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The Unquiet: A Thriller

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  • Unknown Binding
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (a); Abridged edition (15 May 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743561589
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743561587
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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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. (Sunday Telegraph)

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! (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. (The Times) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Charlie Parker returns in the chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE BLACK ANGEL --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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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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This latest in the Parker series is of a much different tone and pace to the other books. He takes the time to stop and take toll of where all the characters are in their lives, and he confronts some issues that have been going unresolved for Parker in the previous books. I cant say that he exactly gets "closure" or any "answers", as this doesnt really follow on from the storyline of The Black Angel, in terms of whether or not they really were angels or whether he is one himself. But it stops to make you realise that Parker isnt really over the death of his wife and child, that maybe (even though they bring a comic element to the books) you shouldnt really *like* louis, and it delves more into the reason why he let Rachel leave him and how he copes with that. Parker also see's himself empathising with Merrick who is obsessed with finding out what happened to his daughter who disappeared, remembering back to his reaction to his daughters death and the consequent hunt for the Travelling Man.

It is beautifully written, in parts very emotionally touching and in content it tackles a very complicated and sensitive issue. That being of child abuse. As the blurb says, there is the return of a character from one of the previous Parker stories, and as always, Parkers "villians" can make your skin crawl and your stomach ache.

This isnt a book where you will find a dead body every chapter, it is much more personal and I think that it is a refreshing change for Parker and the series. Great work Connolly! Keep it coming!

ohh... and PS. His next novel will be called "The Reaping" and will have Angel and Louis as its main characters.
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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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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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