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A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
  

A Game of Ghosts

Part of the Charlie Parker Thriller Series
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How time flies: already the fifteenth Charlie Parker novel from Irish author John Connolly! And they keep on getting better and better as he insidiously keeps on reducing the mystery element to replace it by a dark portrait of the underworld and secret history of the American land, with more than hints of the supernatural, and Charlie and his acolytes ever on the trail of evil in all its shapeshifting forms. A private detective has disappeared and Charlie's shady FBI handler summons him, with his own, personal reasons for finding the man who was investigating a sinister series of homicides and disappearances. The trail will bring Parker to another sinister crossroads where bizarre criminals have alliances with angels and grotesques. Evocative, troubling as a sheet of fog enveloping the landscape, tortured goodies and even worse baddies, Connolly's evolving formula is potent and his multi-faceted characters on both side of the divide stay long in your memory. And Parker must surely own the title of crime writing's most haunted hero! ~ Maxim Jakubowski

If you like John Connolly you might also like to read books by Ken Bruen, Michael Marshall and Dean Koontz.

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Synopsis

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending. The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund's world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts ...

Reviews

'Another chapter in the life of Charlie Parker and another fascinating read from the pen of the great John Connolly. Here is an author that seems to be totally in control of his writing and at the top of his game.' Shots

'Once you start this book, make sure you've not got anything else important to do for the next few hours ... The Charlie Parkerbooks have always been a gripping and enthralling read, but this latest one simply won't let you go.' ScifiBulletin

Praise for A TIME OF TORMENT:

'A TIME OF TORMENT is one of the writer's finest achievements ... If you are a John Connolly or Charlie Parker fan, a recommendation for this one is unnecessary - you will be adding it to your bedside table. But, as the saying goes: new readers - start here.' -- Barry Forshaw Independent

'In a consistently excellent series, A TIME OF TORMENT may be the best yet ... a dizzying, yet assured, ride to hell and back ... It is a testimony to Connolly's brilliance. Sunday Herald Connolly provides plenty of tension and a genuinely creepy atmosphere that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next.' Crime Scene

'Connolly's prose is hypnotic and never lets you go. I am saddened that I will have to wait a while for the next book as Connolly is at the top of his form and has me completely hooked. An absolute must-read.' Shots

About the Author

John Connolly

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. John Connolly's debut - Every Dead Thing - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the winner of the 2016 CWA Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from NIGHT MUSIC : Nocturnes Stoughton Vol 2. In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.

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Maxim Jakubowski's view on CHARLIE PARKER...

The travails of a haunted American detective whose past always catches up with him as he hunts down fiendish killers. Poetic and sometimes supernatural ambience. THE LOVERS marks his latest appearance.

The Charlie Parker Series:

1. Every Dead Thing
2. Dark Hollow
3. The Killing Kind
4. The White Road
5. The Black Angel
6. The Unquiet
7. The Reapers
8. The Lovers
9. The Whisperers
10. The Burning Soul
11. The Wrath of Angels
12. The Wolf in Winter
13. A Song of Shadows
14. A Time of Torment

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Book Info

Publication date

6th April 2017

Author

John Connolly

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Publisher

Hodder & Stoughton Ltd an imprint of Hodder & Stoughton General Division

Format

Hardback
464 pages

Categories

Crime / Mystery
Thriller / Suspense
Horror
Maxim Jakubowski's Selection
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Crime & mystery
Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)

ISBN

9781473641860

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