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Tormented and racked with guilt over the brutal slaying of his wife and daughter, Charlie Parker, ex-cop with the NYPD, agrees to track down a missing girl. It is a search that will lead him into an abyss of evil.
At the same time, he is warned by an old black woman in Louisiana that "The Travelling Man" is about to strike again. Multiple strands converge with a horrific confrontation in which hunter and hunted are intimately connected by guilt.
©1999 John Connolly (P)2003 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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5 out of 5 stars
By Claude on 10-31-17

A symphony of noir and macabre

This is the first installment of the Charlie Parker series. A well-written rollercoaster of pain and loss that will grab you by the throat and never let go.
The plot is intricate, the characters well-developed.
Literary references are undeniable and well-put.
I had a great time listening to the narrator. He effortlessly led me through this nightmarish episode with elan and a captivating and mysterious cadence of words.

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5 out of 5 stars
By knittyboot on 07-03-12

good book if you like this kind of thing

This is the first in the Charlie Parker series and I'd listen to this before listening to any of the others as it's story is often referred to in the other books. The story is very much in the style of the Phillip Marlow books; lots of hard boiled patter and tough guy philosophising. This gives it an old fashioned feel so it just depends on whether you like your detectives macho and just a tiny bit cheesy; I do and so loved this book. It's also worth noting that the murders are truly gruesome so if you've got a weak stomach I'd avoid this title. Turns out I'd read this title years ago and remembered who the murderer was half way through listening but this didn't lessen my enjoyment. It does on the other hand make it difficult to assess the effectiveness of the red herrings and eventual twist but as I said before even knowing who did it didn’t spoil my enjoyment. The narration really fits the story; an inspired choice of reader

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5 out of 5 stars
By Emma on 10-13-12

Settles in your bones and lives there

John Connolly writes as though he knows his characters and has seen what they see, and felt what they feel. He has an insight that makes me wonder how much of what he writes comes from personal experience, being able as he is to set the scene in minute detail, enabling us to really see, hear and smell what we need to in order to live the words he writes.



The story of a man struggling with his addiction to alcohol when his wife and little daughter are taken from him is laid bare for us as if written through he grieving. Then Parker makes it his mission to bring to his form of justice the killers on his way to finding the root of this nightmare.



The narrator, Jeff Harding, is an absolute talent and was perfect for this read.



I am only glad John has written so many books in this series!

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jolene on 05-23-16

I couldn't get into it...

I have read a lot of John Connollys books.. some time ago. I couldn't concentrate on the story and found it boring and hard to follow. I can't really put my finger on why. the narrator was okay, the story seemed interesting but ended up being jumbled and my mind kept meandering away from the story so I couldn't remember what was going on. I returned it before I finished it.

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3 out of 5 stars
By delia on 05-03-17

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Well all I can say is l won't be coming to America any time soon

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