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The White Road [Hardcover]

John Connolly
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March 11 2003

John Connolly thrilled readers with his bestselling novels, Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, and The Killing Kind. Now he delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the Deep South.

After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally found some measure of peace. As he and his lover, Rachel, are awaiting the birth of their first child and settling into an old farmhouse in rural Maine, Parker has found the kind of solace often lost to those who have been touched by true evil.

But darkness soon descends when Parker gets a call from Elliot Norton, an old friend from his days as a detective with the NYPD. Now practicing law in Charleston, South Carolina, Elliot is defending a young black man accused of raping and killing his white girlfriend, the daughter of a powerful Southern millionaire. Reluctantly, Parker agrees to help Elliot and by doing so ventures into a living nightmare, a bloody dreamscape haunted by the specter of a hooded woman and a black car waiting for a passenger who never arrives. Beginning as an investigation into a young woman's death, it is a fast-moving descent into an abyss where forces conspire to destroy all that Parker holds dear.

Hailed as a "master storyteller" (The London Express) by critics stateside and abroad, Connolly has once again delivered a riveting and suspenseful story that draws readers toward the horrifying crossroads of the past and present, of the living and the dead. "We are trapped not only by our own history but by the histories of all those with whom we choose to share our lives," he writes. As chillingly as it is beautifully rendered, The White Road is sure to tread a frightening path for even the most world-weary crime fiction fan.

