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By John Connolly. 2003
In his fourth thriller, international bestselling author John Connolly once again takes readers into the dark world of private detective…Charlie Parker, whose deadly fight against evil begins when the daughter of a South Carolina millionaire is raped and murdered.In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, a case with its roots in old evil, and old evil is private detective Charlie Parker's speciality. But Parker is about to enter a living nightmare, a red dreamscape haunted by the murderous spectre of a hooded woman, by a black car waiting for a passenger that never comes, and by the complicity of both friends and enemies in the events surrounding Marianne Larousse's death. This is not an investigation. This is a descent into the abyss, a confrontation with dark forces that threaten all that Parker holds dear: his lover, his unborn child, even his soul... For in a prison cell far to the north, an old adversary is about to take his revenge on Charlie Parker, its instruments the very men that Parker is hunting, and a strange, hunched creature that keeps its own secrets buried by a riverbank: the undiscovered killer Cyrus Nairn. Soon, all of these figures will face a final reckoning in southern swamps and northern forests, in distant locations linked by a single thread, a place where the paths of the living and the dead converge. A place known only as the White Road.
By John Connolly. 2001
His two previous novels, Every Dead Thing and Dark Hollow, were international bestsellers. Now the "compulsively readable" (Publishers Weekly) John…Connolly confirms his position as one of our leading crime novelists with a story of superb menace and style. The body of Grace Peltier, a brilliant Ph.D. candidate, is found in the front seat of her car on a back road in northern Maine. No one wants to believe it was suicide -- not her father, not former U.S. senator Jack Mercier, and not private detective Charlie Parker, who has been hired to investigate the young woman's untimely death. But when a mass grave is accidentally discovered nearby, revealing the grim truth behind the disappearance of a religious community known as the Aroostook Baptists, Parker realizes that their deaths and the violent passing of Grace Peltier are part of the same mystery, one that has its roots in her family history and in the origins of the shadowy organization known as the Fellowship. Soon Parker is drawn into the dark world of this zealous religious group that has already consumed every person who has dared confront it. When a relic is discovered, one capable of linking the Fellowship to the slaughter of the Aroostook Baptists, Parker is forced into violent conflict with the Fellowship and its enigmatic leader. Haunted by the ghost of a small boy and tormented by the demonic killer known as Mr. Pudd, Parker is forced to fight for his lover, his friends...and his very soul. "This is a honeycomb world. It hides a hollow heart," writes John Connolly. In The Killing Kind, he has once again created a world of love and hate, of tenderness and violence. Hailed by critics as "one of the best of the genre" (Toronto Sun), his intense, poetic prose and his terrifying clan of characters are sure to thrill even the most discerning suspense reader.
By John Connolly. 2007
But that is the nature of revenge. It escalates. It cannot be controlled. One hurt invites another, on and on…until the original injury is all but forgotten in the chaos of what follows. John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is not yet written. Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has gone missing. His daughter insists that he killed himself after allegations surfaced that he had betrayed his patients to foul and evil men -- but when a killer obsessed with uncovering the truth behind his own daughter's disappearance comes seeking revenge, long-forgotten secrets begin to emerge. Hired by Dr. Clay's daughter to protect her from the predator on the loose, tortured and ingenious private detective Charlie Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth to be revealed and those who will go to any length to keep it hidden. John Connolly masterfully intertwines secret lives and secret sins with the violence that so often lies beneath the surface of the honeycomb world in this gripping page-turner. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and elegantly written, The Unquiet is John Connolly at his chilling best.
By John Connolly. 2002
To those who have been forsaken, hell has no geography. The Black Angel begins with the disappearance of a young…prostitute from one of New York City's seamiest neighborhoods. Like so many tormented souls before her, the girl's mother is inevitably drawn to Charlie Parker's doorstep desperate for redemption and revenge. Despite the danger that his chosen profession imposes on his wife and newborn daughter, Parker knows that the woman and her troubles cannot be ignored. As always, he is driven as much by the evil that simmers in the hidden honeycomb world as he is by the ties of friendship and blood. As Parker gets closer to the girl's captors, he discovers that her disappearance is linked to a church of bones in Eastern Europe, to the slaughter at a French monastery in 1944, and to the myth of an object known as the Black Angel -- an object considered by evil men to be beyond priceless. But the Black Angel is not a legend. It is real. It lives. It dreams. And the mystery of its existence may contain the secret of Parker's own origins.
By Lisa Black. 2021
Called out to investigate a suspected suicide in a luxury high-rise apartment, forensic scientist Theresa MacLean only just escapes with…her life when the building is blown to smithereens. An accident – or something more sinister? A mostly empty block of trendy apartments in downtown Cleveland seems an unlikely terrorist target. The following day, Theresa is examining another suspected suicide in a wealthy neighbourhood when the cop accompanying her is shot dead by an unseen assailant. Could the two events be connected? As Theresa painstakingly pieces the clues she uncovers evidence of a dark secret in the murdered cop’s past.
