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The Unquiet: The Sixth Charlie Parker Thriller [Paperback]

John Connolly
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18 Feb 2010
Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father's legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter's disappearance. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired to make Merrick go away, but Merrick will not be stopped. Soon Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth about Daniel Clay to be revealed, and those who want it to remain hidden at all costs. But there are other forces at work here. Someone is funding Merrick's hunt, a ghost from Parker's past. And Merrick's actions have drawn others from the shadows, half-glimpsed figures intent upon their own form of revenge, pale wraiths drifting through the ranks of the unquiet dead. The Hollow Men have come . . .

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Paperbacks (18 Feb 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444704745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444704747
  • Product Dimensions: 3.3 x 13.2 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,396 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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Parker is a classic character who walks straight and tall like someone from the old west, and the reader knows all will be well once he arrives in town. THE UNQUIET just won't let you put it down as the plot careers across the pages like a runaway train. Excellent! (Mark Timlin, Independent on Sunday)

This man's so good, it's terrifying ... a quieter, subtler, more reflective way of scaring us into shivering wrecks ... His gift for instilling terror is undimmed ... Connolly operates in the terrain between unease and horror and does so without resorting to hysteria (Marcel Berlins, The Times)

Connolly's books are shot through with bitter poetry, and couched in prose as elegant as most literary fiction . . . However, all of this is not the overriding reason why Connolly has risen above most of his peers. It's because Connolly's work has raised the stakes, beyond the quotidian concerns of most crime novels, into a grandiose conflict between the forces of good and evil, with religion and the paranormal stirred into the heady brew.' (Independent)

As usual, there is an element of the supernatural, taking the reader into a place where the real, contemporary world is touched by something from our worst nightmares, and he does it in lyrical, almost poetic language which grips and chills. (Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph)

THE UNQUIET reveals both pace, full description and a compelling central character. It's a rich achievement - and strange that a master of the macabre like Connolly should seem such a nice guy. (Daily Express)

Connolly handles the unspeakable with consummate ease (Daily Mirror)

Parker seeks truth and discovers pain. His sleuthing is fast-packed, which makes THE UNQUIET a thrilling read' (FT Magazine)

Originality in story and style is what makes Connolly stand out from the thriller pack. THE UNQUIET is plotted and paced not to break your neck, like those of his rivals in the business, but to efficiently crush every bone in your body. (Daily Sport)

In two fascinating confrontational scenes between Parker and He/It-who-will-not-be-named here, (Connolly) writes superbly mesmerising dialogue. You'll be running shards of it through your mind after the book is finished . . . THE UNQUIET ends with the tantalising suggestion that the detective, after years of relentless, self-righteous violence, has literally lost his soul - and that the ultimate enemy has yet to come. I can't wait. (Irish Times)

'Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings. (Publishers Weekly)

Very well researched and very sympathetically written; when the plot gets very dark, I find the author has the knack of lightening the mood. A fast moving thriller with shades of the supernatural. (New Books Magazine)

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Charlie Parker returns in the chilling thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE LOVERS

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Latest Charlie Parker Thriller 13 May 2007
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This is John Connollys latest addition to his best selling Charlie Parker series. For those unfamiliar with the books Charlie Parker is a Private Detective with a dark past who frequently gets into cases which have chilling often supernatural edges to them.

This latest book greets the return of the mysterious Collector who readers of Nocturnes may remember from the short story The Reflecting Eye.

This time Charlie Parker along with various friends and other characters are trying to track down a group of paedophiles guilty of various disturbing acts who have gone to ground for years following the killing of one of their victims, this story has alot less of the supernatural in it than some of the other Parker books and is more thriller based.

All around it is a good book and readers of past Parker books can expect the usual great writing, fast moving plot and intriguing characters. This book may not be so much suited to first time readers of the Charlie Parker series as there is alot of references to past books which may seem confusing or irrelevant to those who havent read the series or at least part of it.

