Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war, will descend upon a strange, isolated community and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
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.
One of the writer's finest achievements . . . Connolly has always been good at the pungent evocation of place, but this self-contained community, almost existing out of time, is particularly striking, even in the Connolly lexicon of a nightmarish, phantasmagoric America. If you are a John Connolly or Charlie Parker fan . . . you will be adding it to your bedside table . . . new readers - start here. - Independent
In a consistently excellent series, A Time of Torment maybe the best yet . . . a dizzying, yet assured, ride to hell and back . . . this is an Old Testament novel. Charlie Parker is an Old Testament character. It is a testimony to Connolly's brilliance that the darkness that Parker confronts is still obviously and awfully relevant. - Sunday Herald
A story that grips you on the first page, and ends with a major jolt . . . Connolly seems to effortlessly juggle about seven different plotlines without ever losing the reader, and combines some seriously scary scenes with pithily expressed insights into human nature. - SciFi Bulletin
The Charlie Parker series has now reached its 14th volume and never fails to impress . . . just keeps on getting better and better and increasingly haunting. What began as a particularly atmospheric series of books featuring a wounded character in search of redemption in the fogs of rural Maine and other American landscapes has turned into a major literary triumph . . . Magical, horrific, poetic, gothic. Unique and rewarding. - Lovereading
Fascinating and bone-chilling . . . a beast of a good read and it has a whopping thumbs up from me - Lovereading
A beautifully realised tale . . . With A Time of Torment, the series sees possibly its strongest volume yet - if you weren't a fan of Parker before, you will be after reading this. - Mass Movement
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.