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A Book of Bones

John Connolly
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The new thrilling instalment of John Connolly's popular Charlie Parker series.He is our best hope.He is our last hope.On a lonely moor in the northeast of England, the body of a young woman is discovered near the site of a vanished church. In the south, a girl lies buried beneath a Saxon mound. To the southeast, the ruins of a priory hide a human skull.Each is a sacrifice, a summons. And something in the darkness has heard the call.But another is coming: Parker the hunter, the avenger. From the forests of Maine to the deserts of the Mexican border, from the canals of Amsterdam to the streets of London, he will track those who would cast this world into darkness.Parker fears no evil.But evil fears him . . .

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The Woman in the Woods

John Connolly
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John Connolly

The Number One bestseller.It is spring, and the semi-preserved body of a young Jewish woman is discovered buried in the Maine woods. It is clear that she gave birth shortly before her death.But there is no sign of a baby.Private detective Charlie Parker is engaged by the lawyer Moxie Castin to shadow the police investigation and find the infant, but Parker is not the only searcher. Someone else is following the trail left by the woman, someone with an interest in more than a missing child, someone prepared to leave bodies in his wake.And in a house by the woods, a toy telephone begins to ring.For a young boy is about to receive a call from a dead woman . . .

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John Connolly
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John Connolly

Winner of the 2017 Ryan Tubridy Show Listener's Choice Award at the Irish Book Awards.John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity and the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists.An extraordinary reimagining of the life of one of the greatest screen comedians the world has ever known: a man who knew both adoration and humiliation; who loved, and was loved in turn; who betrayed, and was betrayed; who never sought to cause pain to others, yet left a trail of affairs and broken marriages in his wake . . . And whose life was ultimately defined by one relationship of such tenderness and devotion that only death could sever it: his partnership with the man he knew as Babe.he is Stan Laurel.But he did not really exist. Stan Laurel was a fiction.With he, John Connolly recreates the golden age of Hollywood for an intensely compassionate study of the tension between commercial demands and artistic integrity, the human frailties behind even the greatest of artists, and one of the most enduring and beloved partnerships in cinema history: Laurel & Hardy.

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A Game of Ghosts

John Connolly
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John Connolly

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 . . .

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The Edge of the Shadows

Elizabeth George
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Elizabeth George
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The Creeps

John Connolly
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John Connolly

Samuel Johnson is not in a happy place. He is dating the wrong girl, demons are occupying his spare room, and the town in which he lives appears to be cursed.But there is some good news on the horizon. After years of neglect, the grand old building that once housed Wreckit & Sons is about to reopen as the greatest toyshop that Biddlecombe has ever seen, and Samuel and his faithful dachshund Boswell are to be guests of honour at the big event. A splendid time will be had by all, as long as they can ignore the sinister statue that keeps moving around the town, the Shadows that are slowly blocking out the stars, the murderous Christmas elves, and the fact that somewhere in Biddlecombe a rotten black heart is beating a rhythm of revenge.A trap has been set. The Earth is doomed. The last hope for humanity lies with one young boy and the girl who's secretly in love with him. Oh, and a dog, two demons, four dwarfs and a very polite monster.

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7 Days

Deon Meyer
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I'll shoot a policeman every day until you arrest the murderer of Hanneke Sloet.Shortly after the South African Police Services receive this threatening email, a policeman is shot by a sniper and recovering alcoholic Benny Griessel is ordered to reopen the Sloet case.Hanneke Sloet was a sensual and ambitious lawyer. At the time of her murder she was working on one of the biggest Black Empowerment deals in South African history. She was found dead in her luxury Cape Town apartment, a single stab wound to her chest.After forty days, the trail has gone cold. The first investigation could find no motive and no leads, only a set of nude photographs, an ex-boyfriend with a rock-solid alibi, conniving attorneys and financial double-dealing.Benny has to deal with immense pressure from his superiors, the media and the unfathomable sniper, whose emails keep coming and who won't stop shooting. And then there's Benny's love interest, former pop sensation Alexa Barnard, who is also trying to rebuild her life after the ravages of alcohol, and Benny has to make sure she stays sober for her comeback.At the same time, Benny's feisty colleague, Captain Mbali Kaleni, is hunting the shooter, trying desperately to find what connects him to Hanneke Sloet.Both Benny and Mbali are about to endure seven days of hell.

