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The White Road (Charlie Parker #4)

4.15  ·  Rating Details ·  5,299 Ratings  ·  217 Reviews
In his fourth thriller, international bestselling author John Connolly once again takes readers into the dark world of private detective Charlie Parker, whose deadly fight against evil begins when the daughter of a South Carolina millionaire is raped and murdered.

In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daug
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Atria Books (first published January 1st 2002)
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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
Nov 02, 2009 Brooke rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, 2009
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
Feb 20, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 11, 2015 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 finest Charlie Parker experience yet. Granted, it took a little bit for the story to develop and pick up but when it did, Connolly did NOT let up. Fantastic storytelling from start to finish.
Sep 07, 2015 Bill rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Little over half way in and I can say that I really do enjoy this series.
Feb 19, 2012 Bandit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 02, 2012 Janebbooks rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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
This time NO spooky style story in Maine but Parker feels obliged to fly down south in order to help out a "friend" who is defending a coloured murder suspect of a white girl whose family is rather influencial. All cliches get their moment in the light and yet mr. Connelly manages to wordsmith a rather decent tale of woe and mystery to a satisfying conclusion. This tale is a somewhat sequel to "the killing kind", and while it is nice to have read that one first it is not really a problem if you ...more
Tim Niland
May 22, 2012 Tim Niland rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-reads
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
Dec 02, 2012 Sharblynn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.

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
Ms. Nikki
John Connolly does bad guys so good.

In the fourth book we get a better glimpse into Charlie's roll as he deals with the paranormal aspect of his visions and ghosts. This book picks up right where book 3 left off so I'd not wait too long in between or you'll most likely forget certain details.

I don't know what Charlie would do without his companions as Louis seems to always be at the right place at the right time. Although his partner was missing, dealing with issues of his own, Louis can defini
Jun 02, 2014 Kimberly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series
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
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
May 29, 2014 Julián rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 09, 2015 George rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
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
Cl Thompson
May 03, 2015 Cl Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don't know if I can find the words to describe how much I enjoy this series. I think I've read some of the best suspense writers books; John Sanford, James Patterson, Vince Flynn (RIP), Lee Child. I loved every one of their books, but Connolly can weave a tale like no one I've read before. His writing is magical, his storyline has so many twist and turn, it's impossible to figure out what's coming next. Each character has such an impact to the story, no empty fillers here. I really want to ski ...more
George Harris
May 03, 2015 George Harris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
John Connolly, not to be confused with Michael Connelly. Both write mysteries of a sort. But where Michael's are standard mystery fare, John Connolly starts with the private eye novel and mixes in a dose of gothic horror. This is the fourth Charlie Parker book (he doesn't listen to jazz, but there has to be jazz in there somewhere), and each one progressively includes a slightly stronger supernatural element. At this point it's about half-and-half mystery and horror story, in large part due to t ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel the plots are becoming more intricate as Connolly starts to incorporate more fringe religious aspects. I don't know what else to call it. It's not occult but he's exploring the darker side of religion that people don't talk about: lost souls, The White Road (which sounds like purgatory to me), etc. I'm not type of person who goes to church every Sunday but the subject matter of these books intrigue me. Charlie doesn't believe in the darkness yet although he's seen it in glances of his dea ...more
Jun 09, 2015 Deborah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fantastic!! I am absolutely mesmerised by John Connolly's writing style. Despite the subjects he writes about his writing is beautiful. He is definitely my current favourite thriller author and I would say I'll be hard pushed to find another series as spellbinding.

The White Road is a follow on from The Killing Kind. I personally need to read book series' in order anyway, but if you don't I would recommend these two be read in order. Looking forward starting the next one tonight!
Charlie Parker
Jun 17, 2015 Perri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the forth installment, Connelley has to do a lot of backtracking to get the reader up-to-date on the story. Past histories, villains and how they relate bogged down the first part of the book. For the first time I was mixing up characters and story line. Still, Connelley's lyrical writing shines through.
Ufff... This book finally let me go. This was so, so gripping. I almost could not put it down until I finished it.
This series has improved so much since Every Dead Thing. I mean, I already liked the characters there, as I already made clear. But the mistery, the thick and dark atmosphere, the evil... all that improved immensely.
All the previous book had a supernatural background, but here... well, the supernatural things in the background are coming out from behind the curtain now. And all tha
aPriL does feral sometimes
'The White Road' is actually a sequel to the previous book in the Charlie Parker series, 'The Killing Kind'. These two are books 3 and 4 in the series, and they should be read in sequence, but the earlier books are also referenced in the story quite frequently as well. Given these circumstances, gentle reader, before reading 'The White Road', I must insist the the previous books be read, in order, before this one, beginning with Every Dead Thing. Ignoring my advice may cause a severe lack of enj ...more
Scott Firestone
May 16, 2016 Scott Firestone rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was surprised to see so much of this fourth Charlie Parker novel dealing with pieces of the third Parker novel, The Killing Kind. He's referenced past events in other books, but this one has at least a portion of the plot that brings in those old elements in a significant way.

But the majority of the novel is about an old friend of Parker asking for his help in a case of a young black man accused of killing a young white woman. Parker's friend is convinced the kid is innocent. Parker comes dow
Jul 03, 2016 Clarividente rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Llevo cuatro libros de Charlie Parker, y Connolly nunca defrauda. Escribe condenadamente bien y la mezcla entre ultra realismo, bajos fondos, emociones y romanticismo, acción, malos depravados, protagonista atormentado y esos toques de fantasía y sucesos paranormales me resulta irresistible.
No tardaré en leer el quinto.
Scott Brook
I ended up breezing through this book because I could not put it down. This series is starting to become one of my favorites with the combination of thriller along with supernatural elements. Not so much supernatural that it would turn off the hardcore thriller enthusiasts.

This book continues the story of Charlie "Bird" Parker from the ending of The Killing Kind. Tying into the story of the "Preacher", an investigation into a South Carolina murder in which Parker investigates the murder of a whi
Joshua Francia
Sep 08, 2016 Joshua Francia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lots of stories are opened up and it seems like they all kind of end up abruptly. Even so, it's kind of refreshing. It's also great to know more about Louis and Angel, the guardian angels of Charlie.
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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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Other Books in the Series

Charlie Parker (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Every Dead Thing (Charlie Parker, #1)
  • Dark Hollow (Charlie Parker, #2)
  • The Killing Kind (Charlie Parker, #3)
  • The Black Angel (Charlie Parker, #5)
  • The Unquiet (Charlie Parker, #6)
  • The Reapers (Charlie Parker, #7)
  • The Lovers (Charlie Parker, #8)
  • The Whisperers (Charlie Parker, #9)
  • The Burning Soul (Charlie Parker, #10)
  • The Wrath of Angels (Charlie Parker, #11)

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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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