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  • Hardcover: 480 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (30 Aug. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1444756443
  • ISBN-13: 978-1444756449
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 4 x 24 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (186 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 210,202 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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Haunting, scary and addictive . . . the finest crime series currently in existence. As always, the plot marries an ingenious, if recognisable, detective story with something wicked and otherwordly. (Indepent on Sunday)

Few thriller writers can create a sense of menace and evil as deftly as Connolly does. Compelling. (Irish Independent)

With Connolly, good and evil are always too close for comfort (Daily Mirror)

[What] is so impressive [is] the fact that he's able to work poetic language into the thriller format . . . 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)

Connolly returns to page-turning form with his depiction of a moral world at the mercy of epic conspiracy and remorseless, primordial evil (The Irish Times)

This thriller might just have you grasping for your childhood teddy. (Loaded)

His latest plot is a clever mixture of quest and chase . . . rarely fails to sing (Observer)

Skilful at humour and building suspense, Connolly's writing is also poignant and at times downright beautiful (Sunday Business Post)

Connolly has always managed to deftly juggle the essential elements of genre fiction with his own supernatural flavour and WRATH is no exception . . . Connolly has crafted [Parker] so expertly. (Hot Press Ireland)

Ingenious, seriously scary and plausible . . . Excellent (Sun)

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The eleventh Charlie Parker thriller.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Catherine Carter on 17 Sept. 2012
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Mr Connolly is on top form again with this story of something lost and sought in the deep forests of Maine. Although his stories are never a riot of laughs, this one in particular breathes an air of foreboding almost from the start and the sense of menace only grows. It's difficult to describe the plot without spoilers but some characters we've met before reappear (and I don't just mean Angel and Louis although they do) including one we thought was dead and the forest is almost a character in its own right. We also get a sense that Charlie and his friends are beginning to age.

My only complaint is that we are still no nearer to finding out what Charlie Parker *is* even if we find out what he is not.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Raven TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Aug. 2012
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If you go down to the woods today you're sure of a big, and in true John Connolly fashion, quite nasty surprise in this the eleventh, in the Charlie Parker series. Fear not if this is your first step into the dark, supernatural tinged tales from the pen of Mr Connolly as there is just the right amount of back story to bring you right up to speed as to why everyone behaves in the way that they do, and the numerous, and at times more than a bit scary skeletons that reside in Parker's closet which delight in coming back to bite him on the derriere. If you're a seasoned fan of the unholy trinity of Charlie, Louis and Angel step right in and prepare to be entertained- this is a corker with more than a few familiar faces along the way...
Despite my more than a bit flippant intro to my review this is indeed one of the darkest tales yet featuring Charlie Parker and there is a suffocating miasma of evil throughout the whole affair with most characters being touched in some way by this atmosphere of death and misery. From the opening scene of a dying old man's confession of a past sin to a sinister path of discovery towards a hidden list of doomed souls, Connolly weaves a convoluted tale that is murderous, tangential and twisting hither and thither with all the main protagonists being expertly drawn together for a bloody denouement. As I alluded to earlier, the recurring characters all have a part to play and with the reappearance of the wonderfully sinister Kushiel (or `The Collector') and with a couple of other nasty surprises, there is more than enough to keep Parker on the back foot throughout the novel as they close in for different reasons to the acquisition of the list, languishing in the wrecked fuselage of a crashed plane in the backwoods of Maine.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Glasgow Reader on 3 Sept. 2012
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If you are a fan of the Charlie Parker series, you'll love this one. A lot of the old "favourites" are here - the collector, Epstein, Louis and Angel, Brightwell. And all the John Connolly trademarks are there - the excellent characters, the creepy plot, the battle of good versus evil (even though the distinction is sometimes a bit blurred) and the humour. I started reading as soon as it was available on my Kindle and could barely put it down until I'd finished it. There's a bit less violence than normal - the characters are growing older - but the suspense remains. This is a great "supernatural" mystery, well-told and well-written.The setting of the book - the dense Maine woods - adds to the atmosphere and the feeling of menace and evil.
If you're new to Charlie Parker and John Connolly I urge you to buy the book anyway. You'll still enjoy it even if some of Charlie Parker's back-story (in particular his friendship with Angel and Louis, and his more troubled relationships with Epstein and the Collector)won't be clear to you. But you will enjoy it so much you will set out to read the previous 10 Charlie Parker stories.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Quagg on 15 Sept. 2012
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Wow! This was brilliant. I was a little disappointed by the lacklustre previous novel in the Charlie Parker series, so although I HAD to buy this, I did so with a few qualms and not a little trepidation.

I needn't have worried. This is Connolly back to his effortless best, a dark thriller elegantly laced with the supernatural. It's beautifully written: many times I had to stop and re-read a sentence to appreciate the subtle, clever turn of phrase. I wish I had made a note of the page numbers so that I could have quoted some here, but I was too engrossed in the story to do anything so practical.

The story itself is gripping and well-paced, with popular characters such as Louis and Angel finding a natural place in the events as they unfold, rather than feeling shoe-horned in as they have tended to in recent years. Parker himself is as utterly fascinating as ever, delineated in the first-person narrative with casual skill and deftness.

I loved the locale. The northern woods with their abandoned fort, crashed plane and chilling (Japan horror-inspired?) little girl ghost are imbued with a compelling coldness and foreboding. It's gorgeously evocative.

Brilliant, brilliant work, Connolly. This 400+ page novel felt too short even though I rationed myself and eked it out over almost a week.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful By N. Helfrich on 30 Aug. 2012
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The story begins when Marielle Vetters and Ernie Scollay seek Charlie's advice. On his deathbed Marielle's father told her and her brother the story about how he and his friend Harlan, Ernie's deceased brother, discovered a plane that had crashed deep in the Maine woods. They had taken money they had found in that plane and they tell Charlie about papers and a list with names the men had found.
At the same time a woman who hasn't done a lot of good in her life seeks redemption by sending a list of names to an old acquaintance of Charlie. A list some dangerous people also want to get their hands on.
Before Charlie knows it he's deep in trouble, but this time he's not trusted by old allies anymore as they are questioning his motives and his very nature.
Also, like Connolly mentioned before, an old adversary of Charlie resurfaces again.
The Wrath of Angels is mostly about Charlie Parker as things get very personal for him and as expected he makes that call to some special gentlemen from New York...
The Wrath of Angels is a very dark tale from the masterfully skilled pen of John Connolly, with villains that are as colourful as they are malicious. Connolly's descriptions of characters and surroundings alike make the stories literally come to life.
As always it's a pleasure to lose onself in Connolly's tight and enthralling writing and there is a terrible sense of unease and dread throughout the whole narration. You can almost feel the darkness and damp in the deepest darkest woods reaching out for you. Halfway throug the story I was beginning to fear Connolly might have done the unspeakable thing...But you'll have to read for yourselves to find out more!
Definitely one of the must read thrillers of this year!
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