A Song of Shadows
Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to regain his strength. There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda. But Ruth has her secrets. She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubsko and a concentration camp unlike any other. Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins. Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for her.
His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.
But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.
For something is emerging from the shadows . . .
John produced a fifth collection of songs, "Shadows," as a companion to A Song of Shadows. Read more about it here.
A Song of Shadows is also available as an audiobook read by Jeff Harding. US listeners can download the audiobook from iTunes or Audible, and UK readers can order it from Isis Soundings. Listen to an excerpt here:
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"A Song of Shadows, blending the language of myth and New Testament into a hard-boiled tale, marks a significant shift in Parker's metamorphosis into an explicitly Christ-like figure . . . a fabulous piece of work from one of contemporary fiction's great storytellers."
—The Irish Times (read the full review)
"Nobody has a finer finesse with fear than Connolly . . . his work has a poetic Gothic touch with a devilish twinkle in its eye."
—Peterborough Telegraph Book of the Week (read the full review)
"Beautifully written as always, Connolly's latest and very worthy addition to the Parker canon, piles thrill upon thrill while uncovering some uncomfortable truths."
—The Irish Independent (read the full review)
"A Song of Shadows marks an ideal starting point for newcomers to the series . . . As ever, Connolly creates an unsettling atmosphere with a few well-chosen words, and the final chapters set up some potentially highly volatile encounters in the books to come."
—Sci-Fi Bulletin (read the full review)
"The ongoing mythology of the series takes a huge step with very few words in this installment . . . beautifully written, literary genius and without doubt my favourite series in the history of the world ever."
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Atria Books, US & Canada hardcover, Summer 2015
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, April 2015, ISBN: 978-1444751482