A Song of Shadows



[Reading] ➷ A Song of Shadows By John Connolly – E17streets4all.co.uk Grievously wounded, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World WarBroken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Grievously wounded, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a A Song MOBI :ò Nazi concentration camp during the Second World WarBroken, but undeterred, private detective Charlie Parker faces the darkest of dark forces in a case with its roots in the second world war, and a concentration camp unlike any otherRecovering from a near fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda But Ruth has her secrets She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for herHis enemies believe him to be vulnerable Fearful SolitaryBut they are wrong Parker is far from afraid, and far from aloneFor something is emerging from the shadows.A Song of Shadows

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in and has, at various points in A Song MOBI :ò his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London 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, to which he continues to contribute He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United StatesThis page is administered by John s assistant, Clair, on John s behalf If you d like to communicate with John directly, you can do so by writing to contact at johnconnollybooks, or by following him on Twitter at JConnollyBooks Librarian Note There isthan one author in the GoodReads database with this name See other authors with similar names.

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    A Song of Shadows PDF ï A Song MOBI :ò a concentration camp unlike any otherRecovering from a near fatal shooting and tormented by memories of a world beyond this one, Parker has retreated to the small Maine town of Boreas to recover There he befriends a widow named Ruth Winter and her young daughter, Amanda But Ruth has her secrets She is hiding from the past, and the forces that threaten her have their origins in the Second World War, in a town called Lubko and a concentration camp unlike any other Old atrocities are about to be unearthed, and old sinners will kill to hide their sins Now Parker is about to risk his life to defend a woman he barely knows, one who fears him almost as much as she fears those who are coming for herHis enemies believe him to be vulnerable Fearful SolitaryBut they are wrong Parker is far from afraid, and far from aloneFor something is emerging from the shadows."/>
  • Kindle Edition
  • 449 pages
  • A Song of Shadows
  • John Connolly
  • English
  • 13 August 2019

10 thoughts on “A Song of Shadows

  1. says:

    I ve been a fan of the Charlie Parker thrillers since the beginning John Connolly works in a genre of one They can be very dark and explore the sometimes blurry edges of right and wrong, but I m a fan.

  2. says:

    Easily the best Charlie Parker book since The Lovers 8 It was, for me, a perfectly balanced Parker book mystery, the supernatural, vengeance, visceral horror, intellectual horror, and, surprisingly, a nice amount of dry humor There s a bit where the Falci Brothers pick Parker up that had me giggling But most of it was witty asides seriously who makes jokes about the Reformation Pastor s here, she said And Father Knowles Bloom turned to see the two men waiting at a polite distanc Easily the best Charlie Parker book since The Lovers 8 It was, for me, a perfectly balanced Parker book mystery, the supernatural, vengeance, visceral horror, intellectual horror, and, surprisingly, a nice amount of dry humor There s a bit where the Falci Brothers pick Parker up that had me giggling But most of it was witty asides seriously who makes jokes about the Reformation Pastor s here, she said And Father Knowles Bloom turned to see the two men waiting at a polite distance She could see only one car, though They must have decided to travel together Martin Luther would have had an embolism I can t honestly say Connolly s writing surpasses expectations, because my expectations for what he is able to do are quite high In this book, Parker is recooperating in a house by the seashore, and we get to experience the salty air and cold sand of a late spring beach It s a small town not a village, mind you so we experience the bookstore, the cafe, the police station naturally , pieces of the public life.The plot is one that could have been loaded with triggers, but is handled, in my estimation, with sophistication and nuance The levity I mentioned is needed, because the plot ends up involving issues surrounding Nazis I was appropriately exposed to just some of the horrors of Nazism in school, and I find the way that it has been used as a construct of evil in much of popular culture to be offensive in simplification and omnipresence Part of the discussion is the value of prosecuting war crimes, as well sharing one of the lesser known war time Nazi crimes Baulman took an instant dislike to Ross He had the eyes of one who was never disappointed because his expectations of humanity were too low to allow for it Interestingly, narrative is rarely from Parker s point of view, but that works out just fine State Trooper Walsh makes an appearance for a bit as does Sam, Parker s daughter a neighbor girl, Amanda the local Realtor a couple of people whom we know from the start are villains the local police chief and so on Somehow, though this technique usually drives me to distraction, the story managed to retain front and center.Just an excellent installment in the series, but as always I d say this is not the place to begin you could start at The Lovers, which does have Parker s parents backstory This series is really built on Parker s development and to pick it up at a random point misses a lot of the nuance that makes it so meaningful Rachael kissed him on the cheek, and the affection of the gesture filled him with a tender sadness The night before was lost to them now It had been a small consecration, a minor epiphany, and nothan that, but sometimes such moments are all that we are given, and they are enough to fuel us, and give us hope that, somewhere down the line, another might be gifted

