Reviews of Dark Fiction

The Dirty South by John Connolly

Being the 18th book in the series, but also a prequel of sorts, this novel is quite different from the usual fare.

This time, we’re in Arkansas and Charlie Parker is fresh off the police force, which was kind of by mutual agreement. He’s also relatively fresh off the brutal murder of his wife and daughter. Upon searching for clues in that case, he becomes tangled up in a local murder mystery involving the deaths of three young girls. The local law invites him to stay and assist in their investigation and at first, Parker declines. But upon further thought on his way out of town, he turns back and agrees to help. Will he be able to help track down this brutal killer? You’ll have to read this to find out!

It was hard going back with Charlie so fresh after his heartbreaking losses. His grief feels so real to the reader, I swear I felt my own heart crack. Even this soon after the tragedy though, his eyes and body language speak intensity and violence to whomever he meets. He’s not popular in Burdon County, pretty much right off the bat, and the animosity builds every day he remains in town.

I’m going to leave off the plot, other than a few generalities. There were 2 characters I was hoping to see, and they do make an appearance. Even at that time period, we can see and feel how loyal and how strong of a friendship was formed between them. There were other characters, though, both alive and dead that didn’t make an appearance, and though I noticed that, I did not miss them.

Once again, John Connolly delivers. It’s never just the usual murder mystery with him, but this time, it actually was. There was barely a hint of the supernatural at all. It really doesn’t matter to me at this point. If John Connolly wrote it, I’ll read it and tell everyone about it!

My highest recommendation!

*Thank you to Atria, NetGalley and the author for the e-ARC in exchange for my honest feedback. This is it!*

The Dirty South
Charlie Parker #18
John Connolly
Atria/Emily Bestler

“Brilliant...Connolly is writing at the top of his game.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review

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.

2 thoughts on “The Dirty South by John Connolly”

  1. I’ve never read a Connelly novel, but have been wanting to break into them. Heard an interview with him recently about this book (well, they mentioned it a couple of times). As it’s a prequel, is this a good way to jump on, or should I start w/book 1?

    (my first comment on your snazzy new digs!)

    1. Thanks for checking out my site! I would recommend reading them in order. This one is atypical because there are no real hints of the supernatural as there in most of the other books. I hope that you and yours are doing well!

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