Really is a good book for returning readers of the series but if your a first time reader try some of his other books first and see if theyre too your taste if so you'll enjoy this one all the more.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Always dark; this one's darker 1 Aug 2007
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Charlie Parker always seems to find the cases which turn out to haunt him even more - or is it that the cases find him? The Collector is back, his friends in low places, Louis and Angel are back and so are Charlie's daemons.
Yet again John Connolly brings darkness and tragedy to the page. Hunting the killer of an abused young girl, CP almost bites off more than he can handle in the harrowing search for the men who systematically found their prey and carried out their gross acts of horror.
The book moves along with pace and, although Parker never fires a shot in anger, others do and the body count mounts. New readers may not appreciate how The Collector fits into Charlie's life but this shouldn't spoil the storyline. And perhaps, Charlie does, at last, discover and deal with his own problems. Maybe we'll find out for sure in the next book.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best Charlie Parker to date ! 21 Jun 2007
Charlie Parker the haunted private detective fron John Connolly's previous tales is back in what can only be described as the darkest novel in the series to date.

This is a big read and I polished this book of in two sittings such was force of the storyline. Bringing back charecters from the previous books, villans and hero's alike it does help to have read the earlier Parker novels first.

This book book covers the issues of child abuse and the horror and darkness that surrounds it with a fine touch that does not go into to much detail but at same time will have you thinking for days after, there are people like that out there, we know they are, but there are not enough Charlie Parkers to make things right.

John Connolly has created in Charlie Parker a dark and troubled person, say unlike ( Robert Crais's Elvis Cole), that you can always feel for him and understand why and what he does to solve cases.

A very violent book, crammed with awfull villans that you want them all dead by the last page, but so well written that when you have finished it you are wanting more. Long may Charlie Parker, Angel and Lewis stay with us.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Has Bird lost his mojo? 14 Aug 2007
I can't convince myself that I enjoyed THE UNQUIET as much as one or two of Connolly's earlier works, my personal favourite remaining THE WHITE ROAD. I have to admit though that he seems to have addressed one of my most consistent complaints over the past few years, that being the excessive and often gratuitous levels of violence displayed by all characters past, be they on the right or wrong side of the law. In this latest episode in the life of Charlie `Bird' Parker, you will find yourself deep into the second half before so much as a bullet is fired, and I certainly welcomed this. This relatively mellow tone doesn't last forever of course, because normal service is eventually resumed even if the triggers of Parker and his associates Louis and Angel remain in place from start to finish. This might suggest that there are many lighter moments that give Louis an opportunity to display his super-cool wit, but this isn't the case, as there is little in the way of humour at any time and certainly less than in many of the preceding Parker tales.

The underlying theme of this tale is the sexual abuse of children, and somewhat inevitably Connolly, in his own style, makes it clear that in the pecking order of evil, paedophiles rank below (i.e. worse than) the likes of violent criminals, contract killers and characters who might represent the Devil himself. Few would disagree, I guess, but apart from that classification the reader gains little in the way of insight into what makes such monsters do what they do, indeed in the closing pages Parker raises numerous questions but neither he nor the writer offers much in the way of answers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars a good bookxxx
a rally good book couldnt put it down.passed it on to a friend and they were the same thanks janexxx
Published 1 day ago by Jane Lloyd
3.0 out of 5 stars I just can't seem to get into these books......
I honestly don't know what it is, bit I just can't seem to get into John Connelly's books.
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5.0 out of 5 stars love it!
I am in the midst of reading the Charlie Parker series and am never dissappointed! I will re-surface at the end! MORE PLEASE!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent read
Purchased this for my father. He said it was an excellent read. It was a very reasonable price and arrived on time as indicated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The unquiet
Another fabulous read. Still so many unanswered questions.on to the next book can't wait to get . My hands on it
Published 5 months ago by kellytunnah
5.0 out of 5 stars All John Connolly books are a good read.
As with all John Connolly books it is addictive and gripping. Once the book is started it hard to put down.
Published 7 months ago by Lorraine Eagles
2.0 out of 5 stars Pulp Fiction
I had not read any of the other books in this series, but went for this because it was highly praised as a psychological thrhiller. Read more
Published 9 months ago by gerardpeter
5.0 out of 5 stars The Unquiet
One has to say that Mr Connolly has the knack. Yet again he has managed to suck us into the life of our tainted hero and his strange mix of friends and fiends. Read more
Published 9 months ago by John Bingham
5.0 out of 5 stars Connolly as yet to fail
John Connolly, known for his provocative and page turning thrillers has yet to fail especially with his 7th book in the Charlie Parker series The Unquiet. Read more
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