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The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 8

The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 8 [Kindle Edition]

John Connolly
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In The Lovers, John Connolly’s latest, highly individual entry in his distinguished Charlie Parker series, his doughty private eye’s life is in a downward spiral. The authorities don’t trust him, and he has been deprived of his investigator's license (including his right to bear arms). He’s holding down an undemanding job in a Portland bar. But Charlie is not the kind to stay in the shadows for long: he is about to undertake the most challenging (and potentially destructive) assignment of his life: he has decided to uncover the facts behind his policeman father’s death and – even more importantly -- the killing of a young couple that his father was responsible for. Immersing himself once again in the painful circumstances of his own childhood, he comes across a mystery: an unidentified young man and woman who appear to have been present at many death scenes; and – even harder to accept – they have been seen right back to the days of the suicide of Charlie’s father. This mysterious duo are shadowing Charlie -- will he find out the motivation behind his father’s terrible act before he, too, violently dies?

Dublin-born John Connolly is as celebrated in the US as he is in Britain for his perfect assimilation of American idioms in the remarkable series of crime novels featuring Charlie Parker, but it goes without saying that bestselling success requires something more than nailing a US tone of voice. That such as Connolly winners as Every Dead Thing,The Reapers and now, The Lovers, work as well as they do is also down to the fact that he is able to import a striking and stylish use of language into his violent narratives. And there is another element to his work – an audacious move beyond the parameters of normality. The Lovers, like other Connolly books, transports the novels’ battles between good and evil into an almost metaphysical realm. This is always the most controversial component of his books, and inevitably, it’s not to everyone’s taste. But those who love John Connolly know such things are part of the warp and woof of his work, and they move him into a territory that is very much his own. --Barry Forshaw


More restrained and reflective . . . but no less powerful (Marcel Berlins, Sunday Times)

As ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic. (Barry Forshaw, Independent)

Visionary brand of neo-noir . . . terrifically exciting, tightly plotted . . . written in an uncommonly fine, supple, sensuous prose. (Irish Times)

Tremendous stuff, as Connolly's novels always are. (Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday)

His latest plot is a clever mixture of quest and chase, written in prose that unfolds at warp speed, and rarely fails to sing. (Observer)

A tightly plotted, beautifully constructed novel where John Connolly exhibits his considerable skills. (crimesquad)

You may think at times you are reading a literary novel but then Connolly will remind you he's just as adept at the violent strategies of the thriller. Either way you will be left shaken by the experience. (Daily Express)

His usual intriguing blend of fast-paced crime fiction and fantasy. (Independent)

A strange, compelling mixture of genuinely scary gothic horror, humour and hard-nosed crime, The Lovers is among his best. Best read by torchlight in a broken-down car, right at the end of a forest track. During a storm. (Herald)

'Superbly written . . . another excellent entry in the Charlie Parker series and can be easily read as a stand-alone' 4 stars (RTE Guide)

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 506 KB
  • Print Length: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder (7 Sep 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002V091SO
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #21,761 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut -EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award. (For Every Dead Thing). In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature.

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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
It is time...yes my friends, time to rise, time to stand up and say proudly...."I like horror". Yes there will be those who mock, those who will cast you out. They will attack you with their vampire romance but you must be strong. To test your faith, I have a task for you. Go to your nearest bookshop, enter the crime section (no-one said it would be easy) and find John Connolly's books. Then you must move them, one by one and carefully place them in the horror section (if you can find it) and if anyone moves them back you must persist and return them to the horror section once again. Should you be challenged in your task, by a well meaning staff member perhaps, say only these words.."it's a horror novel".

You see, without wishing to cause civil unrest in your local Borders (although come to think of it, that might be fun) there is a serious point to be made here. John Connolly is one of my favourite authors and the reason I like him so much is that he injects his crime novels with a fair old dose of supernatural adrenalin. His writing has an edge, a darkness, it's on the borderlands but with The Lovers Connolly has crossed over to the darkside. The supernatural elements don't remain in the background here they are at the forefront, indeed without the spectre of the occult this book could not exist.

