The next pulse-pounding thriller in John Connolly's internationally best-selling Charlie Parker series.
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town.
But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.
Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive. Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins….
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This was a good and enjoyable book, and it was red well. The rogue town is an old story, one that can never really be convincing, but as revisions of a cliche go, this one is pretty good. I got a bit lost about 2/3 of the way through when the hero was unconscious and the POV shifted to characters and subplots I didn't know enough about to follow, as though they are left over from previous exciting episodes with the same characters. I will nonetheless check out some more of these titles . . . the supernatural doesn't play a too-large role, so the narrative about odd characters and settings and the unraveling of the mystery, which I find far more interesting, isn't obscured by spooks and haunts and things going bump in the night.
I hate to hear the story end. Usually when narrators change, I don't like it. But each narrator is very good and that's what makes the book.
So far I have enjoyed all the Charlie Parker stories and this one is no exception. My only criticism is that I did not care for the way the narrator did Angel's voice.
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