The Burning Soul by John Connolly available from next month.
The Burning Soul, a Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly is to be released in the UK, Ireland and Australia on September 1st, and in the US on September 6th by Hodder and Stoughton.
Randall Haight has a secret: when he was a teenager, he and his friend killed a 14-year-old girl.
Randall did his time and built a new life in the small Maine town of Pastor’s Bay, but somebody has discovered the truth about Randall. He is being tormented by anonymous messages, haunting reminders of his past crime, and he wants private detective Charlie Parker to make it stop.
But another 14-year-old girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor’s Bay, and the missing girl’s family has its own secrets to protect. Now Parker must unravel a web of deceit involving the police, the FBI, a doomed mobster named Tommy Morris, and Randall Haight himself.
Because Randall Haight is telling lies…
Extract from chapter one:
“She was crying now, and she wanted to run, but the road curved to the right and to the left, and she did not know which way to turn. The middle-aged woman came to her and wrapped her in her arms at last, even as her charge fought against her, and the doctor and Allan were approaching as she screamed the name again. Birds took flight from the surrounding trees, and unseen creatures burst from brush and scrub as though to carry the message.
The girl is gone, the girl is gone.”
John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and studied English at Trinity College and Journalism at Dublin City University. He subsequently spent five years working for The Irish Times and continues to contribute today.
His first novel, Every Dead Thing, published in 1999, introduced the character Charlie Parker to the world as a former policeman hunting down the killer of his wife and daughter. Charlie has proved to be immensely popular and can also be found in the novels Dark Hollow, The Killing Kind, The White Road, The Black Angel, The Unquiet, The Reapers, The Lovers and The Whisperers .
John has also published a collection of short stories and novellas in an anthology entitled Nocturnes.
Praise for the author:
‘As ever with Connolly, the macabre narrative is couched in prose that is often allusive and poetic.’ (Barry Forshaw, Independent )
‘Visionary brand of neo-noir . . . terrifically exciting, tightly plotted . . . written in an uncommonly fine, supple, sensuous prose.’ (Irish Times )
The Burning Soul is available for pre-order from Amazon.
Hardcover: 544 pages
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (1 Sep 2011)
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