“Burke shows again that he’s not just a comic genius, but also a fine dramatic writer and storyteller.” – Booklist. “Prose both scabrous and poetic.” – Publishers Weekly. “Proust meets Chandler over a pint of Guinness.” – Spectator. “Among the most memorable books of the year, of any genre.” – Sunday Times. “A hardboiled delight.” – Guardian. “Imagine Donald Westlake and Richard Stark collaborating on a screwball noir.” – Kirkus Reviews. “A cross between Raymond Chandler and Flann O’Brien.” – John Banville.

Friday, March 29, 2013

The Ghosts Of Charlie Parker Past

Here’s an interesting innovation, and a very savvy use of the e-format. THE CHARLIE PARKER COLLECTION 1 (Hodder & Stoughton) brings together John Connolly’s first four Charlie Parker novels as an e-bundle omnibus edition, at the very attractive (UK) price of £7.99. To wit:
Former NYPD Charlie Parker first appears in EVERY DEAD THING on a quest for the killer of his wife and daughter. He is a man consumed by violence, guilt and the desire for revenge. When his ex-partner asks him to track down a missing girl, Parker embarks on a grim odyssey through the bowels of organised crime to a unique serial killer: The Travelling Man.

In DARK HOLLOW, Private detective Charlie Parker embarks on a nerve-shredding manhunt and closes in on his prime suspect. But someone else is tracking them both.

Parker’s empathy with the powerless victims of crime is growing ever stronger. It makes him a natural choice to investigate the death of Grace Peltier in THE KILLING KIND - a death that appears to be a suicide. Genial killers Angel and Louis join Parker again as he descends into a honeycomb world populated by dark angels and lost souls.

In THE WHITE ROAD, a black youth faces the death penalty for rape and murder; his victim, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in South Carolina. It is a case with its roots in old evil, and old evil is Charlie Parker’s speciality. Evil men from his past unite to exact a terrible revenge on the private detective.
  Naturally, the next four titles (THE BLACK ANGEL, THE UNQUIET, THE REAPERS, THE LOVERS) are also available in – you guessed it! – THE CHARLIE PARKER COLLECTION 2, also at £7.99.
  In literary terms, that right there is the bargain of the year. You know what to do, people …

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