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The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker Series #10)

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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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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 September 6, 2011

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    Great Thriller That Will Keep You on Your Toes

    The story begins with the disappearance of a 14 year old girl from a mall. But we soon learn that Randall Haight along with a friend, Lonny, killed a 14 year old girl. Randall and Lonny did 18 years in prison but were offered that chance to start new when they got out with new identities.

    Randall has been living quietly in Pastor's Bay as a reclusive accountant. But someone has learned about his past and is starting to send him pictures and video. Charlie is asked by Randall's attorney to find out who is blackmailing him. But Charlie thinks there is more to Randall's story then he is being told. Plus there is a little girl that needs to be found, hopefully alive.

    This is the 10th Charlie Parker mystery from John Connolly. I have to admit that I didn't know what to expect since this is the first book in this series that I have read. I have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. There was a really good story with lots of twists and turns. I kind of figured out the end, but it was still really good.

    But there are a couple things that I did not agree with. There is a short jaunt where these two guys save a 14 year old girl from prostitution, which I cannot figure out why it was even in the book. The other thing that got to me was the fact that the story dragged on and on with all the description. Don't get me wrong, it made the book really vibrant but it also made the story longer than it needed to be.

    This is one book that I recommend people read if they like mysteries. I even started getting other books in this story so I can start from the beginning.

    I received this book free from Simon & Schuster Galley Grab.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2014

    A winner

    Unexpectedly beautiful writing for a mystery novel.

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