The Burning Soul: The Tenth Charlie Parker Thriller
- Hodder & Stoughton General Division
- Publication Date:
- 21 June 2012
- Crime, Thrillers and Mystery
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Charlie Parker is hired by a man whose past includes murdering a girl when he was himself a juvenile. When a teenaged girl who lives in the same town as Parker's client disappears, the detective can't help but wonder if he's on the wrong side in this case.
It’s almost impossible to review anything by Irish genius John Connolly without descending into hyperbole because the man is utterly brilliant. Having said that, let’s turn to his latest book, the 10th in the Charlie Parker series.. Randall Haight kidnapped and killed a young girl many years ago: after being released from prison he became a semi-recluse, living in the Maine village of Pastor’s Bay. Now, years later, he receives a series of anonymous letters – someone knows his secret – and then a young girl is abducted… Charlie Parker is called in to investigate, bringing with him some of the old favourites like the gay pair Louis and Angel, and the frighteningly funny Fulci brothers. Mysterious, melancholy yet thrilling and delightfully witty, Burning Soul is typical Connolly, i.e. excellent
John Connolly writes elibantly about a small town in Maine and how it affects the people when a teenage girl goes missing.Randall Haight is a private man who doesn't want his past known. When he was a teenager, he and another boy murdered a fourteen year old girl.After serving 18 years in prison, Randall was released and given new identity. Now there is a new girl missing and he beging to get photos of the murder site when he murdered the girl in his youth. He doesn't want to go to the authorities because he thinks he'll become the scapegoat for the new missing girl. He hires PI Charlie Parker to put a stop to the harassing he's getting.Connolly writes in a literary style as we observe Parker who doesn't want to take the case but when he's made aware that the person doing the harassing could be the current girl's kidnapper, he takes the case.There are a number of parallel story lines that come together in a tidy conclusion with some interesting plot twists and surprises that entertain the reader.Although not one of Connolly's best, it's still Connolly and he writes a thriller with a punch and shouldn't be missed.
The story begins with the disappearance of a 14 year old girl from a mall. But we soon learn that Randall Haight along with a friend, Lonny, killed a 14 year old girl. Randall and Lonny did 18 years in prison but were offered that chance to start new when they got out with new identities.Randall has been living quietly in Pastor’s Bay as a reclusive accountant. But someone has learned about his past and is starting to send him pictures and video. Charlie is asked by Randall’s attorney to find out who is blackmailing him. But Charlie thinks there is more to Randall’s story then he is being told. Plus there is a little girl that needs to be found, hopefully alive.This is the 10th Charlie Parker mystery from John Connolly. I have to admit that I didn’t know what to expect since this is the first book in this series that I have read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. There was a really good story with lots of twists and turns. I kind of figured out the end, but it was still really good.But there are a couple things that I did not agree with. There is a short jaunt where these two guys save a 14 year old girl from prostitution, which I cannot figure out why it was even in the book. The other thing that got to me was the fact that the story dragged on and on with all the description. Don’t get me wrong, it made the book really vibrant but it also made the story longer than it needed to be.This is one book that I recommend people read if they like mysteries. I even started getting other books in this story so I can start from the beginning.I received this book free from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.
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