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The White Road (Charlie Parker #4)

4.15 of 5 stars 4.15  ·  rating details  ·  4,002 ratings  ·  149 reviews
Hailed as "one of the best" (Toronto Sun) writers of contemporary suspense fiction, international bestselling author John Connolly returns with an electrifying novel featuring his acclaimed private detective, Charlie Parker.
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 t
Paperback, 503 pages
Published March 2004 by Pocket Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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Dirk Grobbelaar

“You lead a charmed life, Parker, you know that?”

This is the fourth Charlie Parker book. At this stage the series isn’t showing any sign of running out of momentum or atmosphere.

Yes, the Charlie Parker novels are violent and macabre, but they’re also singularly lyrical. Connolly has a remarkable writing style.

In his eyes I could see the night shapes reflected so clearly that it was as if they were a part of him, the elements of a darker world that had somehow entered and colonized his soul.

I have to start this off with a word of caution. To truly enjoy this absolutely amazing series, you have to start at the beginning. Starting anywhere other than Book 1---All The Dead Things and reading each book in order---should be punishable by public flogging. Would you recommend watching the Star Wars Trilogy in reverse order? Didn’t think so. This series is thought out in the big picture and each book builds on and relates back to the ones that precede it. It would be a crime to read them o ...more
This series has become so reliably excellent, I don't know if I should even bother praising the writing or the suspense or the character development, all of which were in fact excellent. I would say that out of all Charlie Parker books so far this one is the least easily read as a stand alone, since it follows the same antagonist as Killing Kind. One of my favorite things about this book was the fact that we finally get a background on Angel and Louis, my favorite homicidal couple. More supernat ...more
I gotta say, I love these books. They are formulaic, follow the same basic plotline every time, and somehow elevate the main characters to almost omniscient status; I mean, how many times can Charlie be about to bite it and Louis comes out of the shadows & blows someone's head off? But they're still so great, either in spite of or because of it! The creepiest, worst characters get awesome comeuppances (I particularly love that in this one, (view spoiler) ...more
THE WHITE ROAD is book #4 in John Connolly's "Charlie Parker" series. Personally, I feel that you get the most out of these books by reading them in order, as each builds off of the one's before it in terms of character growth/development, and understanding about the nature of Charlie's unique gifts. That being said, THE WHITE ROAD is the first one that I think *should* be read AFTER its predecessor, THE KILLING KIND; this is simply because some of the characters/situations introduced continue r ...more
One of the things I'm discovering about John Connolly's Charlie Parker private detective series is that his cases aren't confined to one book. The White Road is a follow-up to The Killing Kind and it deals with the aftermath of Reverend Faulkner's bloodbath. We're also reminded that The Traveling Man, the man who killed Parker's wife and daughter, is somehow connected to Faulkner. It definitely feels like something is slowly building up.

Although I didn't enjoy the mystery in this book as much as
Αυτό είναι το τέταρτο βιβλίο της σειράς με ήρωα τον Τσάρλι Πάρκερ και για να το διαβάσει κανείς, θα πρέπει να έχει διαβάσει πρώτα τα τρία προηγούμενα, γιατί υπάρχουν άμεσες συνδέσεις μεταξύ των βιβλίων και πολλές αναφορές. Για παράδειγμα στο παρόν βιβλίο συμμετέχουν και χαρακτήρες από το αμέσως προηγούμενο και βλέπουμε την κατάληξή τους. Γι'αυτό κάντε χάρη στον εαυτό σας και αναζητήστε τα προηγούμενα της σειράς.

Λίγα λόγια για την πλοκή: Βρισκόμαστε στην Νότια Καρολίνα, όπου ένας νεαρός μαύρος κα
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While I found it to be an intensely interesting tale, I would not recommend that others who are unfamiliar with Connolly’s writing begin with this one.

First, this is the fourth installement of his Charlie Parker series, and “The White Road” is littered with several references to past occurrences that would have better served this reader had I read the previous works. (May I say, Connolly does an excellent job of ‘flushing out’ the back-story to keep the reader from being confused; but the storyl
Tim Swift
This is the fourth book in the Charlie Parker series and I suspect slightly easier to follow if you've read the one before.

Part of the plot of this book concerns the Revd Faulkner, an adversary from the previous book, and his potential release on bail. He's critical in terms of both his perceived threat to Charlie and to his girlfriend. Rachel, and also the effects of the previous issues in Angel in particular.

