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A Game of Ghosts

A Charlie Parker Thriller: 15. From the No. 1 Bestselling Author of A Time of Torment

By John Connolly

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The Number One bestseller.

Fifteenth in the 'series of superb novels built around the haunted private detective Charlie Parker' (Daily Mail)

The Number One bestseller.

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending.

The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.

Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund's world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .

Biographical Notes

John Connolly is author of the Charlie Parker mysteries, The Book of Lost Things, the Samuel Johnson novels for young adults and, with his partner, Jennifer Ridyard, co-author of the Chronicles of the Invaders. John Connolly's debut - EVERY DEAD THING - introduced the character of Private Investigator Charlie Parker, and swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers. All his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He was the winner of the 2016 CWA Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.

In 2007 he was awarded the Irish Post Award for Literature. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award and the first Irish writer to win an Edgar award. BOOKS TO DIE FOR, which he edited with Declan Burke, was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and Macavity awards for Best Non-Fiction work.

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Beautifully crafted . . . John Connolly's unique ability to successfully combine crime and horror shows no sign of waning. — Irish Independent
Another chapter in the life of Charlie Parker and another fascinating read from the pen of the great John Connolly. Here is an author that seems to be totally in control of his writing and at the top of his game. — Shots
Once you start this book, make sure you've not got anything else important to do for the next few hours . . . The Charlie Parkerbooks have always been a gripping and enthralling read, but this latest one simply won't let you go. — ScifiBulletin
A Game Of Ghosts is layered with such craft that it is almost a disappointment when things resolve themselves with relative quickness, as if you really don't wish to bid some of these characters behind. Even the most dangerous of them. Of course, in Charlie Parker's world, you never can be sure. — Irresistible Targets
Connolly creates complicated plots that never unravel. He's just that good. — Kirkus
If you like your thrillers with an added undertow of supernatural you can do no better. — The Pool
A TIME OF TORMENT is one of the writer's finest achievements . . . If you are a John Connolly or Charlie Parker fan, a recommendation for this one is unnecessary - you will be adding it to your bedside table. But, as the saying goes: new readers - start here. — Barry Forshaw, Independent

Praise for A TIME OF TORMENT:
With A TIME OF TORMENT, the series sees possibly its strongest volume yet - if you weren't a fan of Parker before, you will be after reading this.

— Mass Movement
[The] Charlie Parker series . . . never fails to impress . . . it just keeps on getting better and better and increasingly haunting. What began as a particularly atmospheric series of books featuring a wounded character in search of redemption . . . has turned into a major literary triumph . . . Magical, horrific, poetic, gothic. — Maxim Jacubowski, Lovereading
In a consistently excellent series, A Time of Torment maybe the best yet . . . a dizzying, yet assured, ride to hell and back . . . It is a testimony to Connolly's brilliance. — Sunday Herald
Connolly provides plenty of tension and a genuinely creepy atmosphere that keeps you turning the page to find out what happens next. — Crime Scene
Connolly's prose is hypnotic and never lets you go. I am saddened that I will have to wait a while for the next book as Connolly is at the top of this form and has me completely hooked. An absolute must-read. — Shots
Beautifully crafted . . . John Connolly's unique ability to successfully combine crime and horror shows no sign of waning.
Another chapter in the life of Charlie Parker and another fascinating read from the pen of the great John Connolly. Here is an author that seems to be totally in control of his writing and at the top of his game.
Once you start this book, make sure you've not got anything else important to do for the next few hours . . . The Charlie Parkerbooks have always been a gripping and enthralling read, but this latest one simply won't let you go.
A Game Of Ghosts is layered with such craft that it is almost a disappointment when things resolve themselves with relative quickness, as if you really don't wish to bid some of these characters behind. Even the most dangerous of them. Of course, in Charlie Parker's world, you never can be sure.
Connolly creates complicated plots that never unravel. He's just that good.
If you like your thrillers with an added undertow of supernatural you can do no better.
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Karen Robards
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Karen Robards

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A Book of Bones

John Connolly
Authors:
John Connolly

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The Mummy Lessons

Helen Wallen
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Helen Wallen

The award winning 'Just A Normal Mummy' blogger returns with another frank and hilarious novel on those first twelve months of motherhood. Eat. (Sleep.) Cry. Repeat.After a tough pregnancy, Emily is determined to tackle motherhood like a pro. But perfection (and sleep) is hard to come by, no matter how much you spend in Mothercare. Her friend Molly seems to be breezing it. But with a business venture as well as a baby, is she taking on too much?And Liz has some serious choices to make about her new relationship when tragedy strikes.Celebrating female friendship, the highs and lows of motherhood, and the lifesaving power of a jumperoo, THE MUMMY LESSONS is a hilariously warm and frank novel for mums who have no idea what they're doing.

