsolved murders of his wife and young daughter. Driven by visions of the dead, Parker tracks a serial killer from New York City to the American South, and finds his buried instincts -- for love, survival, and, ultimately, for killing -- awakening as he confronts a monster beyond imagining...