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Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so destroyed himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized.
But in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him and of an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.
Parker is not like other men. He died and was reborn. He is ready to wage war.
Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.
All in the name of the being they serve. All in the name of the Dead King.
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By Bill on 08-30-16
True Return To Form
To be candid, I am a big fan of John Connolly and the Charlie Parker series. I have enjoyed every entry in the series, although some have maybe lacked the punch and energy of his earlier novels. A Time of Torment, however, fires on all cylinders and serves as a huge reminder why this is my favorite thriller series. It heavily features Parker (and his tormented past), his remarkable sidekicks, Angel and Louie, a deeply mysterious faction of humanity (The Cut), and small-town drama at its finest.
Always a genre-bending author, Connolly carefully weaves the supernatural into (an often harsh) reality in a way that never dilutes the feeling of realism or the compelling nature of the story.
The narrator was wonderful as well, and I simply couldn't put it down (so to speak). This one is a winner.
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By WWBill G on 02-28-17
Not his best. Feels like a place holder
I love this series and have been looking forward to a new Parker book. This one left me cold. A rehash of old plot points and lays the groundwork for evolving the series. All good but the storyline here feels lazy and predictable. Guess it is time for some fresh direction and hopefully the next entry into the series will return to form. If you are not a real Parker fan you can skip this one.
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