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Karen Ellis
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Karen Ellis
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Flight or Fright

Stephen King, Bev Vincent, Michael Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, E.C. Tubb, Tom Bissell, Dan Simmons, Cody Goodfellow, John Varley, Joe Hill, David J. Schow, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Peter Treemayne, James L. Dickey
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Stephen King, Bev Vincent, Michael Lewis, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Richard Matheson, Ambrose Bierce, E.C. Tubb, Tom Bissell, Dan Simmons, Cody Goodfellow, John Varley, Joe Hill, David J. Schow, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Peter Treemayne, James L. Dickey

Fasten your seatbelts for an anthology of turbulent tales curated by Stephen King and Bev Vincent. This exciting new collection, perfect for airport or aeroplane reading, includes an original introduction and story notes for each story by Stephen King, and brand new stories from Stephen King and Joe Hill.Stephen King hates to fly.Now he and co-editor Bev Vincent would like to share this fear of flying with you.Welcome to Flight or Fright, an anthology about all the things that can go horribly wrong when you're suspended six miles in the air, hurtling through space at more than 500 mph and sealed up in a metal tube (like - gulp! - a coffin) with hundreds of strangers. All the ways your trip into the friendly skies can turn into a nightmare, including some we'll bet you've never thought of before... but now you will the next time you walk down the jetway and place your fate in the hands of a total stranger.Featuring brand new stories by Joe Hill and Stephen King, as well as fourteen classic tales and one poem from the likes of Richard Matheson, Ray Bradbury, Roald Dahl, Dan Simmons, and many others, Flight or Fright is, as King says, "ideal airplane reading, especially on stormy descents... Even if you are safe on the ground, you might want to buckle up nice and tight."Book a flight for this terrifying new anthology that will have you thinking twice about how you want to reach your final destination.Table of Contents:Introduction by Stephen KingCargo by E. Michael LewisThe Horror of the Heights by Sir Arthur Conan DoyleNightmare at 20,000 Feet by Richard MathesonThe Flying Machine by Ambrose BierceLucifer! by E.C. TubbThe Fifth Category by Tom BissellTwo Minutes Forty-Five Seconds by Dan SimmonsDiablitos by Cody GoodfellowAir Raid by John VarleyYou Are Released by Joe HillWarbirds by David J. SchowThe Flying Machine by Ray BradburyZombies on a Plane by Bev VincentThey Shall Not Grow Old by Roald DahlMurder in the Air by Peter TremayneThe Turbulence Expert by Stephen KingFalling by James L. DickeyAfterword by Bev Vincent

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Mons Kallentoft
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Mons Kallentoft

The next dark mystery featuring the Linköping's best detective, Malin Fors, from the bestselling author Mons Kallentoft.In the early hours of the morning, the naked body of a young man is discovered in a ditch next to Go¨ta Kanal. The cause of death is mysterious; the body bears no visible traces of violence.The man is soon identified as Peder Akerlund, a former Swedish politician, excluded from his party for racism but since reformed. Then sixteen-year-old Nadja Lundin is reported missing, possibly abducted, the same evening, and there are signs that suggest the two cases might be connected.But what do the victims have in common? And why were they chosen? Gradually, Malin Fors realises that they are dealing with someone who is playing a game with them, who speaks through murders and who will not be silenced. What is he or she trying to say? Desperate to fine Nadja alive, the team race against the clock to find an answer before it's too late...Praise for the Malin Fors series:'One of the best-realised female heroines I've read by a male writer.' Guardian'Kallentoft's books have been called beautiful, exquisite and original. I can see why.' Literary Review'This is a worthy successor to Larsson's Millennium trilogy.' Booklist Starred Review

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The Red Ribbon

H.B. Lyle
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H.B. Lyle

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Clare Morrall
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Clare Morrall

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Claire Askew
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Claire Askew

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Once in a Lifetime

Chrissie Manby
Authors:
Chrissie Manby

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Sandra Brown
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Sandra Brown

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Michael Hughes
Authors:
Michael Hughes
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CoDex 1962

Sjón
Authors:
Sjón

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Holly Bourne
Authors:
Holly Bourne

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Ruth Hogan
Authors:
Ruth Hogan

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Marco Vichi
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Marco Vichi
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Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
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Graeme Simsion, Anne Buist
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John Connolly
Authors:
John Connolly

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Laura Carlin
Authors:
Laura Carlin

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Gwendy's Button Box

Stephen King, Richard Chizmar
Authors:
Stephen King, Richard Chizmar

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