Whilst the headline story is about the request from an old friend to assist a young b
During the course of the novel Parker has a number of visions of a sinister black Cadillac that appears to be waiting for a passenger. Is it waiting for him or another? In this fourth novel the supernatural elements of his journey seem to be coming more to the fore with ravens that may or may not be dark angels and a ghostly woman. Charlie's ability to commune with the dead features is still quite understated though he seems to have accepted his role and the nature of the world between life and ...more
Tim Niland
When an old friend of detective Charlie Parker calls him to ask for help in protecting a defendant in a high-profile murder case he does so with great trepidation. His partner is pregnant and his nemesis, the evil Reverend Faulker, is soon to be released on bail. Reluctantly traveling to South Carolina, Parker discovers that the accused murderer is the latest in a long line of black men who have run afoul of an old-school wealthy white family. When things go pear shaped and bodies start to pile ...more
The author has hit his stride! I love how he continues to develop the characters, allowing them to grow and change as if they were real people (and there were no distracting mobster plotlines this time). It's interesting how Connolly tied some of their backstories into the present day event that Charlie was investigating. But that's the point of the books--everything is connected. Happily, we're getting a little more insight into Charlie's "gift" and the honeycomb world. Also, I find Connolly to ...more
María I.
En Carolina del Sur, un joven negro se enfrenta a la pena de muerte acusado de haber violado y asesinado a Marianne Larousse, hija de uno de los hombres más ricos del estado. El caso, que nadie quiere investigar, hunde sus raíces en un mal que se remonta a un pasado remoto, el tipo de misterio que se ha convertido en la especialidad del detective Charlie Parker. Éste ignora que está a punto de sumergirse en una auténtica pesadilla y de introducirse en un escenario teñido de sangre en el que se m ...more
Luca Lesi
In passato ho scoperto che quelle che passano per coincidenze sono di solito il modo in cui la vita ti avverte che non stai prestando sufficiente attenzione
Connolly ci regala , dopo il mediocre Gente che uccide, un altro bel libro , scritto bene, dove il potere di una famiglia di bianchi si estende a cercare di coprire ingiustizie e malaffari.
Titolo originale "the white road" la Strada Bianca, il luogo in cui viene fatta giustizia, in cui i vivi e i morti camminano fianco a fianco. E non convie
Little over half way in and I can say that I really do enjoy this series.
Scott Rhee
"The White Road", the fourth John Connolly novel to feature his private eye, Charlie Parker, is a direct sequel to the third book, "The Killing Kind", so it may confuse readers who have never read Connolly before to pick this one up first. There is a stand-alone story within it, but it is intertwined with and refers to events in the last novel. Several characters and their backstories are necessary to understand some of the events in this one. In other words, if you want to pick up a Connolly no ...more
Andi Newton
Although I've read other books in the Charlie Parker series, I haven't read The Killing Kind yet, which is the precursor to one of the major plot arcs in The White Road. Still, I knew enough about Parker and his friends, and Connolly revealed enough about events from The Killing Kind in backstory, that I was easily able to follow along and enjoy the book. An excellent, intriguing horror/supernatural crime thriller. Like many of Connolly's books, though, there are multiple plots, multiple crimes, ...more

Dublin-based John Connolly gives his private detective Charlie Parker a little peace after his last adventure in the woods of northern Maine USA in THE KILLING KIND. Parker has sold his grandfather's house in Scarborough, Maine and now shares a new home with his girlfriend Rachel, a criminal profiler from Boston who is pregnant with their first child. He also has adopted a golden retriever named Walter.

Don't fret, Connolly readers. Your favorite P. I. is soon drawn to darkness when, with Rachel
P.I. Charlie Parker is living in Maine with his lover, Rachel. Rachel is happily pregnant with Charlie's child.

Charlie is asked by Elliot Norton to help with a case in Charleston, South Carolina. Elliot is a friend of Charlies from when he was on the NYPD. Elliot is defending a black man accused of the rape and murder of his white girlfriend. The girl is the daughter of one of the richest men in the area.

Elliot wants Charlie to protect the accused man and gather evidence of his innocence.

I've really got to start reading things in order. This is my first Connolly novel. The 4th in the "Charlie Parker" series. Although I think if I'd started with #1 I might not have gotten to this one. I picked up a couple Connolly books because I'd seen he was an 'Irish crime novelist'. I was mistaken. He's an Irish 'crime novelist'. The books take place in the good ol' USA with no Irish characters in sight. Not that it's a bad thing. Just not what I was expecting/hoping for. Even though I read t ...more
Gerald Sinstadt
Feb 12, 2010 Gerald Sinstadt added it
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My one reservation in assessing how many stars to award was a sense of having joined a sequence at half-way, inadequately equipped for the 500 pages ahead. Never mind: a book bought on a critic's recommendation (as this one was) ought to stand alone. So many of the favourable reviews have come from readers who started earlier in the journey; perhaps they both recognise the characters and are innured to descriptions of one gruesome killing after another.