By Lisa Black. 2021
Forensic scientist Theresa MacLean stumbles across a murder rather too close for comfort when she returns to the Medical Examiner’s…office following a late-night call to find one deskman missing and the other beaten to death. Written in blood above the dead man’s head is a single word: ‘Confess’. It’s the first time a homicide has taken place actually within the ME’s office. Medical Examiner Stone works on how to spin the news while Theresa works the scene. When a second victim is discovered, Theresa uncovers a link to the death of another co-worker, records secretary Diane Allman, who was murdered in her own home ten years before. As she painstakingly pieces the clues together, Theresa realizes that she has become an integral part of a ruthless killer’s murderous agenda. And if she is to survive, she must find out what really happened to Diane all those years ago.
By Robert Newman. 1981
Famous archaeologist Lord Somerville leads a quiet life behind high walls, but is he keeping something out--or in? Things are…looking up for Peter Wyatt. Now promoted to inspector and in possession of his own office, the sharp young detective is giving Andrew Tillet a tour of Scotland Yard when they run into an old friend--someone who Andrew is surprised to see again the next morning talking to police in front of Lord Somerville's villa. He's even more surprised a week later, when he learns that this man has been murdered. Andrew and the fearless Sara Wiggins are determined to find out what's inside the mysterious villa. With the help of Sara's acting skills and a young French chimney sweep named Pierre, the sleuths begin to piece together the clues, which point to blackmail and a family secret . . . one that someone is willing to kill to conceal.
By Carol Dean Jones. 2020
Senior sleuth Sarah Miller takes center stage when quilting, country music, and murder combine in a crafty mystery that includes…a bonus quilting pattern.When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a love interest. The highly anticipated eleventh installment of this series of cozy mysteries begins with an appearance from Austin Bailey, renowned country singer—but before his concert can get off the ground, a young girl is murdered, and Sarah and her feisty cohort are hot on the case!
By Robert Newman. 1987
It's one thing to be interested in history--it's another to thing to make it Andrew Tillet is just looking out…for a younger classmate when he gets pulled into a heroic scheme--a mission to return an abducted boy to his heartbroken mother. Andrew and his friend Christopher carry out their mission perfectly, but Andrew has curious mixed feelings about several details. The next day, he's still thinking things over when police arrive at school with news that a local child has been kidnapped, and suddenly it's clear there's been a terrible mistake. Andrew, Christopher, Sara, Inspector Peter Wyatt, and even Verna Tillet will put their heads together to follow the trail all the way back to London's highest social circles, to reunite a child with his real mother . . . and maybe save a country or two while they're at it.
By Robert Newman. 1978
A mysterious, broken-nosed cabby, a beautiful actress, and a villainous art heist have one thing in common--but the only one…man who knows what it is has methods that are a little, shall we say . . . irregular Late Victorian London: home to gas streetlights, bands of ragged urchins, and now, young Andrew Craigie, who recently arrived from a tiny Cornwall village with his stern guardian, Mr. Dennison. At first the city feels dark and unwelcoming, but just around the corner is bustling Baker Street, where Andrew meets his first friend, Sara. Before long, London becomes downright interesting. But things get a little too exciting one night when Mr. Dennison doesn't come home, and suddenly Andrew is on his own. Whom can he turn to in a strange city? Frantic, he goes to the tall, pipe-smoking, hat-wearing man at 221B, a man who Sara says is a famous detective--a man named Mr. Holmes.
By Carol Dean Jones. 2019
A new neighbor and her suspicious foster son keep a senior sleuth on her toes in this mystery by the…author of Tattered & Torn. Quilt pattern included!When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. The tenth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries contains a new friend, trunks full of vintage fabric, credit card fraud, a budding romance, and murder—and Sarah and her friends are at the center of it all.
By Robert Newman. 1983
Andrew and Sara can never escape a mystery--not even in New York City Verna Tillet's new play is taking the…American stage by storm, and that means young investigators Andrew Tillet and Sara Wiggins have traded London carriage rides for the rattling excitement of New York City's elevated railway. Affectionately known as the El, it stretches from the Bronx to the tip of the Battery and shows them a whole slice of vibrant city life. All that's missing is their friend Inspector Peter Wyatt, who's about to arrive for what he says is a simple holiday. But when a crane load of cargo nearly flattens Andrew and Sara at the docks, it looks like someone in New York has other plans for them.
By Robert Newman. 1986
Turning up missing is better than turning up dead Inspector Peter Wyatt is out of town. This is inconvenient, because…something is terribly wrong with Andrew Tillet and Sara Wiggins's friend, antiquities dealer Baron Beasley--and he refuses to see a doctor or speak to anyone except Wyatt. A large man with usually-rosy cheeks and a fondness for exotic delicacies, Beasley now looks like a shadow of himself and can't be coaxed out of bed. To Sara and Andrew, Beasley doesn't look sick as much as deathly frightened--which is even more worrisome. What could possibly have driven the robust man into this state? Is it connected to a strange artifact he recently acquired that seems to have disappeared from his shop? Only Beasley knows, and he's not telling--in fact, he's disappeared from his room. Andrew and Sara race to find him, throwing themselves into their most dangerous case yet.
