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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (21 Jan 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1444704672
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704679
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 97,732 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful By Colin Leslie on 30 July 2009
Format: Hardcover
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 By C. S. Winter on 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 By Mr. J W VINE VOICE on 25 July 2009
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... 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 By Joyce on 26 Feb 2014
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Excellent as always. A pleasure to read. John Connolly never disappoints me. A great plot from start to finish. Brilliant.....
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By andrew simkin on 20 Jan 2014
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This is part of a series of books that follows the lives of some very intriguing characters. It stands up well in the series and as a read alone book as sufficient back ground is covered throughout the story. I am a reader of such series as those written be Koontz, King and James Lee Burke and the series by Connolly stands shoulder to shoulder with them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By White Rose on 12 Mar 2010
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You really do need to read the Charlie Parker books in sequence and when you do ... you get the full picture. It's amazing how much information one 'fictitious' character can give away by his actions, his investigations, his memories and his emotions! Charlie Parker is is so real and in this book he grabs the reader's attention with his need to go back into his childhood to find out why his father killed two apparently unarmed harmless teenagers. Full of supernatural threats and very physical beings out to get him, this is a riveting read - one I thoroughly enjoyed.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Literary Lunatic on 11 Oct 2009
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I'm a big John Connolly fan and was left slightly disappointed by his last one so I approached this with trepidation.

I needn't have worried. This is a complete return to form with all the detective and supernatural elements that you would expect from a John Connolly book and even more interesting because it digs in to Parker's back story rather than the story of the journey we've been on with him.

Angel and Louis don't feature highly in this and I would have thought that I would have missed their presence but the story was intriguing enough without them.

A fabulous, well written, gripping and intriguing book - Dan Brown would do well to read it!
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