The Dirty South: Book summary and reviews of The Dirty South by John Connolly

The Dirty South

Charlie Parker #18

by John Connolly

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The Dirty South by John Connolly
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  • Published in USA  Nov 2020
    448 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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The New York Times bestselling author of A Book of Bones and "one of the best thriller writers we have" (Harlan Coben, #1 New York Times bestselling author) goes back to the very beginning of Private Investigator Charlie Parker's astonishing career with his first terrifying case.

It is 1997, and someone is slaughtering young women in Burdon County, Arkansas.

But no one in the Dirty South wants to admit it.

In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child, and searching in vain for their killer. Obsessed with avenging his lost family, his life is about to take a shocking turn.

Witness the dawning of a conscience.

Witness the birth of a hunter.

Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker.

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"Supernatural noir fans will relish Connolly's excellent 18th thriller featuring PI Charlie Parker...Brilliant descriptions of the setting (a lake 'seemed to consume light') enhance this intelligent and subtle suspense novel. Connolly is writing at the top of his game." - Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"This is a story populated with richly described characters, be they honorable or slimy, as well as rich descriptions and dialogue. Fast-moving, witty dialogue helps speed this well-plotted yarn to a dramatic conclusion. A most satisfying read for crime buffs." - Kirkus Reviews

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sharon aikin

Where's the supernatural?
I'm a big fan of John Connolly's, I've read all 17 books and and loved them. I did not care for Dirty South. It did not have a the supernatural element of all his other books and no really nasty villain. I was disappointed. He still is my favorite author.

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John Connolly Author Biography

Mark Condren

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London.  (A dogsbody, for our North American friends, is a 'go-fer'.) He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper. He divides his time between Dublin and Portland, Maine; makes regular donations to the wine industry; and keeps a number of dogs in a remarkable degree of comfort.

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