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The Unquiet

The Unquiet

The sixth haunting Charlie Parker thriller not to be missed by fans of Stephen King and Michael Connelly.

‘This man’s so good, it’s terrifying.’ – The Times

Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her father’s legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughter’s disappearance. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired to make Merrick go away, but Merrick will not be stopped. Soon Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth about Daniel Clay to be revealed, and those who want it to remain hidden at all costs. But there are other forces at work here. Someone is funding Merrick’s hunt, a ghost from Parker’s past. And Merrick’s actions have drawn others from the shadows, half-glimpsed figures intent upon their own form of revenge, pale wraiths drifting through the ranks of the unquiet dead. The Hollow Men have come . . .
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Genre: Fiction & Related Items / Crime & Mystery

On Sale: 18th February 2010

Price: £8.99

ISBN-13: 9781844568369

Reviews

THE UNQUIET reveals both pace, full description and a compelling central character. It's a rich achievement - and strange that a master of the macabre like Connolly should seem such a nice guy.
<i>Daily Express</i>
In two fascinating confrontational scenes between Parker and He/It-who-will-not-be-named here, (Connolly) writes superbly mesmerising dialogue. You'll be running shards of it through your mind after the book is finished . . . THE UNQUIET ends with the tantalising suggestion that the detective, after years of relentless, self-righteous violence, has literally lost his soul - and that the ultimate enemy has yet to come. I can't wait.
<i>Irish Times</i>
Very well researched and very sympathetically written; when the plot gets very dark, I find the author has the knack of lightening the mood. A fast moving thriller with shades of the supernatural.
<i>New Books Magazine</i>
This man's so good, it's terrifying ... a quieter, subtler, more reflective way of scaring us into shivering wrecks ... His gift for instilling terror is undimmed ... Connolly operates in the terrain between unease and horror and does so without resorting to hysteria.
<i>The Times</i>
'Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.
<i>Publishers Weekly</i>
Parker is a classic character who walks straight and tall like someone from the old west, and the reader knows all will be well once he arrives in town. THE UNQUIET just won't let you put it down as the plot careers across the pages like a runaway train. Excellent!
<i>Independent on Sunday</i>
Parker seeks truth and discovers pain. His sleuthing is fast-packed, which makes THE UNQUIET a thrilling read'
<i>FT Magazine</i>
Connolly's books are shot through with bitter poetry, and couched in prose as elegant as most literary fiction . . . However, all of this is not the overriding reason why Connolly has risen above most of his peers. It's because Connolly's work has raised the stakes, beyond the quotidian concerns of most crime novels, into a grandiose conflict between the forces of good and evil, with religion and the paranormal stirred into the heady brew.'
<i>Independent</i>
Connolly handles the unspeakable with consummate ease
<i>Daily Mirror</i>
There is an element of the supernatural, taking the reader into a place where the real, contemporary world is touched by something from our worst nightmares, and he does it in lyrical, almost poetic language which grips and chills.
<i>Sunday Telegraph</i>
Originality in story and style is what makes Connolly stand out from the thriller pack. THE UNQUIET is plotted and paced not to break your neck, like those of his rivals in the business, but to efficiently crush every bone in your body.
<i>Daily Sport</i>