The Whisperers by John Connolly
(Charlie Parker, Book 9)

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“‘Oh, little one,’ he whispered, as he gently stroked her cheek, the first time he had touched her in fifteen years. ‘What have they done to you? What have they done to us all?’ ”

In his latest dark and chilling Charlie Parker thriller, New York Times bestselling author John Connolly takes us to the border between Maine and Canada. It is there, in the vast and porous Great North Woods, that a dangerous smuggling operation is taking place, run by a group of disenchanted former soldiers, newly returned from Iraq. Illicit goods—drugs, cash, weapons, even people—are changing hands. And something else has changed hands. Something ancient and powerful and evil.

The authorities suspect something is amiss, but what they can’t know is that it is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men’s hearts. As the smugglers begin to die one after another in apparent suicides, Parker is called in to stop the bloodletting. The soldiers’ actions and the objects they have smuggled have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other, the killer known as the Collector. . . .
 

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 JohnConnolly.co.uk. 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 June 25, 2010 by Atria Books. 420 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Horror, Crime, Education & Reference, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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Ancient artifacts and the second Iraqi War provide the backdrop for Connolly's outstanding ninth novel featuring PI Charlie Parker (after The Lovers). When the former NYPD homicide detective looks int

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Ancient artifacts and the second Iraqi War provide the backdrop for Connolly's outstanding ninth novel featuring PI Charlie Parker (after The Lovers).

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Holter Graham's breathless, bordering on melodramatic delivery is an appropriate fit for private detective Charlie Parker's latest battle with otherworldly evil.

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Book Reporter

The repartee among Louis, Angel and Parker is unequalled --- I would be first in line to buy a collection of such conversations culled from all of the Parker novels --- and one of the final vignettes in the book, involving The Collector and Herod, is unforgettable.

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Set in northern Maine, close to the porous border with Canada across which anything can be smuggled -- drugs, cash, weapons or people -- John Connolly's latest Charlie Parker adventure kicks off when the haunted private investigator is asked by a troubled father to try to find out why his son, an...

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Mysterious Reviews

Still, Connolly's seamless crossing of the line between mystery and horror — and back again — is something that he excels at, and The Whisperers will likely not disappoint fans of either genre.

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Spinetingler Magazine

However, reality plays an important part in the theme, giving the author the opportunity to reflect on the horrors of war and its effects – especially combat stress – on the lives of those who fought them.

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Military.com

Parker's investigation uncovers the suicides of other recently returned members of Damien's unit, and a smuggling ring dealing in ancient Iraqi artifacts being moved between Maine and Canada.

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