  3. says:

    Charlie Parker has through his lawyer Aimee Price rented a house in Boreas to spend some time away to recover from the ordeal that almost cost him his life in the last book But soon darkness will fall upon the peaceful little town of Boreas and a dead body will wash ashore on the beach at Mason Point The police think it s suicide, but Charlie Parker suspects something is amiss with the case Also, his neighbor, a mother with and daughter also new to the town, seems to be hiding something Why Charlie Parker has through his lawyer Aimee Price rented a house in Boreas to spend some time away to recover from the ordeal that almost cost him his life in the last book But soon darkness will fall upon the peaceful little town of Boreas and a dead body will wash ashore on the beach at Mason Point The police think it s suicide, but Charlie Parker suspects something is amiss with the case Also, his neighbor, a mother with and daughter also new to the town, seems to be hiding something Why did she move to the town The Charlie Parker series is one of my favorite series and when I started to read this book I took my time reading it because I really wanted to prolong the reading experience Usually, I try to read a book fast, but there are some books that I feel I don t want to rush.Charlie Parker is recovering from the attack at his home that almost killed him He has rented a house close to Brook House Clinic for rehabilitation He has no inclination to investigate anything He is just trying to get well, but faith has other plans and soon he must once again go against those who want to do harm But he isn t alone, he has his old friends Angel and Louis by his side Now he must face some real monster, monsters that for the last decades has been hiding in plain sightThis is a dark story, but there are some lighter moments like the Fulci brothers making an appearance or the banter between Angel and Louis Sweet moments between Charlie and his daughter Sam, who is muchlike Charlie than he knows when it comes to the paranormal stuff surrounding him And, here we have an aspect that I really like about this series, the paranormal part is what makes this series something a bitspecial The paranormal part is subtle and I love it It s part of Charlie s life, his dead daughter and wife are still with him and I think it adds an extra flavor to the series This could be an excellent series even without the paranormal part, but with it it s even better I think.I loved the book and I m looking forward to reading the next one to see what Charlie Parker will take on after this.I received this copy from Atria Emily Bestler Books through Edelweiss in return for an honest review Thank you

  4. says:

    Now Available in the U.S I loved this book Charlie Parker is recovering from near fatal injuries and as such, is reflecting on his life and the decisions he has made Rehabilitating at a house in Boreas, Maine he becomes interested in a body that washes up at a nearby beach and so begins this story which I ll call Charlie and the Nazis.The portions of the book that I loved best, other than the always entertaining Angel, Louis and Fulci Brothers , were the parts regarding Charlie s daughters Now Available in the U.S I loved this book Charlie Parker is recovering from near fatal injuries and as such, is reflecting on his life and the decisions he has made Rehabilitating at a house in Boreas, Maine he becomes interested in a body that washes up at a nearby beach and so begins this story which I ll call Charlie and the Nazis.The portions of the book that I loved best, other than the always entertaining Angel, Louis and Fulci Brothers , were the parts regarding Charlie s daughters Series followers are already familiar with Jennifer and Sam but this book reveals that Sam has a secret, a dangerous one, and I cannot wait to find outabout where it comes from and how it is to be used Jennifer made a promise to Charlie in The Wolf in Winter and in this volume, she keeps her promise Charlie s girls hold sway over his emotions and I think Connolly s writing shines brightest when dealing with Parker s feelings toward them.In short, this is yet another hit from Mr Connolly We ve got a damaged Charlie, two daughters, Nazis, Nazi hunters, concentration camp survivors and all the old standbys including Cambion and The Collector Everything you love about this series is here, plus some.A Song of Shadows receives my highest recommendation To fans of truly excellent writing, crime thrillers, mysteries and horror, go get yourself some new Charlie Parker at the end of this month You won t regret it Available in the U.S September 29, 2015 I received a free e ARC of this book from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review

  5. says:

