The Dirty South
It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young black women in Burdon County, Arkansas.
But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South.
In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family.
But that is about to change . . .
Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.
'The master of the supernaturally charged thriller [takes] Charlie Parker back to near the start of his story . . . it serves to remind long time admirers of what it was that they loved about the character in the first place . . . Have a care if you are new to the series though, as you'll be clearing your schedule for the rest of the Parker novels once this excellent thriller piques your curiosity' * Hot Press * Mr. Connolly's slam-bang thriller is studded with memorable characters and boasts cliffhangers within cliffhangers * Wall Street Journal * A story populated with richly described characters, be they honorable or slimy, as well as rich descriptions and dialogue. Fast-moving, witty dialogue helps speed this well-plotted yarn to a dramatic conclusion * Kirkus Reviews * Mr Connolly's slam-bang thriller is studded with memorable characters and boasts cliffhangers within cliffhangers * Wall Street Journal * It is a dark and wondrous tale . . . an indispensable addition to the Parker canon for Connolly's longtime readers and a terrific introduction for those who have yet to discover his dark prose magic * Book Reporter * There's no denying this one is a hell of a tale: dark, haunting, and beautifully told . . . For fans of the Parker series, the book is required reading * Booklist * Intelligent and subtle . . . Connolly is writing at the top of his game * Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) * This is a story populated with richly described characters, be they honorable or slimy, as well as rich descriptions and dialogue. Fast-moving, witty dialogue helps speed this well-plotted yarn to a dramatic conclusion. A most satisfying read for crime buffs. * Kirkus Reviews * A beautifully measured novel that is equal parts gripping mystery and an unsentimental meditation on grief, probably the best crime novel you will read this year * The Irish Times * Anyone who enjoys the exploits of the former New York Detective-turned-private-investigator Charlie Parker will be thrilled by this prequel to his stories . . . Beautifully told, this underlines the sheer brilliance of the character of Parker * Daily Mail *
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