The Burning Soul by John Connolly
(Charlie Parker, Book 10)

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What’s the worst thing you’ve ever done?

“There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud, so appalling that even to acknowledge them is to risk sacrificing a crucial part of one’s humanity, to exist in a colder, crueler world than before.”

Randall Haight has a secret: He is a convicted murderer, a man with the blood of a young girl on his hands. He has built a new life for himself in the small Maine town of Pastor’s Bay, but someone has discovered the truth about him. He is being tormented by anonymously sent reminders of his crime. He wants private detective Charlie Parker to make them go away.

But another girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor’s Bay itself, and her family has its own secrets to protect. Now, in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, Parker must unravel a twisted history of violence and deceit involving the police and the FBI, a doomed mobster and his enemies, and Randall Haight himself.

Because Randall is telling lies. . . .

About John Connolly

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John Connolly is the author of Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, Bad Men, Nocturnes, and The Black Angel. He is a regular contributor to The Irish Times and lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at Declan Burke has published four novels: Eightball Boogie (2003), The Big O (2007), Absolute Zero Cool (2011), and Slaughter’s Hound (2012). Absolute Zero Cool received the Goldsboro/Crimefest "Last Laugh" Award for Best Humorous Crime Novel in 2012. He also is the editor of Down These Green Streets: Irish Crime Writing in the 21st Century (2011). He hosts a website dedicated to Irish crime fiction called Crime Always Pays.
Published September 6, 2011 by Atria Books. 418 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Crime, Horror. Fiction

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This time Parker gets involved with the case of a missing child, 14-year-old Anna Kore, who disappears from the tiny, isolated town of Pastor’s Bay, leaving behind not a single workable clue.

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In Connolly's solid 10th thriller featuring private detective Charlie Parker (after The Whisperers), Randall Haight approaches attorney Aimee Price in the tiny Maine town of Pastor's Bay to ask for help regarding anonymous notes he's been receiving in the mail.

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Book Reporter

Some of his books lean this way or that, but for the most part he ladles out the genre staples --- seasoned with his own unique touch --- in equal measure.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Charlie Parker's investigation into Randall Haight, with its tantalising hint of the supernatural and insight into the dangerously insular town of Pastor's Bay, is a fascinating mystery.

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All his hopes rest on the shoulders of Charlie Parker, a man who has proved his ability to solve the most maddening of mysteries while battling the demons raised by the savage killing of his own wife and the desertion of his partner Rachel, who has left taking their daughter.

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In John Connolly's 10th Charlie Parker novel, Anna Kore, a 14-year-old girl, goes missing in the small and isolated town of Pastors Bay on the Maine coast.

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Charlie Parker is hired by an attorney to find who is sending threatening messages to a man, convicted of killing a classmate when he was a youth himself and now living under a new court-ordered identity, in The Burning Soul, the eleventh mystery in this series by John Connolly.

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Fantasy Literature

They were apostate birds: it was their instinct to betray to the pack the presence of the vulnerable.” Connolly finds new ways to describe things, creating the image without exhaustive detail, such as when he write “The Harveys had provided a pot of tea, served on a silver tray with china cups a...

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Curious Book Fans

The Burning Soul is the tenth full-length novel from John Connolly to feature Charlie Parker as the central character.

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Tormented by the past murder of his own daughter and the new disappearance of Anna Kore, Charlie finds it difficult to defend a man for whom he has contempt.

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