    I have loved every book I have read by this author okay I am a BIG fan but this has to be the best yet Just about every character who matters makes an appearance especially Louis and Angel who are personal favourites of mine At number thirteen in the series you could be forgiven for thinking that Connolly might be running out of ideas but instead he has come up with a whole new scenario which promises even better things to come And if you are a reader of this series you know I don t use the I have loved every book I have read by this author okay I am a BIG fan but this has to be the best yet Just about every character who matters makes an appearance especially Louis and Angel who are personal favourites of mine At number thirteen in the series you could be forgiven for thinking that Connolly might be running out of ideas but instead he has come up with a whole new scenario which promises even better things to come And if you are a reader of this series you know I don t use the term things lightly Charlie has a new purpose in life and as for Sam. well read it and see I absolutely cannot wait for number fourteen

  6. says:

    You don t have to stay, she told the dead daughter I m here now I ll keep him safe A Song of Shadows is the thirteenth in the Charlie Parker series which has long been my favourite and a new release is in my eyes a prominent day in any literary calendar.Now the series as a whole generally comes down to two types of books, you have the ones that bounce ahead in Charlie s story arc and you have the ones that step sideways, usually a highly entertaining break but doesn t really progress towa You don t have to stay, she told the dead daughter I m here now I ll keep him safe A Song of Shadows is the thirteenth in the Charlie Parker series which has long been my favourite and a new release is in my eyes a prominent day in any literary calendar.Now the series as a whole generally comes down to two types of books, you have the ones that bounce ahead in Charlie s story arc and you have the ones that step sideways, usually a highly entertaining break but doesn t really progress toward where we all want to get to More recently The Burning Soul and The Whisperers spring to mind.So which does A Song of Shadows fit into, well I d have to say for the main part it s a step sideways but there s a couple of extremely significant events regarding Charlie s family, specifically his daughters Yes both of them, the start of an absolutely chilling relationship that adds another major plot line, not that this series is in dire need ofdarkness and shadow but itsintrigue on top of everything else Past friends like Epstein the rabbi and his beautiful guardian, The Collector and Cambion the Leper all make brief but substantial appearances, it s all here and those players are not even the primary source of danger The story well it s all about recovery and rehabilitation as Charlie fights to get back to his former self after the injuries sustained in the last outing He picks Boreas to anchor down in and Charlie is of course a gravitational pull to all that is dark and evil in this world and that s what makes him immensely popular with anyone able to pass breath and delve into his completely enslaving life It s not all darkness, of course there is the usual humour around the Fulci s, Angel and Louis all mixed with considerable menace Take the slow driving Louis and the exasperated Angel You want me to get out and walk in front with a red flag Yeah, would you Then I could run you over You couldn t accelerate fast enough to run me over By the time you got up to speed, I d have died of old age Charlie befriends a widow in the house next door and a new case practically jumps out of the closet at him, one with its origins going all the way back to the Second World War and the atrocities surrounding a particularly horrific concentration camp This did result in excessive information dumps about the Nazi s, their ill gotten gains and fight to stay hidden under the radar, which diverted focus away from where you really want to be You can easily live with that, however because the stories are exceptional.This is all about Charlie and his daughters though, an excitingly dark twist to his future, tense, fraught with trepidation, and hats off to the direction John Connolly s now taking us in Dark and Malevolent as ever but the ghosts of his past combine furtively with the things most precious in his life and its gripping The detective s relationship with his daughter was a construct of great complexity, of nuance and shadow He could never see as much of her as he might have wished, and yet curiously he did not miss her as deeply as he might have done under other circumstances, for she was always with him In that, he thought, she was like his first daughter, his dead daughter Looking forward to the next already, hopefully this series never ends because it is that good and the last five lines just blew me away, absolutely chilling I could easily give every book of this series five stars but in terms of enjoyment and the fact that the last two books were top draw this one I think is almost a reluctant four.Also posted at

  7. says:

    We all trail our histories behind us This was my first acquaintance with John Connolly s famous detective Pleased to meet you, Charlie Parker, with your haunted eyes, and your unusual daughters with their otherness Great characters inhabit the shadows ofthis miasma of darknessCambion the leper, a sadistic torturer who has the tables turned on him as the disease itself eats him alive, even as he is gently tended to by a woman who reeks of cats, mothballs, cookies, and piss The CWe all trail our histories behind us This was my first acquaintance with John Connolly s famous detective Pleased to meet you, Charlie Parker, with your haunted eyes, and your unusual daughters with their otherness Great characters inhabit the shadows ofthis miasma of darknessCambion the leper, a sadistic torturer who has the tables turned on him as the disease itself eats him alive, even as he is gently tended to by a woman who reeks of cats, mothballs, cookies, and piss The Collector, the Hunter, Nazis masquerading as benign old folks, and the Jigsaw Man all fit in here It is an intricate plot that pays off nicely Deal me in forof Charlie Parker

