I was lucky enough to hear John Connolly speak last week at Waterstones in Piccadilly and the great man signed books for me and my niece. The 13th Charlie Parker novel was inspired by the author seeing the arrest of an elderly war criminal on TV and wondering why an such an old man was handcuffed. The story unfolds as Parker is convalescing in a small seaside town and kicks off with a corpse washed up on the beach. His reputation preceding him, he takes an interest in whether it is a suicide or murder. The story revolves around Nazi war criminals, living their final years in quiet normality and the terrible atrocities that were committed during the last World War as well as the shocking lengths they will go to keep their true identities secret. Regular readers won’t be surprised to learn that Louis and Angel are in the background, as well as other recurring characters. After The Wolf in Winter, this feels like a return to form (not that TWIW was a bad book, just that it felt a bit like taking a breath in the narrative). Connolly has given a couple of new plot lines » Continue Reading.