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A Song of Shadows (Hardcover)
Fran & JB Recommend (after she finishes it this weekend, you can count Adele in on this, too):
This write-up is for people who are already hooked on John Connelly’s Charlie Parker series. If you haven’t started it, begin with Every Dead Thing and read them in order. It is crucial with this series to do that. And then skip the rest of this – it won’t make much sense.
At the end of The Wolf in Winter (a few signed copies still available), Parker’s left in limbo after being grievously wounded in an attack. As A Song of Shadows opens (this is not a spoiler – you knew the series wasn’t ending!), Parker is on the Maine coast recovering in a small town. Louis and Angel have prepped the cabin to make it secure, Walsh of the state police is keeping watch, Epstein and Ross have been in touch – he’s well taken care of.
But there are ugly forces in play – people with hidden trails back to Nazi evils, people who want to keep such trails hidden and are willing to kill to ensure they do. Evil knows evil and they’re in touch with forces that have tangled with Parker before.
What is different here is that there’s a new force for good that emerges – - -
And that’s all we can say. You just have to read the damn book.
It’s a tender story, even while it deals with great horrors. Bad guys are vanquished, even though we know they’re part of a greater army. But as the battle continues, there are significant changes taking place in the series and we truly wish we could get this book into your hands right now!
But we can’t.
A Song of Shadows goes on sale September 29th. No word yet on signed copies but we’ll alert you as soon as we hear.— Fran & JB
Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. 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 . . .