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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (June 26 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439165289
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439165287
  • Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 3 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 249 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #159,654 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“An intelligent, plausible thriller, both harrowing and memorable.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Connolly’s latest Charlie Parker thriller offers a powerful story line that weaves together suspense, mystery and a small touch of the supernatural.”—Kirkus Reviews

“A superb mystery.”—Mystery Gazette

“Compulsively readable. . . .crackling to a smoking conclusion.”—New Orleans Times-Picayune

“A complex story leading to an explosive and terrifying end game.”—The Irish Independent

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About the Author

John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnolly.co.uk.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Swystun on Sept. 26 2012
Format: Hardcover
Connolly's Charlie Parker is but one compelling and dark character in this ongoing series. Perhaps the darkest is his imaginings of Maine and other parts of New England. He has created a shadow world that provides an amazing backdrop for the unfortunate events in which Parker perpetually finds himself. It is interesting that a former Irish journalist picked this particular part of the world and pulls it off like a local. I have read the whole series which has been strong throughout. The Burning Soul was the first I encountered that may signal tiredness and repetition. All elements are there but this one dragged and was predictable in resolution because Connolly has created a now familiar pattern. I will hang in there for the next as he is talented and should be able to rejuvenate. As a side note, I thought the State of Maine Tourism Department should set up Connolly and Stephen King themed tours...then I Googled that idea for fun and discovered there are private narrated tours of the Stephen King sites in and around the Bangor, Maine area!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By L. D. Godfrey TOP 500 REVIEWER on Oct. 16 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I expected more from John Connolly's novel "The Burning Soul". I expected more of the supernatural and those things that go bump in the night and more of the creepy creatures that seem to follow the main character Charlie Parker. These are the things that I have come to expect from a Charlie Parker novel. I bought this book with these expectations but came away let down.

In "The Burning Soul" you have nothing more than vague reference to writing in the dust by unseen entities and super-sized ravens. Connolly gives the reader only a brief mention of Angel and Louis,faithful side kicks to Charlie, but that felt more like an afterthought than anything else. What the author has given us is a pretty straight forward novel about a slightly shady PI, his personal baggage and his even shadier friends. I thought the plot was thin and at times boring and certainly not as colorful as his other books like " The Black Angel".

I admit I had certain expectations going into this book which may have led to my disappointment but Connolly has a way with words so the novel wasn't a complete write off. If you are not familiar with Charlie P and company from Connolly's earlier works you will still enjoy this novel and I did after I got over my sulk.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Robert P. Brown TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 27 2012
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
When he's not bogged down in the supernatural, John Connolly can write a pretty good crime novel, although not quite in the same class as the four "C's", Connelly, Coben, Crais and Child.

In this one there is just a bit about TV's going on and off in the night and dead children writing on windows and knocking on doors; rather it is a fairly straightforward story, based in part on real life gangsters who once operated in the Boston area.

In order to make the novel more interesting, Google "Whitey Bulger" and read his biography on Wickopedia; this is the same guy upon whom the TV series "The Brotherhood" and the Scorsese movie "The Departed" was based.

Connolly mentions Bulger in the acknowledgements and hopefully will continue to stick to crime and leave the ghosts to someone else.
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