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The whisperers : a Charlie Parker thriller
John Connolly
Adult Fiction CONNOLL

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Ancient artifacts and the second Iraqi War provide the backdrop for Connolly's outstanding ninth novel featuring PI Charlie Parker (after The Lovers). When the former NYPD homicide detective looks into the suicide of an Iraq war veteran, he discovers that several members of the soldier's unit have also killed themselves and that they may have been involved in smuggling looted treasures into the U.S. Parker begins to fear that the returning soldiers have brought back more than their own personal demons. As he races to find an antique golden box before it falls into the wrong hands, Parker discovers that he's being shadowed by the enigmatic Collector, a repulsive killer whose nature is as problematic as that of Parker himself. Connolly displays a real knack for fusing the detective and horror genres, providing a rational chain of evidence and deduction for the plot while simultaneously creating a real atmosphere of numinous dread that reminds us that mystery can refer to more than a mundane tale of crime and human justice. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

From Library Journal:

Charlie Parker, Louis, Angel, and even the Collector are back in Connolly's eighth Parker thriller (after The Lovers). Parker is contacted by the father of a recently returned Iraqi veteran who committed suicide, even though he had what he'd called "a good war." When Parker starts asking questions, he finds that this is not the only member of Stryker C who has taken their own life and that there is something "hinky" going on. As with anything Parker is involved with, the supernatural is at play, and lots of big guns, too. Parker is kidnapped and an attempt is made to scare him off the investigation but instead he calls in Angel and Louis to watch his back as he finds out what the men of Stryker C are up to. Verdict A typical Charlie Parker novel chock-full of action and monsters, both human and not, that will be snapped up by his fans. [See Prepub Alert, LJ 3/15/10.]-Lisa Hanson O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Charlie "Bird" Parker
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Feels responsible for his wife and daughter's deaths; has a little girl with Rachel; investigating the suicide of a group of Iraq war veterans running a smuggling operation.
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Rachel Wolfe
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