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The long-dead, gray-skinned wraiths Connolly conjures up in this thriller with a supernatural twist are lighthearted sprites compared to the grotesque humans who maim, rape and kill their way through the gore-clotted story of horror and revenge. Connolly's usual protagonist, Charlie "Bird" Parker (The White Road; Dark Hollow; Every Dead Thing), makes only a brief appearance here, for which he should give heartfelt thanks. Off the coast of Maine, Dutch Island, known to the old-timers as Sanctuary, is cursed by the spirits of those who died in a savage slaughter there in the year 1693. In the present day, imprisoned murderer Edward Moloch dreams of an ancient land where he is a hunter bent on the massacre of his wife and the inhabitants of a small village. Moloch, the worst of the bad men of the title, escapes from prison and leaves a trail of mutilated victims behind as he searches for the wife who several years earlier betrayed him to police to escape his brutality. On Dutch Island, longtime native Joe Dupree, known as Melancholy Joe, is the oversize (7' 2" and 360 pounds) but gentle chief of police. He's developed a fondness for beautiful newcomer Marianne Elliott, and the feeling is mutual. Unfortunately, Marianne is Moloch's ex-wife and Moloch's on his way, leading a small gang of other very bad men. It's a terrifying story, the action brutal, grotesque and unrelentingly violent. Horrified readers will turn the last blood-soaked page wondering if they would have begun the first had they known what was coming. Think Thomas Harris by way of Stephen King: haunting, compelling, but not for the faint of heart.
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The author of the Charlie Parker mysteries heads off in a different direction in his new novel. The small island of Sanctuary, off the coast of Maine, was once the scene of a bloody massacre. Now, three centuries later, evil has again come to the island, a modern-day evil with strange, eerie connections to the events of the late 1600s. Do two police officers have even a remote chance of stopping the carnage? This is one of those novels that refuses to be pigeonholed. It's a thriller; it's a mystery; it's a tale of the supernatural (sort of). At its center is Joe Dupree, the (literal) gentle giant of a cop, a man whose kindness and compassion would appear to make him a bad choice to defend the citizens of Sanctuary from the marauding evil that approaches. This elegantly written good-versus-evil story will appeal not only to crime-fiction readers but also to fans of such high-profile horror authors as King and Koontz. David Pitt
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All the books transcend the murder genre. I love the characters, esp. the hitmen angel and louis.Published 4 months ago by SUSAN COULOMBE
Somewhere along reading this book I got lost in its story line and lost interest not what I was expecting
I sat up late reading this book. My "spidey senses" were tingling and I knew there was going to be a payback for Moloch and friends. Read morePublished 15 months ago by Debbie Pearson
Well it was long and hard to understand in parts where it jumped from one part to another other than that it was injoyable to
read I would recommend to the serious reader that... Read more
The characters are interesting. The plot is predictable, but well described. There weren't a lot of surprises, but I was still interested to find out how it ends.Published 15 months ago by eh to zed
Another Charlie Parker book. Some of these books are a little scary due to the violence in them. I liked it and didn't like it. Read morePublished on Jan. 26 2013 by Linda J. Leclair
As his books go, they are very brutal and sometimes difficult to read. This is one of the better books. Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2012 by Linda J. Leclair