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Which of the following best describes you? Publicist or Marketing Professional. Other Book Industry Professional. Please provide an email address. Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. And it needs to be fed. There is all kinds of crazy shit going down in this one and all of my favorite characters are back in the mix. I am looking forward to the next one for sure. Recommended to Mark by: Hell and fury visits a little town called Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins.

And all because a homeless man went looking for his daughter and ended up getting hung. The fact that he was known to a certain PI called Charlie Parker was about to become a problem for a nice and peacefull little place called Prosperous. Once again Charlie Parker has Hell and fury visits a little town called Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins. Once again Charlie Parker has a run in with a religious idea thought to NO longer excist in our Christian society.

But old Gods seem stick around and live on, in fact they hunger for life. And indeed at times the book made me think of the movie "The Wickerman"[the original movie not the painface one with Nocolas Cage], and that is a positive view. Another great aspect of the book is the attention the homeless and womens shelter get in this book, and how somehow Charlie Parker seems in a sense to be their champion. Mr Connolly does write a wicked exciting book and does give a great statement on social issues as well in a way that also forwards his tale.

Two minor points of negativism towards this book: But I might have missed it. John Connolly is for me one of the most exciting writers of recent times and anybody willing to read this book I can offer only one piece of advise, start with the first novel of the series and read your way to this publication. Jul 25, Jon Recluse rated it it was amazing Shelves: John Connolly raises the bar on Dark Fiction every time he puts pen to paper, and the latest Charlie Parker thriller is no exception.

A tale of small town secrets that balances the evil men, and other things, do with true humanity Nov 24, Bam rated it really liked it Shelves: But twice in the last two weeks I've thrown caution to the wind by reading the twelfth and most-recently published book in two long-standing series.

In The Wolf in Winter, the latest Charlie Parker thriller, I found it a bit more of a struggle to pick up the threads of the continuing plot and understand the backstory so I wish I had started with book one. But thankfully the main plot of the mystery could stand alone and was very spooky and interesting. Connolly delves into the life and struggles of the homeless as Parker steps in to investigate the disappearance of a struggling young woman and the apparent suicide of her father in the basement of an abandoned building.

The trail leads him to Prosperous, Maine--a town that was settled by the followers of an ancient pagan religion that has seemed unusually blessed by good fortune over the years.

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Parker finds the local chief of police uncooperative which fans the flame of his suspicion that something is not quite right in the town. He tours the only church in town which was brought from England by the first settlers and reassembled brick by brick and is filled with seasonal images of the Green Man with not a crucifix in sight.

What sets this detective series apart from others seems to be the supernatural element in the story--in this case, an ancient god that is HUNGRY. Another surprising quality in Connelly's writing is the great humor he displays between friends with lots of laugh-out-loud moments that I enjoyed. I am intrigued enough by this series to read more.

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And yes, I will definitely seek out book one. Apr 11, Debbie rated it it was amazing. I practically tore the hands off the postman when this turned up yesterday, and then fell into the alternative universe that John Connolly has created. For those who haven't read the others in the series - buy them, now, so you can catch up! There are 11 others to enjoy, and I envy anyone who gets to read them back to back instead of waiting for the next to come out. Central character Charlie Parker is one of the most wonderful creations in fiction.

I'd say crime fiction - he is an investigator - I practically tore the hands off the postman when this turned up yesterday, and then fell into the alternative universe that John Connolly has created. The juxtaposition of the basic, solid detective work with the very un-solid netherworld of the supernatural never fails to hook me: I love both horror and crime, and with Connolly I get to have my cake and gorge on it.

In this adventure, Charlie and his ragtag gang of cheerleaders - a kind of alt-world A-Team - are drawn into the sinister orbit of Prosperous, a small town with a big secret. The story flows vividly, and I swear my heart relocated to my mouth on several occasions, which surely can't be good for me. But as well as the action-packed plot, there is such a beautiful sense of place, and the most intriguing set of characters.


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The humour, the wisecracks, the poignant reminders of the innate tragedy of Parker's existence, are all perfectly blended into the most delicious book soup. These people feel real, the places feel real, even the events - twisted as they are - feel real. The only criticism I have is that I now have to wait far too long before spending time with them again. And also - as someone who had their own book published a few weeks ago - that I now have a severe case of Author Envy.

It was sad, but that's what this series had become for me. Just another of those you eventually get round to but from which you expect very little. A chance to catch up with the characters and nothing more. It had been hard to let go but I hadn't truly enjoyed the series since The Unquiet, and that's about 6 books ago. It felt like it had lost it's magic. Considering I still have my copy of Every Dead Thing that i bought in and that it remains in my top 5 best crime novels, it had become an expression of self-torture to hold the books in my hand and hope for better.

There are so many ways in which it excels: Underlying it all, the seeds of a convergence of powers, and a building menace, a sense of threat that will lead to answers and conclusions. There is truly nothing else like these novels. Just one book has taken the series back to the top of my reading list. I could write so much more but I need time to process and to immediately begin the next installment. I'm lucky in that my indifference has provided me with two to read at once. So now I pick up A Song of Shadows with excitement and not a little trepidation View all 4 comments. Apr 23, Michael Robotham rated it it was amazing.

