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The Dirty South: A Thriller (18) (Charlie…

The Dirty South: A Thriller (18) (Charlie Parker) (original 2020; udgave 2020)

af John Connolly (Forfatter)

Serier: Charlie Parker (18)

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"John Connolly returns with a prequel that goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker's astonishing career with his first terrifying case"--
Titel:The Dirty South: A Thriller (18) (Charlie Parker)
Forfattere:John Connolly (Forfatter)
Info:Atria/Emily Bestler Books (2020), 448 pages
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The Dirty South af John Connolly (2020)


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Charlie Parker, retired New York, detective, has gone South to the small town of Cargill, Arkansas. He is a man with a sad past. Driven ever onward in this search for the murderer of his wife Susan and his beloved daughter Jenifer, he is drawn to dark places, where evil dwells and the brutal business of murder is an unwelcome occurrence. The dehumanized bodies of 2 young girls have been exposed, possibly connected to a similar and earlier discovery. The local chief of police Evander Griffin needs a quick resolve to safeguard future investment and development which would ensure the future of this once prosperous community.

For lovers of John Connelly’s brilliant Charlie Parker series this is a prequel with a young detective burdened by the horrors he has witnessed and the great sadness he is doomed forever to carry…..”Either you’re on a crusade said Griffin or you’re trying to find whoever killed your wife and child. My guess is the latter. You’re interested in murders involving mutilation and display, which is what drew you to Cargill”........”Sometimes he believed that he saw them, his lost wife and child. He called glimpses of them in the shadows, or smelled their scent. He conversed with them, and heard their responses. It was not uncommon he knew this conjuring of the dead by the living”.........”he carried himself like someone much older, although that was almost certainly a consequence of all he had endured. He radiated watchfulness without fear, and a self-aware intelligence”.....

An antihero forever doomed to seek out answers to understand the reasoning behind the death of his family, in the hope that it might bring peace but in the knowledge that each day takes him further into the void and the blackness that ultimately awaits him. ( )
  runner56 | Apr 10, 2021 |
In sear ch for killer of his wife and daughter, Parker arrives in the rural fiefdom of Cargill, AK because of unusual sadistice murders of teenage Black girls. Occurs +- years before most novels in the series. ( )
  fwbl | Mar 26, 2021 |
Charlie Parker has resigned from the police force and is crossing the country in search of the killer of his wife and daughter. Having heard of a particularly gruesome murder in small town Cargill, Arkansas, he stops to check it out. Unfortunately, he quickly gets himself on the wrong side of the law and ends up in a police cell overnight. However, the police officer who arrested Parker, on learning his experience as a cop in New York, asks him to help with the investigation. At first, he refuses but he eventually reluctantly agrees to help.

He quickly begins to regret his decision. Cargill is poor and is run by a single family that has a plan to bring back prosperity and the murder of a young Black girl could interfere with this plan. One of the members of the family is the sheriff of the district who has already listed a similar murder as an accident but the police chief is determined to prevent this. As a result, there is a battle for jurisdiction of the murder between the district and the town and Parker quickly finds himself caught in the middle.

I've gotta admit I am a huge fan of the Charlie Parker series by John Connolly and The Dirty South didn't change my mind. It's the 18th in the series but takes the story back to the beginning. As in past books, the characters, both old and new, are well fleshed out with witty dialogue and interesting back stories and the pace is fast but never so much that it distracts from the story. For those who know the series, the usual touch of the supernatural is missing here but that's okay because it's still one cracking good mystery.

Thanks to Netgalley and Atria Books for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review ( )
  lostinalibrary | Mar 2, 2021 |
This was my first John Connolly mystery to read, and you can't argue that he isn't a talented writer. The problem for me was the multitude of characters in the book made it feel like a Game of Thrones sequel, and I just didn't get engaged with the main character Charlie Parker. He is a kind of John Wick type set on revenge but without the style and action. I just kept expecting more character development and fewer characters. ( )
  kerryp | Dec 7, 2020 |
Taking Charlie Parker back to the beginning in the eighteenth book of the series, might seem strange, but it was quite satisfying to know how Parker got involved in helping people solve crimes. If this is your first Charlie Parker book, you will be looking for more. Charlie’s motive for coming to Arkansas might have been revenge, but it is common decency that kept him there. He went to the small backwater town of Cargill looking for similarities between the vicious murder of his wife and daughter and women who were killed in the Cargill area. Of course, there is a whole nest of intrigue and red herrings in the book, but Charlie eventually finds the murderer in a satisfying conclusion. One of the things I liked most about the book was the inclusion of intelligent, well-spoken characters. Yep, there was the nefarious wealthy southern family with their roots in a slave-owning plantation, but Connelly focuses on the present and future of this area not the past. ( )
  brangwinn | Nov 3, 2020 |
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