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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.
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.Published on Jan. 26 2013 by Linda J. Leclair
This book is the first work I have read of John Connolly. It has a certain southern gothic feel to it. Read morePublished on April 20 2004 by Gary Turner
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... Read morePublished on April 5 2004 by Bobbewig
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... Read morePublished on March 28 2004 by David Group
"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 morePublished on Jan. 2 2004 by Pangloss
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
Dublin born and bred novelist John Connolly is Irish to the core - a bit fey, a tad dark, and extremely gifted. Read morePublished on Aug. 26 2003 by Gail Cooke
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 morePublished on May 16 2003 by Midwest Book Review