  8. says:

    4.5 starsAfter putting down number 12, I immediately downloaded number 13 and began to readThe multiple POV in the beginning third of the book made me fear that I was going to be disappointed again It was then that I realised my main issue with some of the books in this series stems from my relationship with Parker I guard my time with him like a jealous lover, begrudging those who demand my attention when it could be with him I want to know what he s thinking and what he s doing He is mo 4.5 starsAfter putting down number 12, I immediately downloaded number 13 and began to readThe multiple POV in the beginning third of the book made me fear that I was going to be disappointed again It was then that I realised my main issue with some of the books in this series stems from my relationship with Parker I guard my time with him like a jealous lover, begrudging those who demand my attention when it could be with him I want to know what he s thinking and what he s doing He isthan just the nucleus of the story or of the series, he s the question to which I need an answer What are you Parker Not only that, who are you now These recent events have changed you, I can see it Your friends have noticed, so I am not alone I very much think your enemies will be the ones to feel the consequences very soon The answer I seek seems on the verge of being discovered, but i m less sure of what it will be, or even was I hope it to be The sense of convergence that was so stark in A Wolf in Winter is further developed in this novel It seethes with the unhuman, the many shadows The Hollow men, Jennifer, the ghostly victims of Nazi brutality all reach into the human world with the power to influence real events Little by little, loose ends are being tied up Tidy and satifactory ends presented with a little bow and a lot of blood Some brief appearances from old friends and adversaries rattle the very bones of the story Yet if there is a sense of moving forward to a conclusion, it is because lesser evil is being revealed to have much greater behind it In these most recent books, Connolly seems to manage a perfect blending of old and new, interlinking the major people and events in Parker s life to form a complex, but purposeful narrative that gives the series evendirection and hints at an intriguing future Charlie Parker moves in a world where the darkness that surrounds him is deeper anddangerous than he ever could have imagined But now he is no longer satisfied with being lost within it The next book, out in April 2016, is called A Time of Torment It makes me wonder whose torment is coming Wherever and whenever he arrives, Parker will not be there as a beacon of shining light in the darkness Like a brutally efficient surgeon, his solution to malignancy is simply to remove it Connolly keeps developing his character in ways that make Charlie as intriguing as the man we met in Every Dead Thing I cannot wait to see what comes next

  9. says:

    Pretty unbelievable that Charlier Parker is on his 13th outing, seems like only yesterday I picked up Every Dead Thing rather randomly and became an immediate and lifelong fan of this author and of this series in particular 13 may be unlucky for some but not in this case because A Song of Shadows has a beautiful quality about it, following as it does the emotional and traumatic events of A Wolf in Winter , a book that had me distraught for weeks In a good way.A bit of background for anyon Pretty unbelievable that Charlier Parker is on his 13th outing, seems like only yesterday I picked up Every Dead Thing rather randomly and became an immediate and lifelong fan of this author and of this series in particular 13 may be unlucky for some but not in this case because A Song of Shadows has a beautiful quality about it, following as it does the emotional and traumatic events of A Wolf in Winter , a book that had me distraught for weeks In a good way.A bit of background for anyone who has not yet started these Charlie Parker is a private investigator, who lost his family to the serial killer known as The Travelling Man Each book takes Charlie one step closer to the end game sob, I feel it coming now I really do, one time in my reading life I hope I m wrong and there are another 20 books on the way whilst each one also has its own self contained storyline Even so I would highly recommend that you read these in order without missing a step the richness and depth of the mythology that John Connolly has created here is pitch perfect both in construction and prose, with each novel leading you slowly towards something I still cannot yet imagine as such the complete experience is better served as a sequence of events.Looking at A Song of Shadows then, here we find Charlie recuperating from the violent attack he suffered, watched over as ever by the elusive Louis and Angel, he moves to a small town to take the time to heal Living next door is Ruth Winter and her daughter Amanda Ruth hides a dark secret with its roots firmly in the past Of course Charlie gets involved It is who he is.I read this in a day, such is the addictive quality of the writing and the story unfolding often taking time out to take a step back, I m not sure why exactly but these stories always get right to the heart of me It may be crime fiction with a twist but it is also poetic, haunting and highly emotional Always The sheer wonder of Charlie Parker s world ends up giving me just as much pain as pleasure emotionally speaking, I am wrung out by the end of them, this one was no different It is why I love them and will read to the bitter end please don t end because books that touch the soul are rare and books with this subject matter that do so are evenunusual.The ongoing mythology of the series takes a huge step with very few words in this instalment another huge strength of the writing is the author s ability to get a world of meaning, passion and anticipation into a few small sentences as well as dealing with Ruth s issues, Charlie has his own family to consider This thread of the tale was truly terrific, although of course it also made me mad as all heck that now I have to wait again I m really not good at waiting I don t like it It makes me grumpy.All our well loved characters are back, including a brief cameo from my personal favourite bad guy the interactions and conversations are electric as ever, the relationships solid and developing I may take this opportunity to mention that I really hope that Mr Connolly might give us another novel somewhere in there that gives Louis and Angel their own tale of woe see The Reapers because these two marvellous men certainly deserve that and I m sure there is a lot left unsaid for this pair.Overall this was fantastic I always think it cannot possibly hit me any harder but each time it does beautifully written, literary genius and without doubt my favourite series in the history of the world ever So highly recommended that highly recommended doesnt even cover it If you have not read these yet you are missing something incredible Don t do that Life is too short

