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Publisher's Summary

It is 1999, 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. 

©2020 Bad Dog Books Limited (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Ltd

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Brilliant in Scope and Execution

Enjoyed this, my first book of John Connolly, hugely. It is Dickensian in ambition, presenting what appears to be an accurate depiction of a poor county in Arkansas in America's South with the interplay of power, poverty, race amid day-to-day living.
John Connolly, a Dubliner, lived in Arkansas for a while to do the background research and it shows in the many authentic details inserted.
He writes well-crafted English, and does dialogue smoothly with a lovely sarcastic touch. The story is constructed tightly and moves along at a rapid pace. The whole book is a page-turner but I found the large crowd of characters hard to commit to memory. Listened more than once - fortunately the enjoyment was just as great the second time around. This is a top-class work in its genre.
Outstanding narration by Jeff Harding. Overall, a great listening experience and introduction to John Connolly. I want more.

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  • Len
  • 29-08-2020

Absolutely terrible

Even Jeff Harding does a terrible job on this load of drivel, he sounds sarcastic throughout the entire book, cant say I blame him, it goes back and forth between uninteresting characters, I wrote a scathing review about the previous book and this one is even worse. Appalling book, dont waste your credit. Too disappointing to even bother going further indepth with this review.

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team work

love listening to Jeff Harding and the stories of the South always keep me interested....

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  • Rita
  • 05-01-2021

As usual, a very good Charlie Parker story.

I'm a big fan of John Connolly and Jeff Harding. In my opinion, "The Dirty South" isn't the best in the series, but I enjoyed it a lot. Jeff Harding's performance is outstanding, as usual. The story gives us an interesting insight of Charlie Parker before is appearance in "Every Dead Thing".

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  • Saki Bergh
  • 30-08-2020

Fantastic! One of the best in the series

Just what Charlie Parker needed. A reminder of who he was, where he came from and why he has been doing, throughout all the books, what he does

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  • sharon keogh
  • 25-08-2020

Amazing

Another Amazing story that takes you on a journey to Charlie Parkers past . .

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  • Koz
  • 20-08-2020

excellent as expected

A brilliant prequel to the Charlie Parker saga and regular readers wont be disappointed. Its good to get a look at what forces created the character we've all come to love with the subtle presence of the supernatural hanging around him like a cloak. very enjoyable and finished in two sittings.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-2020

Enjoyable audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook, I have read and listened to all the Charlie Parker series, I did think John Connolly was about to retire the detective but he is back to his best, read by Jeff Harding who is superb as usual, I’m sure everyone who follows the series will enjoy this book, looking forward to the next; seem to be growing older together

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  • WightWriter
  • 01-09-2020

Not the best Charlie Parker story

I was so excited to order this book but have to say I'm a little disappointed with it. The book was enjoyable enough and as ever it's beautifully read, but I felt cheated out of knowing the next part of the Charlie Parker story, I want to move forwards not backwards.

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  • Colin Andrews
  • 04-02-2021

loved it

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Gives a little more on Parker and his growing relationship with Louis and Angel.

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  • charles fitzpatrick
  • 26-01-2021

Just to long.

Good story but very long,far to long. Fifteen hours twenty two minutes.I was fed up with it long before the end.It went over things again and again and was boring at times.

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  • Mr. A. D. Cresswell
  • 02-01-2021

Charlie Parker

A fantastic series of books with great characters which are brilliantly narrated and this one is no exception.

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  • a m wrightson
  • 01-01-2021

Neat & good insert into the early Parker timeline.

Well researched & well told, a satisfying yarn that fits credibly into the Parker sequence.

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  • G J R
  • 16-11-2020

The Best John Connelly ever.

A truly amazing artist and craftsman. He has left a work of art in my mind's eye and I get to see it now every day. If there is just ONE book you read or listen to before the end of the year it should be this one.

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  • Sazzle H
  • 27-10-2020

Love John Connolly, Hate this narrator!

Every time he did a female or gay characters voice it made me cringe. I hope this narrator isn’t used again for John Connolly’s books or I’ll have to go back to my kindle! I persevered this time but it was painful.

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