Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins . . .
The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of the Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town . . .
But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.
Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.
There are a number of guarantees in life and you’ve no doubt heard most of them, I know I have – death, taxes, stamp duty and One Direction the most popular of all – but you can also add author John Connolly to the mix. Mr Dependable, you can be assured that when you pick up one of his books you are going to be entertained with a gripping story. There’s very little point in me harping on about the story in The Wolf in Winter, but as Senator Vernon Trent (played by William Sadler in the film Hard to Kill) profoundly said You can take that to the bank. And take it you shall because this is another wonderful Charlie Parker adventure you’ll struggle to put down.
But for me The Wolf in Winter is so much more than an entertaining story, it’s about two homeless men – Jude and Shaky. Don’t get me wrong, Charlie Parker, the main protagonist plays his role superbly as you would expect and he’s always there or thereabouts from the very beginning, but even though Jude and Shaky play a small role in the grand scheme of things they touched me. I don’t know what it was about the pair, but when a character or characters unexpectedly have a profound effect on you then you know the author has done his job. These two will remain with me for some time to come.
The story begins with Jude’s death and it comes as no surprise to anyone but the manner in which the homeless man dies and his backstory is incredibly moving, the compassion I felt for this man is immeasurable. It really did surprise me.
The Wolf in Winter is definitely character driven (magnificently done I may add), there are a number of goodies and baddies – more than enough for everyone – and they all play their part to round off an accomplished and balanced story. There’s humour too, it’s not all gloom and doom, supplied mostly by Charlie Parker’s friends and allies Angel and Louis. I lost count at the number of times I laughed out loud with their dialogue!
So there we have it, a very short review but one I hope conveys just how good this book is. A terrific addition to the Charlie Parker stable, Dublin’s own John Connolly goes from strength to strength and I for one cannot wait to read the next instalment. Dark, moody and gripping The Wolf in Winter is not to be missed. One more thing – that ending – Wow!
- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton (10 April 2014)
- Language: Unknown
- ISBN-10: 1444755323
- ISBN-13: 978-1444755329
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