Another impressive instalment of the Charlie Parker series - but this one is one for the true fans. Unless the reader is steeped in the background to the 'Believers' and the 'Backers' and the other clandestine characters that surface from previous books, he or she is likely to be a little lost. Apr 17, Michelle rated it really liked it Shelves: I'm both content and disappointed I've completed this read. I cannot pretend to always be objective when it come to John Connolly as I have almost all his books and have been an avid fan since the first. This may not be the best in the series but it was worth the wait and ensured I will read more.

When I saw this in store I snatched it from the shelf clutching it to my chest and smiling and possibly snarling and daring anyone to take it from me looking around It's over. When I saw this in store I snatched it from the shelf clutching it to my chest and smiling and possibly snarling and daring anyone to take it from me looking around to see if I could share my glee with anyone.

The new Charlie Parker novel! Read this people , you'll love it! I love Connolly's style and character driven prose and this novel was full of rich characters you could deplore, feel sorry for, empathise with and just plain wish they would get their comeuppance. Maybe not enough of Charlie in this one but old favourites Angel and Louis are there.

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The ending definitely leaves you wanting more. So next week when Mr Connolly come to Brisbane on his book tour I will be there trying not to appear like Annie Wilkes from Misery emploring him to keep writing and writing faster! Jun 13, Jaksen rated it it was amazing Shelves: Another stellar Charlie Parker. I read this one in three days, could have done it in two. Charlie's on the hunt for a missing girl, a situation which her father, a homeless man, had wanted Charlie to investigate.

Problem is the poor guy is found hanging from a beam in a cellar. Charlie goes looking for who killed the man and why, and what happened to the missing daughter. In a word, it's a mess Witnesses who can offer little except confusion. But all leads eventually go back to the t Another stellar Charlie Parker. But all leads eventually go back to the town of Prosperous, ME, a weird little place which belongs only in a book like this, or maybe one of Stephen King's 'Castle Rock' stories.

The thing is this, Connolly adheres to reality as much as possible; his 'weird' elements are almost casually thrown in, and when I read a Connolly book I'm thinking, yes, yes, I know a place like that. I investigated an old Unitarian-turned-Baptist church as a child. Snuck in with friends and cousins and ran up and into the bell tower, with its real bell tied down so it wouldn't ring.

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We 'played' in the church for weeks. Problem was, my jackknife-toting cousin, who decided to cut through the rope one day and hence, the bell rang. Hence, our grandfather, caretaker of the church, unbeknownst to us and who lived across the street from the church. Hey, I wasn't a very bright kid. Anyhow, when I'm in a Connolly book I often feel creepily at home. Because in this book there is a very, very creepy church!

And lots of Prosperous town residents who look and act normal, but What they have to do with the dead homeless guy, his daughter, and Charlie are best left for a spoiler, which I will not write.

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Some of the Charlie Parker books can be read stand-alone, and I'm sure Mr. Connolly intends it this way. However, this one is best read after reading the others in sequence, or at least having read a few. Many of Charlie's old 'friends' are in this one, including the Collector, Mr. And of course, Louis and Angel are present here and in fine form, too. A fantastic addition to the Charlie Parker Universe. However, the author, John Connolly, is moving almost all of the previously introduced human characters those which have survived forward into new relationships to each other in this story, while at the same time keeping the center of the action circling around the trio of justice fighters we lov 'The Wolf in Winter', book 12 in the Charlie Parker private detective series, continues to mystify us with vague opaque references to the evil, ancient and angry spirits haunting Parker, gentle reader.

However, the author, John Connolly, is moving almost all of the previously introduced human characters those which have survived forward into new relationships to each other in this story, while at the same time keeping the center of the action circling around the trio of justice fighters we love - Charlie, Louis, and Angel. A homeless man, Jude, is looking for his daughter, Annie Broyer, who is also homeless plus an addict. He had only become clean himself recently and he wanted to patch things up with her. In talking to her friends he learned she had been offered a job in a small northern Maine town called Prosperous.

He catches a ride up to the town, but he cannot find her. Chief Lucas Morland runs him out of the town when he asks too many questions. Jude can tell something is really wrong in Prosperous! Returning to Boston, he starts to collect money people owed him. He happens to know of a good detective - Charlie Parker. He wants to hire Parker to find his daughter.

He has heard stories about Parker Morland is questioning Erin and Harry Dixon about Annie's escape from their basement where Annie had been locked up in a cell. The town really needed that girl! Everyone knows it is time for the ritual in the graveyard. If they don't sacrifice a woman soon, the town's luck will change. For centuries Prosperous has been prospering because of the regular sacrifices, but now, they are late because of the carelessness of the Dixons! Not that you want to mess with these two, mind … Connolly is at his best when he can build a book around myths and legends — and he does that brilliantly here with the Green Man thread.

He also explores what happens when basically decent people allow evil to flourish around them. Connolly is one of the few writers who has really nailed that fine line between crime fiction, horror and woo-woo. Like all of his books, The Wolf in Winter is best read with the light on.