By Robert Newman. 1982
From the ancient sewers of London to the heights of a barren attic prison, Andrew and Sara race to uncover…a wicked plot Though he's usually more of a cricket fan, Andrew Tillet would never miss a chance to see American baseball played in London--especially not in the company of his best friends, Sara Wiggins and Inspector Peter Wyatt. And of course it's nice to bump into Wyatt's charming sister-in-law, Harriet, on their way home. When Harriet disappears with nothing but a cryptic note left behind, Wyatt doesn't seem as concerned as Andrew and Sara think he should be. And when someone else disappears, someone even closer to Wyatt, the clock starts ticking down.
By Rodman Philbrick, Lynn Harnett. 1995
Two children face the terrors of a house that wants them dead Can Jason and Sally survive the evil spirits…in the house on Cherry Street until their parents return? Jason looks for clues to the house's mysterious history--especially the "accidental" fall that killed Bobby, the ghost who still fears his terrifying nanny and whose body was never found. Maybe if Jason and his sister can right the wrongs of the past, the house will no longer be haunted. But that means they'll have to go back inside . . .
By Robert Newman. 1980
Sherlock Holmes isn't the only detective in London--Andrew Tillet and Sara Wiggins at your service! Andrew Tillet can hardly believe…his luck. Only one year ago he landed in London completely unaware of his real name and identity, or that his mother was the beautiful and accomplished actress Verna Tillet. Now that he and Verna have been reunited and Sara and her family are well provided for, it seems like all their dreams are coming true. But no amount of good fortune can spoil Andrew and Sara's taste for adventure, and when they run across an unusually observant policeman named Constable Wyatt, they have a feeling they'll be seeing him again. When they do, it's sooner than expected. The fabulous Denham diamonds have been stolen from Verna Tillet's own bedroom, and Andrew, Sara, and Constable Wyatt jump on the case. But how did the thief get into the second-floor window without a ladder? When Andrew and Sara find a fresh corpse on their lawn one night, only for it to disappear before the police arrive, can they convince anyone to follow the clues and recover the jewels before it's too late?
By Carol Dean Jones. 2019
An antique quilt entangles a senior sleuth in foul play in this mystery from the author of Missing Memories. Bonus…quilt pattern included! When sixty-eight-year-old Sarah Miller moves into the Cunningham Village retirement community, she is mourning the loss of her husband, her young grandson, and the place that has been home for forty-two years. But Sarah is a survivor. As she reaches out into the retirement community that is to become home, she finds friends, activities, new hobbies, and a possible love interest. The ninth installment of this fun, friendly series of cozy mysteries draws together a tattered quilt, an exhaustive search through the past, a murder suspect, and a grand jury hearing into a compelling mystery.
By Robert Newman. 1985
Special effects might look like magic to the audience, but there's always someone behind a curtain pulling the strings Someone…is targeting the best actresses in London, and the only way to keep Verna Tillet safe is to keep her off the stage until Andrew Tillet, Sara Wiggins, and Inspector Peter Wyatt can find out who the deadly killer is. But Andrew's mother isn't going to like being kept in the dark, and with a mysterious criminal mastermind set to take over London's sordid underworld, Wyatt has his hands full already. For extra help, the intrepid sleuths turn to their friend Baron Beasley, a gentle giant of a man whose job as an antiquities dealer provides plenty of opportunities to meet people from every level of London society--including a colorful reformed safecracker. They'll all have to work together to solve the case before time runs out . . . and the killer turns his attention to Verna.
By Robert Newman. 1984
Blink once for yes, twice for no, and three times for murder Sometimes it seems like all the boys at…school know about Andrew Tillet's friendship with Inspector Peter Wyatt of Scotland Yard. Mostly it's a little embarrassing, but when Andrew's classmate Cortland makes a very strange request, it becomes handy to have friends who can launch an official investigation . . . as well as ones who work in more unofficial ways. Cortland thinks there's something not quite right about his grandfather's poor health, but they'll have to get the old man out from under the watchful eye of Dr. Thurlow before they can be sure. This calls for another ingenious scheme . . . and for keen-minded Inspector Wyatt to connect a retired admiral to a high-level intelligence leak. Someone is not above committing treason--or murder--and has no intention of going quietly.
By Nancy Springer. 2003
The gruesome murder of a popular high school student turns two small-town neighbors against each other Aaron Gingrich is a…well-liked high school senior who always seems to have a smile on his face. He and Jeremy Davis have been inseparable since elementary school. But one day Jeremy senses that something is wrong at Aaron's house--and then Aaron is found brutally murdered. Reeling from the loss of his friend, Jeremy has no one to turn to. His small town is suddenly abuzz with grisly rumors, and Jeremy was the last person to see Aaron alive. Subjected to polygraph tests, ostracized by the whole community, and treated like a criminal, Jeremy knows he needs to go to the police. Meanwhile the killer still walks free--closer than anyone can imagine. And no one but Jeremy suspects the truth.