  10. says:

    A Song of Shadows by John Connolly You don t have to stay, she told the dead daughter I m here now I ll keep him safe A Song of Shadows is the thirteenth in the Charlie Parker series which has long been my favourite and a new release is in my eyes a prominent day in any literary calendar Now the series as a whole generally comes down to two types of books, you have the ones that bounce ahead in Charlie s story arc and you have the ones that step sideways, usually a highly entertaining br A Song of Shadows by John Connolly You don t have to stay, she told the dead daughter I m here now I ll keep him safe A Song of Shadows is the thirteenth in the Charlie Parker series which has long been my favourite and a new release is in my eyes a prominent day in any literary calendar Now the series as a whole generally comes down to two types of books, you have the ones that bounce ahead in Charlie s story arc and you have the ones that step sideways, usually a highly entertaining break but doesn t really progress toward where we all want to get to More recently The Burning Soul and The Whisperers spring to mind So which does A Song of Shadows fit into, well I d have to say for the main part it s a step sideways but there s a couple of extremely significant events regarding Charlie s family, specifically his daughters Yes both of them, the start of an absolutely chilling relationship that adds another major plot line, not that this series is in dire need ofdarkness and shadow but itsintrigue on top of everything else Past friends like Epstein the rabbi and his beautiful guardian, The Collector and Cambion the Leper all make brief but substantial appearances, it s all here and those players are not even the primary source of danger The story well it s all about recovery and rehabilitation as Charlie fights to get back to his former self after the injuries sustained in the last outing He picks Boreas to anchor down in and Charlie is of course a gravitational pull to all that is dark and evil in this world and that s what makes him immensely popular with anyone able to pass breath and delve into his completely enslaving life It s not all darkness, of course there is the usual humour around the Fulci s, Angel and Louis all mixed with considerable menace Take the slow driving Louis and the exasperated Angel You want me to get out and walk in front with a red flag Yeah, would you Then I could run you over You couldn t accelerate fast enough to run me over By the time you got up to speed, I d have died of old age Charlie befriends a widow in the house next door and a new case practically jumps out of the closet at him, one with its origins going all the way back to the Second World War and the atrocities surrounding a particularly horrific concentration camp This did result in excessive information dumps about the Nazi s, their ill gotten gains and fight to stay hidden under the radar, which diverted focus away from where you really want to be You can easily live with that, however because the stories are exceptional This is all about Charlie and his daughters though, an excitingly dark twist to his future, tense, fraught with trepidation, and hats off to the direction John Connolly s now taking us in Dark and Malevolent as ever but the ghosts of his past combine furtively with the things most precious in his life and its gripping The detective s relationship with his daughter was a construct of great complexity, of nuance and shadow He could never see as much of her as he might have wished, and yet curiously he did not miss her as deeply as he might have done under other circumstances, for she was always with him In that, he thought, she was like his first daughter, his dead daughter Looking forward to the next already, hopefully this series never ends because it is that good and the last five lines just blew me away, absolutely chilling I could easily give every book of this series five stars but in terms of enjoyment and the fact that the last two books were top draw this one I think is almost a reluctant four GOODREADS PLEASE STOP DELETING MY FUCKING REVIEWS

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