A SONG OF SHADOWS sees Parker revisit the crimes of a WWII concentration camp while he struggles to regain his health after the near-fatal shooting in THE WOLF IN WINTER.
Grievously wounded private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
Broken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Parker faces the darkest of dark forces in a case with its roots in the second world war, and a concentration camp unlike any other . . .
Recovering from a near-fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.
His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.
But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.
For something is emerging from the shadows . . .
This is another fine, complex read, Connolly again blending elements of the traditional gothic tale with those of the modern psychological thriller, horror, detective and science fiction genres, to be enjoyed with a good whisky during the last of the cold nights while your house softly whispers about you. - Weekend Australian
A Song of Shadows might be Connolly's best book in this outstanding series. Powered by elegant and evocative prose, this story enthralls and provokes in equal measure. It's an intoxicating blend of noir tinged with the paranormal, where life's biggest questions are asked of characters and readers alike. Simply superb. - Good Reading Australia
This is a cracking novel and I have barely hinted at some of its major dimensions. It has as many characters as Nicholas Nickleby, and they are all well developed and memorable. Connolly's remarkable skills allow you to penetrate the minds of aged citizens with 60 years of peaceful, respectable life in the US who once committed unspeakable crimes. - Adelaide Review
Beautifully written as always, Connolly's latest and very worthy addition to the Parker canon, piles thrill upon thrill while uncovering some uncomfortable truths - Irish Independent
Up there with the best of Connolly's Charlie Parker novels and I would recommend it to anyone with a pulse, It is a truly riveting read. - Crimewarp
Praise for THE WOLF IN WINTER:
Superb . . . this thriller underlines just how fine a write Connolly has become. - Daily Mail
A brilliant performance from one of our finest writers. - Irish Times
Praise for John Connolly:
Connolly has virtually no match when it comes to chilling his readers - Daily Express
John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. John Connolly's debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the winner of the 2016 CWA Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.
In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.