“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.

Monday, March 14, 2016

First Look: A TIME OF TORMENT by John Connolly

The latest Charlie Parker offering from John Connolly is one of those sumptuous annual treats. A TIME OF TORMENT (Hodder & Stoughton) is the 14th in the Charlie Parker series, which – as of the previous outing, A SONG OF SHADOWS – features a Charlie Parker ‘reborn’ to a new purpose. To wit:
Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.
  But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
  Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.
  Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
  All in the name of the being they serve.
  All in the name of the Dead King.
  A TIME OF TORMENT will be published on April 7th. For more, clickety-click here

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