In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, a case with its roots in old evil, and old evil is private detective Charlie Parker's speciality. But Parker is about to make a descent into the abyss, a confrontation with dark forces that threaten all that Parker holds dear: his lover, his unborn child, even his soul. . .
For in a prison cell, a fanatical preacher is about to take his revenge on Charlie Parker, its instruments the very men that Parker is hunting, and a strange, hunched creature that keeps its own secrets buried by a riverbank: the undiscovered killer Cyrus Nairn. Soon, all of these figures will face a final reckoning in southern swamps and northern forests, in distant locations linked by a single thread, a place where the paths of the living and the dead converge. A place known only as the White Road.
©2002 John Connolly (P)2002 ISIS Publishing Ltd
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I think I have read all of John Connollys ' books ,and have never been disapointed. The White Road is excellent and in keeping with this authors best. His use of the language is first class, his characters whilst complex are interesting, his plots are perhaps deep, but very compete, The Narrator added to the books enjoyment I look forward to further novels
"Spooky stuff going on in South Carolina!"
As usual the quality of John Connolly's writing draws you into this complex episode in the life of Charlie Parker. One word of warning, this series must be read in order these are NOT stand alone stories. The narration was excellent, the range of accents was impressive. I do not want to discuss the storyline for fear of giving away any of the surprises lying in store for the reader, suffice to say that if you are a fan of this series, you will not be disappointed!
"sorry Paul Birchard, bring back Jeff Harding"
no, not even slightly better, and I love the John Connolly tales on audio
it's yet another excellent John Connolly, and a great story about Louis' background, but I only know that because I've read the print version
Something about Paul Birchard's voice just didn't sit with me, I'm pleased he only narrated one of the Charlie Parker books!
I'll keep the book just so I have the full set, but I really can't listen to the narrator, he's stopped me listening to the books until I re-read the print version!
"Supernatural horror raises its head"
Although Bird has seen dead people in dreams, including his wife and child, it is only in this instalment that raw supernatural events take place. Many in dreams but many unexplained rationally. Great plot and hints of Stephen King during the PI story. Looking forward to the next one.
"Slightly disappointed !"
The overall story is a good crime fiction but I found the paranormal element a touch unbelievable and this reduced the grittiness of the storyline for me. I marked the narrator down although he was very good. He wasn't the same narrator as in the previous books in this series and his accent changed the dynamics of the characters. Also it took me a while to realise that Lewis (Louis)was the same person as Looey in the previous books.
Excellent narrator with superb voice control and ability to do accents. Amazing author produces yet another excellent crime thriller with supernatural undertones.
John Connolly is a very fine writer of supernatural thrillers. His plots are always rooted in reality with the supernatural elements carefully interwoven and never dominant, these are supernatural books for those who don't do fantasy! Above his plots and fine writing it is his cast of well drawn and intriguing characters that will draw you to the whole series.
"The White Road"
No complaints with the presentation
This is not the first John Connolly book I have bought so I know there will br violence. However the brutality and sick violence in this book go just too far.
Sadness that these things happen
Not really, just want to return this one
"Slightly supernatural, slightly slow!"
This is a looooooong book that at times feels to be going at a good pace, and sometimes it's incredibly detailed and slightly slow. The plot is good enough, but it could've been told in a much punchier way.
Good fast paced ending that wove the many strands of this story together.
I enjoyed his accent, brought a real authenticity to the book and its location within the story, although I possibly wouldn't choose the same voice for other stories not set in America.
Hmmmmm, yes and no. This is the first time I have chosen this author and I'm used to punchier books although I did appreciate his descriptive style more once I had got used to it. I would try the author again, and then discard if it was more of the same.
This is slightly supernatural but only a teeny tiny hint, so don't base your choice on it, it's 99.9% detective with just a tiny bit of hocus-pocus!
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