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Books to Die For

John Connolly, Declan Burke
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John Connolly, Declan Burke

With so many mystery novels to choose from and so many new titles appearing each year, where should the reader start? What are the classics of the genre? Which are the hidden gems?In the most ambitious anthology of its kind yet attempted, the world's leading mystery writers have come together to champion the greatest mystery novels ever written. In a series of personal essays that often reveal as much about themselves and their work work as they do about the books that they love, more than 120 authors from twenty countries have created a guide that will be indispensable for generations of readers and writers. From Christie to Child and Poe to PD James, from Sherlock Holmes to Hannibal Lecter and Philip Marlowe to Peter Wimsey, BOOKS TO DIE FOR brings together the cream of the mystery world for a feast of reading pleasure, a treasure trove for those new to the genre and those who believe that there is nothing new left to discover. This is the one essential book for every reader who has ever finished a mystery novel and thought . . . I want more! www.bookstodiefor.net

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The Whisperers

John Connolly
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John Connolly

Charlie Parker returns in the chilling new thriller from the Sunday Times bestselling author of THE LOVERS.The border between Maine and Canada is porous. Anything can be smuggled across it: drugs, cash, weapons, people.Now a group of disenchanted former soldiers has begun its own smuggling operation, and what is being moved is infinitely stranger and more terrifying than anyone can imagine. Anyone, that is, except private detective Charlie Parker, who has his own intimate knowledge of the darkness in men's hearts.But the soldiers' actions have attracted the attention of the reclusive Herod, a man with a taste for the strange. And where Herod goes, so too does the shadowy figure that he calls the Captain. To defeat them, Parker must form an uneasy alliance with a man he fears more than any other, the killer known as the Collector . . .(P)2011 ISIS Publishing Ltd

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The White Road

John Connolly
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Bad Men

John Connolly
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John Connolly

Three hundred years ago, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed by one of their own, and slaughtered. Now a band of killers has returned to Sanctuary to seek revenge on a young woman and her son, and the only people who stand in their way are a young rookie officer and the island's resident policeman, the troubled giant known as Melancholy Joe Dupree. But Joe Dupree is no ordinary policeman. He is the guardian of the island's secrets, the repository of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary has been steeped in violence, and that its ghosts will tolerate the shedding of innocent blood no longer. On Sanctuary, the hunters are about to become the hunted.

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The Dying Breed

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All the Dead Voices

Declan Hughes
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Ed Loy has made some changes. He has moved into an apartment in Dublin's city centre, leaving behind his family home: he wants to break free of the ghosts of his own past, to live in the teeming present. But if that's what he wants for his own life, it's not always what his clients will permit: the baggage they bring with him propel him relentlessly into past. The police are working along similar lines with their new Cold Case unit. Looking back over a fifteen-year-old murder, they are satisfied by their original findings - but not so Loy. He has been hired by the victim's daughter to investigate the suspects ignored by the first investigation: a rich property developer, an ex-IRA man and Loy's own nemesis, George Halligan. But Loy has to watch his back: in the murky world into which he has fallen, he can't tell which threats come from the IRA and which from the police protecting their old case. Can Loy persuade his longstanding friend DI Dave Donnelly to help solve the Fogarty case, or does he have to rely on the murderous George Halligan? Does it all go back to the IRA? Are the men who gave the commands now respectable citizens? In his toughest case yet, Ed Loy delves into the dirty side of life in the new Ireland, where progress comes at a price and no one is free of their past.

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The Creeps Q&A with John Connolly

