The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller: 12 Hardcover – 10 Apr 2014
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The finest crime series currently in existence. (Independent on Sunday)
Superb . . . this thriller underlines just how fine a writer Connolly has become. (Daily Mail)
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)
The twelfth Charlie Parker thriller. John Connolly: Deep. Dark. Thrillers of distinction.See all Product Description
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I am surprised!. John Connolly has stripped away much of Parker's original personality and he has become quite changed. Gone is the trademark surreal, mega violent PI and in has walked a much older, thoughtful, intelligent man. The Charlie Parker I know shows up from time to time, not until the latter half of the novel, but until then he's almost a guest in his own story and remains in the shadows.
As for the villains, well, they're an odd bunch but a long way from the demonically vile creatures who usually stalk Parker's world.
So what's going on?. I suppose Parker has to make the transformation from rage fuelled young man into an older, experienced character if he's going to remain believable.
With Charlie Parker remaining in the background John Connolly has created a new lead character. Not what you might expect. The star of 'A Wolf in Winter' is a small, overlooked and decidedly eerie town named Prosperous. What Connolly fails to deliver through Parker he makes up for with his slow, meticulous creation of Prosperous. The place comes to life and there's some great scene setting threaded through with eerie horror and supernatural elements. In Prosperous secrets aren't the only things struggling to remain buried. What is that creature over there and why is it digging?.
I particularly enjoyed the themes around the ancient church of Prosperous. Is that a place really fit for worship?. Don't look too closely!.Read more ›
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of the Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .
Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.
First things first – if you have not yet started this series then LOOK AWAY NOW there may be minor spoilers ahead for previous novels (very minor but still!) and also – on top of that – if you HAVENT read them then why the heck not? Off you go. Every Dead Thing is where you start..
So we come to “The Wolf in Winter”. At the end of the previous book the murky relationship between Charlie and The Collector hit dangerous territory..and life for all my favourite characters was about to get more interesting. And deadly. As we open, the aftershocks of previous events resonate and thats before our Mr Parker comes to the notice of the inhabitants of a town called Prosperous…
I find these books quite difficult to review if I’m honest. When I review Stephen King I often want to shout “JUST READ IT its brilliant what else do you need to know?” And I could easily apply that to all the works of Mr Connolly, most especially this particular series. And this instalment has left me traumatised, desperate for more, completely out of breath and absolutely in awe. Of the writing, of the depth of the mythology he has created here, at the sheer stunning emotional resonance of the people that inhabit that world.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
As always a well written thriller that will keep the Charlie Parker following happy.Published 2 months ago by colin hebden
Prosperous is a small town in Maine. It's residents are a close community and look after their own. Like all small towns its has its secrets. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Tinalouise1969
I just love Connolly he is a master of detailed descriptions of people and area.This is a great plot and keeps pulling you back to finish I always bring him on holidays with me.Published 3 months ago by Mr C.
Charlie just goes from strength to strength. Keep em coming John. Thoroughly entertaining.Published 4 months ago by Leeds Loiners