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Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.

Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.

His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.

But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid and far from alone.

For something is emerging from the shadows....

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Charlie Parker reboot.

I really like this series but (to me) Parker seemed to have been drifting in many of the previous books. 'Parker on a mission' is one of the more interesting aspects of the series and he seemed to have lost that for a while. The events in 'Wolf in Winter' and this book have given him his edge back and, although still recovering, he's much more driven & lethal than before.

The supernatural element is still there but seems more focused (I can't think of a better word). Parker's relationship with his daughters is both touching & ominous. The scenes with Angel & Louis are still great and I'm looking forward to seeing how Parker's connection to The Collector plays out in the next book, which I've just downloaded.

Excellent narration; Jeff Harding is always great though.

Overall, these last 2 books have really renewed my interest in the series and I'm excited for the next one.

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War Criminal Hunt

This is the worst book. John Connolly should have burned it instead of publishing it.
The story jumped around and went from one plot to a history lesson. Then, mixed in the undead, to give it one more realm of- What the Hell was he thinking.

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Lewis not Louie

The added humor in the delivery is alright - the last 2 books I read called Lewis Louie - doesn't fit his formally dressed over the top character--as long as the story lines don't drift any further into "Steven King" style as the previous few have--Charlie Bird will remain a favorite--it would be good to hear him called that again too

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Another Charlie Parker Thriller

Would you listen to A Song of Shadows again? Why?

Was not as good as the other Charlie Parker books but still excellent. I enjoyed very much.

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worlds collided

I truly enjoyed the story. When it comes to twists and turns and plots this one seems to have it all. I won't say too much more because I don't want to spoiling. this one is a great read.

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  • Maryann
  • Cleveland, OH, United States
  • 09-17-16

I enjoyed this book

I enjoyed this book. I never listened to this series before. I am interested in more.

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great story with a twist

my first Connolly book and I really liked it. Going to explore more for sure!

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Top notch thriller

I've always loved Conolly's writing. His skillful weaving of horror, woo woo, and ironic humor, not to mention wonderful characters, keeps me on alert for each new book. This is my first time to listen rather than read, and I'm truly hooked. Keep up the brilliant work JC!!!!

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is everyone. crazy

Good. paranormal. mystery. kept. me. reading. to see. what. was. going. to. happen.
liked the narrator.

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Graphic violence almost made me quit but good

What made the experience of listening to A Song of Shadows the most enjoyable?

Mostly justice at the end. Plus I really liked a very unexpected (by me) plot twist toward the end - I love being surprised.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Song of Shadows?

The awful scene where Steiger confronts LennyTedesco and tells him what he did to his wife. Violence too graphic for my taste--almost quit reading right there.Charlie Parker's last interview with Isha Winter and her ultimate fate.

What did you like about the performance? What did you dislike?

The children's voices were good; Parker's, Lewis's and Angel's voices were good. Even a Boston accent on a law enforcement person. Women's voices not so great.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I was horrified at what happened to the Tedescos. What happened to Ruth and Amanda Winter moved me; my heart went out to the child.

Any additional comments?

I guess this is what this author writes - only book I've read by him -- but I'd prefer ditching the supernatural elements and having justice prevail in the form of immigration officials or Nazi hunters...