The White Road (Charlie Parker, #4)
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The White Road (Charlie Parker #4)

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John Connolly thrilled readers with his bestselling novels, Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, and The Killing Kind. Now he delivers spellbinding suspense as Charlie Parker races to unravel a brutal crime committed in the Deep South.
After years of suffering unfathomable pain and guilt over the murders of his wife and daughter, private detective Charlie Parker has finally fou...more
ebook, 400 pages
Published March 11th 2003 by Atria 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.

Thes...more
Chris
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
Bandit
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
Melissa
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Kimberly
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
Brooke
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...more
Maurean
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...more
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...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
Sharblynn
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
Julián
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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...more
Bill
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
Janebbooks

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...more
Michael
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.

Charlie...more
Ryan
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
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...more
Vivienne
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
Ron
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...more
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.
Traummachine
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...more
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...more
Jodi
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
Rick
I've been going through John Connelly's Charlie Parker mysteries lately. Very dark. His villains are nothing short of monstrous. People are murdered in horrific ways. Generous portions of local lore. Angel, Louis, and Charlie do frequently score with their sarcasm. And I find I have to drop everything to get through each story as quickly as possible.
Kelanth, numquam risit ubi dracones vivunt
E' proprio vero che nessun autore è una garanzia. Come puoi trovare il gioiello tra le erbacce, puoi trovare una gramigna tra le orchidee. Sì perchè i libri di Connolly per me sono sempre state delle bellissime orchidee, nere forse, visto i suoi thriller così duri e crudi ma questa volta mi ha proprio deluso. La storia non decolla e sembra più che altro creata per fare da sottofondo per chiudere le cose rimaste in sospeso dai primi due libri. Non succede praticamente nulla per tutto il libro e l...more
Susan
I find that reading these books in order helps understand the newer ones since characters repeat and the back stories often play a part in the plot.

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 the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, deeply rooted in old evil -- and old evil is Charlie Parker's specialty. He's about to enter a living nightmare, a dreamscape of sorrow haunted by the m...more
Dihanie
Aug 22, 2011 Dihanie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Dihanie by: Martina
In a few words - I didn't like it so much. It's perhaps my own mistake because this is the first book by J. Connolly that I have read but it's - as I found out - the fourth book in this series featuring Charlie Parker. That could be the reason why I didn't quite understand who is who, but I think the story itself is cutted and not consistent. First the personages are described with too little words.. maybe a sentence and I can't really imagine them. Then I' ve read about someone and I didn't get...more
The W
W Rating: B-

Connolly returns with another Charlie Parker book and delievers again. This story involves characters from his previous The Killing Kind and picks up rather well. The story is good and the evil is still there.

There are certain aspects missing or not fully elaborated/explored that were brought up in the beginning. I felt that the setup of a few issues were not fully resolved and left me slightly off balance with my review. There are a few missing ends that are not tied off and were m...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.”
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“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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