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The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker Series #10)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

7 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

a superb mystery

In Pastor's Bay, Maine Randall Haight consults with attorney Aimee Price over unsigned threatening letters he receives in the mail at a time when fourteen years old Anna Kore vanished from a strip mall. The anonymous author knows who Randall was. When he was fourteen ...
In Pastor's Bay, Maine Randall Haight consults with attorney Aimee Price over unsigned threatening letters he receives in the mail at a time when fourteen years old Anna Kore vanished from a strip mall. The anonymous author knows who Randall was. When he was fourteen years old William Lagenheimer and a buddy raped and killed a teenage African-American girl. He was convicted and did time. Upon his release, the state court granted him a new identity.

Aimee persuades private investigator Charlie Parker to look into who the pen pal is and if the timing is deliberate to make Haight the suspect in the Kore case. Although Charlie detests doing anything for a rapist-killer, he begins his inquiry into Haight's claims of being a victim, a town without pity horrific heritage and the Kore clan's bloody secrets.

The latest Charlie Parker investigation (see The Whisperers) is a superb mystery as readers will understand troubled Parker's self flagellation as he realizes perhaps too late his arrogance could harm the abductee. The story line starts slow but a few chapters in accelerates into a terrific running out of clock thriller with a great late twist as Parker and law enforcement know each hour a kidnap victim remains a captive means it is less likely finding the person alive. Readers will appreciate Parker's doubts as he wonders if he is doing more harm than good.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on August 24, 2011

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Good - but not his best!

I've been a fan of the Charlie Parker novels written by John Connolly for years. "The Burning Soul" was entertaining and many of the great characters created by Connolly in this series made an appearance in the novel. However, the story did slow down a bit for me at tim...
I've been a fan of the Charlie Parker novels written by John Connolly for years. "The Burning Soul" was entertaining and many of the great characters created by Connolly in this series made an appearance in the novel. However, the story did slow down a bit for me at times, and I had to do some backtracking to keep up with the plot. If you are new to this series, this probably isn't the best novel to start with. Go back to some of the earlier stories like "The Reapers" to get a better appreciation for this author's work.

posted by j_hurst on November 1, 2011

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  • Posted November 1, 2011

    Good - but not his best!

    I've been a fan of the Charlie Parker novels written by John Connolly for years. "The Burning Soul" was entertaining and many of the great characters created by Connolly in this series made an appearance in the novel. However, the story did slow down a bit for me at times, and I had to do some backtracking to keep up with the plot. If you are new to this series, this probably isn't the best novel to start with. Go back to some of the earlier stories like "The Reapers" to get a better appreciation for this author's work.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2014

    Typical Connolly story.

    Not having read John Connolly for a long time, I had forgotten how long winded he could be with his descriptions and mind wanderings. So I skipped over some to get on with the story which was interesting but a bit boring at times. So many players. I would never figured this one out.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 13, 2013

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    The story takes a while to get going. It's really only the last

    The story takes a while to get going. It's really only the last 100 pages that are interesting and suspenseful. if you're new to the Charlie Parker series then this is not the book you want to start with.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2012

    Good but not one of Connolly's best

    Rather tame for Charlie Parker novel.

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