Charlie Parker is John Connolly's hero, a troubled, even broken man, his history is one filled with blood, death and loss. The previous books have detailed some of this history but have left several large boulders unturned. The Lovers fills in a few of these blanks and in particular the mystery surrounding the death of Parker's father. Why a seemingly mild mannered family man and respected police officer shot two, apparently innocent young people and then took his own life.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A return to top form 7 July 2009
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As a long time fan of John Connolly's writing I was slightly disappointed by his last book "The Reapers", as I felt that it lacked the prose style of his previous books whilst also employing a slightly tired plot scenario. I am happy to say that no such concerns can be raised over the "The Lovers".

Plot-wise, it tells the story of why Charlie Parker's father inexplicably murdered two teenagers before taking his own life when Charlie Parker was a 16 year old boy. This investigation into the past is neatly woven together with contemporary events.

Stylistically, some of the wirting is excellent and is of a standard that if the subject matter were different would place John Connollly's writing in the category of "literature". Happily such boundaries are increasingly blurred so we get to enjoy excellent prose in a contemporary crime thriller.

In summary this really was the most enjoyable read I have had for a time (and I pile through 2-3 books a week),. It is a definite return to top form for John Connolly.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pains me to say it.... 25 July 2009
... but this book fell a bit short.

Don't get me wrong, I am a massive JC fan. Read all his books, been to book signings etc. This is up to his usual high standards of style of prose and easy reading. But I just didn't get the story... it was like a character background on Parker, with a bit of the supernatural as background - but it just didn't have the impact of the Killing Kind/Dark Hollow - and felt a bit contrived as a result.

One of the other reviewers probably put their finger on it. This is one for the fans, and is a "filler" for me before his next great story appears. After The Gates, it is "The Whispers" - hopefully that will be back to greatness!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, but Not Great 6 Aug 2009
By J. Cook
I really rate John Connolly as a thriller writer and have read and enjoyed all of his Charlie parker series. I have to say, though it pains me to do so, that this isn't one of his best efforts and left me a tad disappointed. I've always been intrigued to find out the reason behind the death of Charlie's father and the answer was well worth waiting for. I think the book falls down, not on plot but on pace - I just found it a bit slow at times.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Back on form 16 July 2009
I saw John Connolly last night (he's more like a stand up comedian than an author- an amazingly funny guy) and got quite an insight into this book:

Unlike other authors he's not on contract so there isn't a new Parker being banged out every 12 months and he stated that unlike his friend Lee Child he doesn't want to write stand alone books, but rather develop a narrative that explains much of Parkers past and those of his supporting characters. Some books matter less than others (like the Reapers) but 'The lovers' is an important one focusing on the circumstances of a double murder carried out by Parkers father (who subsequently killed himself). He hinted that he has an idea where the series will ultimately end up so it IS heading for a conclusion... sometime.

I don't know how to summarise the plot of the lovers without spoiling it.... in fact I WON'T summarise it because I WILL spoil it. All Parker fans need know is that its superb. If you've liked the previous ones you'll love this. Connnolly took a lot of advice from an ex NYPD beat cop who worked the 9th precinct from the late 60's to early 80's so much of this book is based on fact but mixed with Connolly's unique blend of horror, mystery and the supernatural.

As of 16/7/09 there's a new stand alone book 'the Gates' due out in Oct about a boy who discovers his neighbours are opening the gates of hell in their basement. The exert I heard was hilarious and as it seems Connolly is babk on top form I'll be advance ordering it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Parker Novel.
I find the Charlie Parker novels very readable. The lovers is one of the best I have read. As ever the story is highly entertaining, fast paced and filled with great... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pete.
5.0 out of 5 stars Crime writing at its most beautiful
John Connolly is an Irish author of considerable talent best known for his Charlie Parker novels, every one of which is a privilege to read. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Laszlo Kovacs
4.0 out of 5 stars Been a while
So glad I decided to start reading John Connolly book's again well worth it now on to the next one
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Read
As usual arrived within time and was well packed. Another in the Charlie Parker series combining the supernatural with the modern-day era. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Longarm
3.0 out of 5 stars lovers. john Connolly
A good read if you have followed the series so far. Not brilliant but ok. It shines in parts and meeting known characters helps but i was expecting a bit more.
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