The Wolf in Winter

The Wolf in Winter

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New York Times bestselling author John Connolly is a master of the supernatural thriller--"a genre of one" ( Bookreporter )--whose eerie and electrifying Charlie Parker mystery turns a small town in Maine into an unforgettable character that threatens to destroy the brooding private investigator.

The isolated community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived. While others suffered, the people there have remained fortunate, wealthy, secure, and insular throughout the centuries.

Miles to the south, in Portland, a homeless man dies, and the disturbing manner of his death brings Prosperous to the attention of the private investigator Charlie Parker. He is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, rage, and the desire for vengeance. Prosperous and its townsfolk recognize that he poses a threat to their security that runs deeper than any in their long history.

But this community has its own way of protecting itself, and its sheltered residents have marked Charlie for death so that Prosperous may survive. Prosperous, and the secret that is buried beneath it...
Publisher: New York :, Emily Bestler Books/Atria Paperback,, 2016
Edition: First Emily Bestler BooksAtria paperback edition
Copyright Date: ♭2014
ISBN: 9781501122705
1501122703
Characteristics: xii, 420 pages

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pspice
Jan 19, 2017

I like everything he writes so far. Compelling and dark. Just a wonderful combination of horror, thriller and detective story. I am reading them as they become available from the library and was able to enjoy them even though I am not following the chronological order of publication.

ChristchurchLib Oct 18, 2016

John Connolly is a hard author to categorize: his Charlie "Bird" Parker novels are part mystery, part thriller, and part horror, thanks to a few supernatural elements. They're also moody and intelligently plotted, with a complex and tortured main character. Like the Jack Reacher novels, the writing here is absorbing -- and The Wolf in Winter (like some of the Reacher books) is set in a small town whose citizens are keeping dark and dangerous secrets. If you're looking for a strong, compassionate central character but a slightly different atmosphere, try this long running series. Purists can start at the beginning, with Every Dead Thing.

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sridsdale
Oct 29, 2015

would rate this 7/10, not really a great crime thriller novel, seems to stray a bit.

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GAI1776
May 26, 2015

Not happy with this book, but I do like connollys' Charlie parker series, didn't care for the ending reminded me a little of walter mosley ending for easy Rawlins (most unsatisfying) perhaps connollys next parker will be better.

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2puppies
May 06, 2015

So-so and certainly not his best.

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d050387321
Mar 20, 2015

Very good - a plausible explanation of why bad things happen to good people and to those not so good.

athompson10 Dec 05, 2014

Much slower and more meandering than the other Charlie Parker novels. This one does not stand alone well; you need the background on the characters, their friends and their enemies, in order to understand a lot of what's going on.

nelson21 Nov 26, 2014

Dreadful.

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SportyReader
Nov 15, 2014

It's hardly pulse pounding as the description say. In actual fact it's largely dull and plods along at a pace that even a tortoise would scoff at.

Any interest this book generates starts happening about 3/4 into the book and even then it turns out to have little bearing on the underlying them that Connolly has been toying with throughout this book.

i was quite excited when I saw that the book was going to be released and waited for months to get it and when I finally did I was sorely disappointed and left Hollow, just like one of the Collector's victims. I really wanted to like this book...I really did.

i think it's high time that Connolly put this series to bed because it's not going anywhere, and more worryingly, I'm not sure that Connolly knows where he's going with this too. I have long tired of the witless sarcastic banter between Angel and Louis, whom Connolly has seemingly imbued with super powers...turned them into a couple of the Beautiful People of the world who are just too cool, just too perfect at who they are and what they do.

I gave this drudgingly weary book 2 stars ,one for helping to put me to sleep at night and the other for the mild excitement towards the end but which evaporates quite quickly.

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