It’s here at last! Having been delayed from its original April publication date, I can finally report that this is one of those novels that grabs you on page one and keeps you engrossed right until the last line over four hundred and fifty pages later, one of those books that you eke out as you just don’t want it to end. This is actually a prequel to the Charlie Parker series, taking us all the way back to the beginning of his story, back to the deep south of the USA in 1997 in fact. Black women are being gruesomely murdered, but in the incestuous small town in which the tale is set, where money talks, old loyalties run deep and grudges run even deeper still, no-one wants to admit what’s going on. Cover up follows cover up until Parker, mourning the death of his wife and daughter and seeking their killer, stumbles onto the scene. I won’t give away more, but this is an excellent read, one of the best in this long running series. It’s nowhere near the length of last year’s epic Book of Bones, and there’s very little of that book’s supernatural happenings here, but the book is none the worse for that. In fact, this is predominantly a straightforward police murder mystery. It is supremely well crafted though, and if you’re a new reader and want a way into this excellent series then this is most definitely the book for you, while if you’re a long time follower then rest assured you certainly won’t be disappointed either. It will be interesting to see where the series goes from here though.
Length of Read:Long
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Other books in this series, crime thrillers in general, especially with a hint of the supernatural thrown in.
One thing you’ve learned
It was well worth the wait!