The Burning Soul
A Charlie Parker Thriller
By John Connolly
(Pocket Books, Mass Market Paperback, 9781439165287, 496pp.)
Publication Date: June 26, 2012
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud. Here is one of those truths: aft er three hours, the abduction of a child is routinely treated as a homicide.
When a girl disappears from a small Maine town, her neighbor—a recluse named Randall Haight—starts receiving anonymous letters that contain tormenting references to a different teenage girl, murdered long ago. For many years, Randall has kept a secret: when he was fourteen, he was convicted of killing that girl. Now, his former life has returned to haunt him, and he hires private detective Charlie Parker to make it go away. But in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, where too many of the living are hiding secrets, the past cannot be dismissed so easily. As Parker unravels a twisted, violent history involving a doomed mobster and his enemies, the police, and the FBI, his search returns again and again to Randall Haight. Because Randall is still telling lies. . . .
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.
“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