How long have you been frightening young people, and when did you decide to turn it from a hobby to a profession? Well, it’s not as if I’ve hanging around in alleyways dressed as a scarecrow, waiting for frailer children to walk by – not that that doesn’t sound like fun, mind you. I suppose I always enjoyed scary stories and films as a child and a teenager, although part of the pleasure always lay in laughing after the scare, I think. It’s what the current generation of torture porn auteurs doesn’t seem to realize, and it’s why, say, the 2013 remake of Evil Dead is so much more unpleasant than the original: it’s completely lacking in humor. In that sense, the Samuel Johnston books are really meant to be funny books that are a bit scary, rather than scary books that are a bit funny. The primary intention is to make the reader laugh. Why is it fun to be scared? Why do we look for scary things? It’s fun to be scared in safety, and at one remove from the threat, and not quite so much fun to be scared in actuality. That’s why parents are wrong to get too worked up about mildly scary films, and especially about mildly scary books. They’re a safe way for younger people to explore emotions, and a huge part of your development as a human being is exploring, and developing, one’s emotional makeup. They’re also a way of negotiating the darkness of the adult world, because they give form to threats and fears that are often very nebulous in reality. Children and teenagers understand that the adult world is difficult, and complex, and sometimes frightening, and supernatural fiction gives substance to the insubstantial. Look, the Twilight series is a good example. Those books aren’t about vampires and werewolves: they’re about relationships, and the difficulties of being in love, and finding oneself uprooted from one place to another when your parents’ marriage collapses. The vampire and werewolf stuff is just a carrier for those issues. Genre fiction is a good carrier food. What was the first scary book you read? I was very taken with a series of books for younger readers in which stories of supposedly real-life supernatural encounters were retold. I can’t recall who wrote them, but I liked the fact that they began with the assumption that this stuff might be real. That added an extra frisson. I was also reading Herbert Van Thal’s Pan anthologies, although they tended to have one or two good stories and then a whole bunch of ropier ones, many of which were age inappropriate. I’m on a roll now… I also had two anthologies of novelizations of Hammer horror movies, which I dearly loved, especially as I was rarely allowed to stay up late enough to watch Hammer movies on BBC 2 on Saturdays, so the novelizations were my generation’s equivalent of dodgy videos to watch behind the backs of parents. I then graduated to Stephen King, and MR James. What scared you when you were ten, and how was that different from what scares you now? I don’t think horror movies scared me. I can remember staying with a friend of mine at his parents’ holiday home, and being allowed to watch Dracula, Prince of Darkness because my parents weren’t around to say otherwise. I loved it, but my mate wet the bed during the night because of it. I felt slightly responsible for that, but only slightly. Later, I became concerned about my parents’ mortality, and a lot of that fed into The Book of Lost Things. Now, as I get older, I find myself still worried about my mother, who is in her eighties, but also becoming mildly concerned about my own mortality. Then again, maybe I’ll be the first to beat the odds. Why is Boswell a Dachshund, specifically? I always feel that they look like slightly worried, and vaguely thoughtful, little dogs. I suspect I have a natural empathy for them on that front. You’ve said this was the most difficult of the three Samuel Johnson books to write. Why was that? On one level it was because I was very anxious not to repeat myself, and I needed to find a way to make the book work after The Infernals/ Hell’s Bells. That was set in Hell, and so had a huge, mythic landscape against which to work. I couldn’t really improve upon that, so eventually it became clear that the way to go was to set the book in an enclosed space – in this case, a big old department store – but an enclosed space that also contained the entire Multiverse. But on another level it’s a book about leaving childhood behind. Samuel is getting older, and there’s a growing distance between himself and Nurd, the demon who lives with him, but it’s Nurd who recognizes it, not Samuel. There’s a little undercurrent of sadness to the book, so it was a question of balancing that alongside the humor, and the supernatural elements. Without giving too much away, THE CREEPS is rather clearly the end of a trilogy, but would you ever think about giving one of the secondary characters a book of his own — Nurd, perhaps, or Mr. Merryweather’s Elves? Follow-up question: do you have a favorite character, among Samuel’s infernal companions? The book does hint at that possibility, and they are characters to whom I hope to return. I love doing these little books. They’re an escape for me, and I’m fond of all of the characters. I suspect, though, that the next book, whenever I choose to write it, may well concern itself with Nurd. I even have a title in mind… Other than the main character being a young person, what’s the biggest difference between writing your adult books and writing the Samuel Johnson books? I think I can let my imagination run riot with the Samuel books, and I can also be funny – or try to be funny – in a way that I can’t in the adult books. I suppose, too, that I’m aware of trying to pass on information about the world, but not in a preachy way. There’s a kind of dual narrative in the books: there’s the main story being told, using one particular voice, and then there are occasional interjections, either as footnotes or asides, by another voice. It’s sometimes sarky, and kind of amused. I’ve always thought of it as the tone of the uncle in your family who always seemed a bit cooler than your dad. Will you continue to write books for young people, now that this trilogy is complete? Well, in the UK The Creeps is being published simultaneously with a book called Conquest, which is the first of a series for slightly older teens written with my better half, Jennie Ridyard. That’s a different way of writing about childhood, and I’m enjoying that challenge. It’s likely that there will be four of those books. In the end, I’ll always return to writing for young people. It’s incredibly rewarding – not financially, but spiritually and emotionally. I’m happier for doing it. What do you think about the categories of “young adult” and now “new adult” novels? Are these useful for readers, and do they/should they change the way authors write their books? I think they’re useful for bookstores in terms of organizing their shelves, and for parents and slightly younger readers who are still negotiating the world of books. From my own experience, though, I moved very quickly from books written for younger readers to adult books, and I was certainly exploring the world of adult fiction before I entered my teens. In the end, it’s a question of the development of the individual reader, and his or her tastes and maturity. I think, though, that adults have to learn to trust young readers. Kids, I find, are very good at discovering their own level when it comes to books. It can be a process of trial and error, but it’s a useful one. When it comes to books and reading, there’s a limit to how far wrong a kid can go! THE CREEPS by John Connolly is published in hardcover by Hodder & Stoughton on September 28 at £12.99