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"I have learned to embrace the dead and they, in their turn, have found a way to reach out to me." It's becoming increasingly clear from pronouncements such as this that PI Charlie Parker is hardly your garden-variety mystery protagonist. In Connolly's latest spine-tingling opus (after The Killing Kind), readers gain further insights into the soul of this tormented man-a hero of uncommon depth and compulsions. We also learn more about Angel and Louis, Parker's longtime cronies (and gay Odd Couple) who function as Greek chorus, avenging angels and their buddy's conscience. Angel resembles "the runway model for a decorators' convention, assuming that the decorators' tastes veered toward five-six, semiretired gay burglars," while Louis possesses "six feet six inches of attitude, razor-sharp dress sense, and gay Republican pride." (Note to Connolly: how about a spin-off novel for these two idiosyncratic supporting players?) Parker's description of his newest case-"dead people, a mystery, more dead people"-exemplifies his bluntness; true to form, he's never far from a cutting remark or casual wisecrack (hearing that an especially odious character has "found Jesus," Parker observes, "I figure Jesus should be more careful about who finds Him"). When a former colleague who's practicing law in Charleston, S.C., asks for Parker's help on a racially charged murder case, Parker reluctantly leaves his Maine habitat. The South that he encounters is found in no guidebook: it's a pernicious locale where the good old boys are far from good, where country music speaks "of war and vengeance" and where one soulless individual "smelled of slow burning... like the odor left after an oil fire had just been extinguished." Adding eerie overtones to Connolly's intricately plotted tale are more of Parker's musings on the concept of death and the nature of evil-soliloquies often accompanied by spectral visions. The malevolence here is almost palpable (even more so than in Parker's earlier outings).
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Things turn surreal when P.I. Charlie Parker starts investigating the ugly rape and murder of a Southern millionaire's daughter.
Copyright 2002 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to the Mass Market Paperback edition.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The White Road Jan. 26 2013
By Linda J. Leclair TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Another Charlie Parker book. This was a horrible read, but I couldn't help but finish it. I wouldn't recommend it to the screamish. It wouldn't be everybody's choice.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very dark, very strange June 18 2004
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Charlie "Bird" Parker has been the hero of four mysteries by John Connolly now, and this latest is in some ways the strongest of the bunch. Parker is a detective with an ability to see murdered people, and talk to them. He regards this more as a curse than a gift: they usually look to him for vengeance against those who killed them.
In the current installment, Parker is summoned to South Carolina by a lawyer friend to investigate a murder. The supposed killer is a young black man; his victim a young white woman with whom he was having an affair, and whose family is very wealthy. Even in the 21st century, such an interracial affair is frowned upon, and when she winds up dead, the young man's life is in immediate danger. Parker is needed to investigate, and of course he'll have to bring along his gay sidekicks Louis and Angel, a burglar and a hitman, both supposedly retired.
Connolly is a strange writer. The prose is almost poetic, the descriptions and philosophy of the writing is dark and elegaic, almost too descriptive. The characters are interesting, especially the villains. In this one, Kittim is especially repulsive and terrifying. In addition, there's a well-drawn small character who is initially not too positive, but turns out for the better in the end.
I enjoyed this book. It has characters from some of Connolly's previous books, and I would recommend reading the four books in order, but this is a worthy addition to the series.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Creepy Thriller April 20 2004
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This book is the first work I have read of John Connolly. It has a certain southern gothic feel to it. Charlie Parker is called by a friend to assist him in a case involving the murder of a daughter of a rich South Carolinian. As he investigates, he finds a connection between the current case and a group of men that have been friends for life. Add in a plot that ties into Connolly's previous work and some ghostly occurences and you have the making of an entertaining but creepy novel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Complicated But Very Good! April 6 2004
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While The White Road has many characters to keep track of, which at times makes the story a bit hard to follow without a scorecard (so to speak), Connolly again proves himself to be among the best of the contemporary suspense writers. Connolly is a not only a master in providing compelling plots featuring his dark, somewhat tormented hero, Charlie "Bird" Parker, his even stronger abilities are in developing vivid and very credible characters and in providing very graphic,compelling and emotionally-charged narratives and images. The basic plot of The White Road involves Parker going to South Carolina to help an old friend and attorney defend a young black man facing the death penalty. It's a case that nobody wants to be involved in and one deeply rooted in old evil. If you're interested in a very good, well-written story and one that will keep you glued to your seat, I'd highly recommend The White Road to you (as well as each of Connolley's other books).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Is White Road the end of the road? March 28 2004
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This, the fourth in Connolly's Charlie Parker series, does not have the all-pervading miasma of the earlier novels, despite what others have said, and the images of ravens as angels of death is a bit awkward, but this is still an incredibly compelling novel. In tone, I would say it is more like Ross MacDonald as compared to the James Ellroy feel of the earlier novels. Is Parker finally laying his demons to rest? It is hard to say, but it appears as if Connolly is tying up some loose ends, though I personally would like to see the series continue if it can keep up the level of quality. Readers unfamiliar with Connolly should be forewarned that there are characters from earlier novels, and that they made need to keep a notepad handy to keep track of the labrynthine plot and numerous characters.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A highly suspenseful hard edged thriller March 9 2004
By Larry
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Private Detective Charlie Parker, once again, is faced with a life-threatening situation. Aaron Faulkner, a fanatical preacher, is in prison under suspicion for the murders committed by his son and daughter (well documented in THE KILLING KIND). He is very likely to get out of prison on bail. Faulkner makes it well known to Parker that he will come after Parker's pregnant lover as soon as he is out. There appears to be little that could be done to legally keep Faulkner in prison.
Meanwhile, Parker receives a call from a friend in South Carolina who is defending a young black man accused of raping and killing a young and wealthy white girl. He will almost certainly be convicted and killed unless his innocence is proven. Parker decides to help his friend out with the case. Unfortunately, Parker is now faced with an angry community-- especially the white supremists. Yet in the swamps appears the spectral figure of a woman who might very well be enacting a revenge all her own. Parker must get to the bottom of it.
Once again, John Connolly has written a highly suspenseful hard-edged thriller examining the depths of pure evil. Major characters are haunted by the past and are quite unforgettable. The American South tends to play a major part of the work of this Irish writer. It is a mysterious and quite dangerous place as it is depicted in the books of John Connolly. He fills the swamps of South Carolina and Louisiana with a dark beauty that is almost reminiscent of James Lee Burke. However, the writing style is all his own. This is easily one of my favorite series and one that can be read not only for the compelling plot but also for the beauty of the writing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars kept me reading into the night... again
I remember finding Connelly's Every Dead Thing and how estatically thrilled I was to discover it being the debut novel of this, then, new writing talent. Read more
Published on Feb. 18 2004 by J. Kay
4.0 out of 5 stars Somewhat disappointing
"The White Road" is another Charlie "Byrd" Parker novel. The first three in this series were great, with plot lines that grab you from the first page and keep... Read more
Published on Jan. 2 2004 by Pangloss
4.0 out of 5 stars John Connolly at his best
The White Road is a novel about private detective Charlie Parker.
This time around Charlie is on a case in the deep south, with all the racial overtones included. Read more
Published on Dec 27 2003 by T. Corbett
3.0 out of 5 stars Too Complicated For Its Own Good
John Connolly is a master storyteller. He usually tells complicated, intricate stories full of strange and original characters. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2003 by Sebastien Pharand
5.0 out of 5 stars AN INTRIGUING STORY
Dublin born and bred novelist John Connolly is Irish to the core - a bit fey, a tad dark, and extremely gifted. Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2003 by Gail Cooke
5.0 out of 5 stars A tense thriller
In The White Road, Detective Charlie Parker has finally gotten over the suffering of his wife and daughter's murders, and is awaiting the birth of his first child by his lover... Read more
Published on May 16 2003 by Midwest Book Review
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing. Beautiful. Scary. Dark. Excellent.
This is a six or seven star book. It is beautifully written with descriptions heretofore the province of James Lee Burke or James Dickey. Read more
Published on May 7 2003 by Larry Scantlebury
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