The Lovers: A Charlie Parker Thriller

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 2, 2009 - Fiction - 352 pages
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Charlie Parker is a lost soul. Deprived of his private investigator's license and under scrutiny by the police, Parker takes a job in a Portland bar. But he uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teenagers. It's a search that will eventually lead Parker to question all that he believed about his beloved parents, and about himself.

But there are other forces at work: a troubled young woman who is running from an unseen threat, one that has already taken the life of her boyfriend; and a journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace, who is conducting an investigation of his own. And haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman who seem driven to bring an end to Charlie Parker's existence.

Haunting, lyrical, and impossible to put down, The Lovers is John Connolly at his best.

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"the lovers"
not my favorite connolly book but i enjoyed it

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I am reading about Charlie Parker for the first time in this book. It's an intriging read with only one hinder in trying to understand what he is all about because of the why of his violent past. Yet it doesn't feel to much of an interference when reading this story. I usually get a bit bored reading copper's stories but here, with elements of corruption in the force (Serpico comes to mind) and the idea of two lovers who appear to be supernatural (are they?) I am glad to say I haven't finished the book yet! 

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John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.

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