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The Dirty South

Hardcover / ISBN-13: 9781529398298

Price: £20

ON SALE: 20th August 2020

Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Thriller / Suspense

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It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young black women in Burdon County, Arkansas.

But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South.

In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family.

But that is about to change . . .

Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.


Anyone who enjoys the exploits of the former New York Detective-turned-private-investigator Charlie Parker will be thrilled by this prequel to his stories . . . Beautifully told, this underlines the sheer brilliance of the character of Parker
Daily Mail
A beautifully measured novel that is equal parts gripping mystery and an unsentimental meditation on grief, probably the best crime novel you will read this year
The Irish Times
This is a story populated with richly described characters, be they honorable or slimy, as well as rich descriptions and dialogue. Fast-moving, witty dialogue helps speed this well-plotted yarn to a dramatic conclusion. A most satisfying read for crime buffs.
Kirkus Reviews
Intelligent and subtle . . . Connolly is writing at the top of his game
Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)
There's no denying this one is a hell of a tale: dark, haunting, and beautifully told . . . For fans of the Parker series, the book is required reading
It is a dark and wondrous tale . . . an indispensable addition to the Parker canon for Connolly's longtime readers and a terrific introduction for those who have yet to discover his dark prose magic
Book Reporter
Mr Connolly's slam-bang thriller is studded with memorable characters and boasts cliffhangers within cliffhangers
Wall Street Journal
A finely written thriller haunted by a powerful sense of the struggle between good and evil
Daily Mail