I confess to having enjoyed the, sometimes
The fourth Charlie Parker book relies more heavily on the actions of the previous novels than any of the others so far in the series. Obviously, I personally prefer to read any series in order, but Connolly is careful to mask much of the previous plots so a reader can pick up at any point. But in this installment, this is not really the case as much of the action is heavily dependent on the climatic action of this book’s predecessor, The Killing Kind.

The honeycomb world becomes more riddled with
I finished the book, finally. I have to say, that despite being well-researched and masterfully crafted by the author, I never really became fully invested in the story. Were it not for a bit of stubbornness and determination on my part, I would likely have put this aside and moved on to something else.

I felt that this book is about 200 pages too long. To paraphrase the Austrian Emperor from the movie Amadeus in his critique of of Mozart's latest debut, it seemed that this book simply had "too
This one was scary as all get up, although I didn't enjoy it as much the other 3 of his I've read. While Connolly's level of historical information is always wonderfully elucidating to me, the subject matter of this one (the treatment of slaves in the south) left me feeling extremely despondent about the depths to which humanity can be debased. However, I did appreciate finally discovering the back-story to Louis and Angel, despite it's depressing nature.
Eve Nolon
Eh. I liked the last chapter a lot what with Parker seemingly getting his shit together (and I realize I come across as an utter sociopath in these reviews; I'll live with that) but the epilogue was so damned sappy. I find Parker sort of gross and the feeling is not lessening, unfortunately. I think it goes back to my issues with the first book. But chapter 13 was fab and I cannot wait until I finally make it to book 7 and I can revel in a whole book about Angel and Louis.
Connolly's books just keep getting better and better. Each introduces more supernatural elements, and even though each book reads as a stand-alone, each novel incorporates threads from the previous in both a foreshadowing and a cause/effect way.

This story is, on the surface, about racism in the south, about someone who was tossed away like garbage that comes back for revenge on her killers, about the dangers of being a private eye, and about friendship. But really it's a dark fantasy, the kind o
Anthony Burt
An utterly encompassing read, The White Road is pure Charlie Parker (the private detective John Connolly revisits a lot) genius. There is a deep, complex plot with the horrific murder of several girls in the American Deep South at the core of this novel.

I found myself completely engrossed in this book - as well as having some gruesome murder scenes (thanks to hired hands Louis and Angel), there are beautiful descriptions of the Maine countryside, southern swamps and some really observant human n
I would give this entry in the series 4.25 stars. I love the characters in this series, Parker, Louis, Angel. These stories always have a hint of the supernatural in them in a very real sense. They are dark stories dealing with tough subjects and a world of hurt. These are characters who have suffered and continue to deal with their pain. This one is no different. While Louis and Angel are clearly of the criminal element and don't believe the law necessarily applies to them, they use it in a way ...more
Creo que Connolly abusa del elemento paranormal en esta entrega del detective Charlie Parker y ya se está pareciendo cada vez más a Stephen King, sin embargo, eso no es necesariamente malo, aunque la trama tiene cierto parecido con "Un saco de huesos" de King: un grupo de blancos golpea y viola a una(s) afroamericana(s) y ésta(s) en forma de espectro(s) o monstruo(s) toma(n) venganza. En fin, el estilo de las anteriores entregas se mantiene y Bird cada vez entiende mejor su misión en la vida: es ...more
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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. 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 ...more
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“An interesting thing happened today,” she said, giving me just enough time to get the word “hi” out of my mouth. “I opened the front door and there was a man on my doorstep. A big man. A very big, very black man.”

“Rachel —”

“You said it would be discreet. His T–shirt had the words ‘Klan Killer’ written on the front.”

“I —”

“And do you know what he said?”

I waited.

“He handed me a note from Louis and told me he was lactose intolerant. That was it. Note. Lactose intolerant. Nothing else. He’s coming to the reading with me. It was all I could do to get him to change his T–shirt. The new one reads ‘Black Death.’ I’m going to tell people it’s a rap band. Do you think it’s a rap band?”

I figured it was probably his occupation, but I didn’t say that. Instead, I said the only thing I could think of to say.

“Maybe you’d better buy some soy milk.”

She hung up without saying good–bye.”
“You still carrying an arsenal in the trunk of your car?”

“Why, you need something?”

“No, but if your car is hit by lightning I’ll know where my lawn went.”
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