The Burning Soul: A Charlie Parker Thriller Hardcover – Sep 6 2011
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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
About the Author
John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series for younger readers. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at JohnConnollyBooks.com, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
It appears that the client, Randall Haight, as a 14-year-old, and with a friend, murdered a young girl in an incident with sex-related overtones. Following long jail terms, both men were released with new identities to give them a chance at rehabilitation. Randall is now an accountant leading a quiet life in a small town on the Maine coast. And then a 14-year-old girl goes missing and Randall starts receiving reminders in the mail of his past transgression from someone who apparently has discovered his true identity. He asks the attorney and Charlie to protect his anonymity by finding the source. And this leads Charlie into a labyrinth of complications.
It is a gripping story, one in which the author throws red herrings into the reader's path before unveiling a completely unexpected conclusion. Tightly written and plotted, the novel is a most welcome addition to an outstanding series and is highly recommended.
Most recent customer reviews
I'd rate this excellent thriller a 4 1/2 star read. This is the 10th book in his Charlie Parker series and it did not disappoint. Read morePublished 10 months ago by Laraine
I have not read very many of John Connolly's books, but the ones I have read have held my interest from the beginning. Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2012 by Linda J. Leclair