The Unquiet

Author(s): John Connolly

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Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychologist, has been missing for years following revelations about harm done to the children in his care. Believing him dead, his daughter Rebecca has tried to come to terms with her fatherâÃÂÃÂs legacy, but her fragile peace is about to be shattered. Someone is asking questions about Daniel Clay, someone who does not believe that he is dead: the revenger Merrick, a father and a killer obsessed with discovering the truth about his own daughterâÃÂÃÂs disappearance. Private detective Charlie Parker is hired to make Merrick go away, but Merrick will not be stopped. Soon Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth about Daniel Clay to be revealed, and those who want it to remain hidden at all costs. But there are other forces at work here. Someone is funding MerrickâÃÂÃÂs hunt, a ghost from ParkerâÃÂÃÂs past. And MerrickâÃÂÃÂs actions have drawn others from the shadows, half-glimpsed figures intent upon their own form of revenge, pale wraiths drifting through the ranks of the unquiet dead. The Hollow Men have come âÃÂæ

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'Connolly handles the unspeakable with consummate ease' -- Daily Mirror 'As usual, there is an element of the supernatural, taking the reader into a place where the real, contemporary world is touched by something from our worst nightmares, and he does it in lyrical, almost poetic language which grips and chillls.' -- Susanna Yager, Sunday Telegraph 'John Connolly draws their shady presence into his rich, southern Gothic style which assumes evil to be an omnipresent, corrosive force of nature. Parker seeks truth and discovers pain. His sleuthing is fast-packed, which makesTHE UNQUIET a thrilling read' -- FT Magazine 'Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.' -- Publishers Weekly 'Connolly's books are shot through with bitter poetry, and couched in prose as elegant as most literary fiction ... But it's not just the US voice of his books that has made waves on both sides of the Atlantic; there's the sweeping canvas, more ambitious than most British-set crime thrillers. However, all of this is not the overriding reason why Connolly has risen above most of his peers. It's because Connolly's work has raised the stakes, beyond the quotidian concerns of most crime novels, into a grandiose conflict between the forces of good and evil, with religion and the paranormal stirred into the heady brew.' -- Independent 'Originality in story and style is what makes Connolly stand out from the thriller pack. THE UNQUIET is plotted and paced not to break your neck, like those of his rivals in the business, but to efficiently crush every bone in your body.' -- Daily Sport 'In two fascinating confrontational scenes between Parker and He/It-who-will-not-be-named here, (Connolly) writes superbly mesmerising dialogue. You'll be running shards of it through your mind after the book is finished ... THE UNQUIET ends with the tantalising suggestion that the detective, after years of relentless, self-righteous violence, has literally lost his soul - and that the ultimate enemy has yet to come. I can't wait.' -- Irish Times 'It is not every day that one gets to read a detective novel that penetrates deep into the world of abuse. Credit should go to Connolly for his willingness to tackle this difficult topic and for the depth of his research. THE UNQUIET reveals both pace, full description and a compelling central character. It's a rich achievement -- and strange that a master of the macabre like Connolly should seem such a nice guy.' -- Daily Express

John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut - EVERY DEAD THING - swiftly launched him right into the front rank of thriller writers, and all his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. He is the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award.

General Fields

  • : 9780340920497
  • : Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • : Hodder Paperback
  • : 0.71
  • : May 2007
  • : 232mm X 151mm X 34mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : John Connolly
  • : Paperback
  • : 480
  • : Crime & mystery