After last year’s diversion into the early years of Charlie Parker in The Dirty South, Connolly returns to ‘the present’ with this new novel. This isn’t really a Parker novel as such though – he makes only occasional brief cameo appearances as the book centres on his friends and accomplices Angel and Louis. The story picks up where the epic Book of Bones left off with the murder of their Dutch fixer and confidante and his family by Serbian war criminals. Seeking to avenge his death, Angel and Louis travel to Europe to seek retribution and exact suitable revenge. However, they unexpectedly find that they are also dealing with another being who has attached themselves to the gang, one who is only partly of this world. As usual with this author, the novel is a gripping crime thriller with elements of the horror and supernatural genres cleverly blended into the mix, although the latter elements are rather less prevalent this time around. I really like the way Connolly uses language, with a rather dry sardonic wit colouring his writing and often bringing a wry smile to the reader’s face. This is not really the place to start if you’re a newcomer to this series, but long time fans can dive into this story without fear of disappointment.
Length of Read:Medium
Might appeal to people who enjoyed…
Previous books in this excellent series of crime thrillers with a supernatural twist.
One thing you’ve learned
According to the author’s blog on his website, there’ll be a new Parker novel in 2022.