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Randall Haight has a secret: when he was a teenager, he and his friend killed a 14-year-old girl.

Randall did his time and built a new life in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but somebody has discovered the truth about Randall. He is being tormented by anonymous messages, haunting reminders of his past crime, and he wants private detective Charlie Parker to make it st
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Hardcover, 410 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Hodder & Stoughton (first published 2011)
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Phrynne
I enjoyed this book, the tenth in the Charlie Parker series but maybe not quite as much as I have the others. Charlie is a little lost in this one and I much prefer him when he is at the top of his game. I also like to see Louis and Angel playing a major role rather than the cameo appearance they make in this one. Nevertheless no one can deny John Connolly knows how to write a thriller with a good serve of supernatural on the side. I am certainly looking forward to reading number 11:)
Lou
It has been a long time since I have read a book from the Charlie Parker PI series. I used to really love Connolly's books with Parker as the main protagonist I have read the first four on successive release dates then i drifted away while waiting the next title to be released. Over time like, many books that are part of a series by authors, that dark excellence lost it's edge a bit. In this novel you have Charlie revisiting the memories of his Child's death and all that comes with those feeling ...more
Paul Nelson
The Burning Soul is the tenth in the Charlie Parker series that just continues on in leaps and bounds, converging plot lines maintain the tension and in no way does this series appear tired as some that broach double figures often do.

Parker takes on a new case, Randall Haight is a man with disturbing secrets, secrets that he would prefer remain that way as he lives under a new identity, unfortunately someone knows and his existence is being threatened. Parker has to look deeply at his morality,
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Brandon
I was lamenting to a friend on Friday how annoyed I was coming into the long weekend knowing that the new John Connolly book wouldn’t be out until Tuesday. It annoyed me that it was given two separate release dates, one for Australia, England and Ireland (September 1st) and another for North America (September 6th). I wanted it now! I definitely wanted to take advantage of all this free time I expected to have this weekend. So you can imagine my surprise and glee when I walked into the local boo ...more
Brian
John Connolly? Charlie Parker? No need to say more, except clear my calendar, I'm reading nonstop to the end. Another outstanding thriller. Can't wait to hoist a beer with John on tour.
Oscar
’Cuervos’ (The Burning Soul), es el úndecimo título de la serie del detective Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker, del escritor irlandés John Connolly. Esta serie es una de las mejores del género negro que se escriben actualmente, tanto por su calidad literaria como por sus argumentos y protagonistas. Connolly rompe las reglas del género negro clásico, introduciendo en sus novelas lo sobrenatural, la presencia del mal. Al detective Charlie Parker le rondan los muertos en su afán de venganza; un atormentado Pa ...more
Ben Jackson
John Connolly is a man who knows how to craft a sentence. His vivid prose makes the outside world disappear within seconds of passing one's eyes over the first words, and the world passes by unnoticed and unobserved until the reading stops - either with a shudder and the terror contained within the pages, or with great reluctance as the final pages are turned and the book closed.

This may be the second-best of all of the Charlie Parker novels. The characters and the story are so vivid, and ring s
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Melissa
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Angela
I hate to give this only two stars, but to me, this was a worst story in the Charlie Parker series to date, and I LOVE this series to bits. Somehow, Connolly missed the mark on this one. WAAAYYY too much going on as usual, and I found myself skimming all the extra background characters, three pages describing the current weather, or wretched state of a bad neighborhood, as opposed to gritting my teeth and getting through it as in previous novels, because at least in those novels, much of that in ...more
Ian Young
The Burning Soul is the tenth full-length novel from John Connolly to feature Charlie Parker as the central character. The books could best be characterised as thrillers with supernatural overtones. Towards the beginning of the series (which started with Every Dead Thing), the novels were characterised by extreme and graphic violence, but, as the series has evolved, Connolly has more and more relied on fine descriptive prose to build tension and a sense of menace which only occasionally explodes ...more
Tim
This is the tenth novel in the Charlie Parker series and once again i was reminded why this is one of my favourite series.
If you have read the whole of this series you will know that there are strong supernatural elements, with The Whisperers & The Black Angel being the most heavy uses of the supernatural theme in the series (in my opinion). In the burning soul we do get a bit of the said supernatural element, but it is expertly done and does not take away anything from the thrilling storyl
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Book Him Danno
One of my favorite things in my reading life is picking up a new (to me) mystery writer and thoroughly enjoying the book. It is especially great when they are an established writer and I can go back and enjoy an extensive backlist. I keep up with about 50 authors right now and I always on the lookout for more. I just got up to date on John Sandford’s work and I am currently working my way through C.J. Box’s and Michael Connelly’s backlists. I can say now that John Connolly has been added to that ...more
Lorraine
I downloaded this to my Kindle as soon as it was released, I couldn't wait! I was so looking forward to it. Charlie Parker is still a complex, likeable person and Louis and Angel are still funny and dangerous. If you are a John Connolly/Charlie Parker fan you wont be disappointed at all. A great story with the haunting/supernatural going on. I have to say that I am a huge fan of Every Dead Thing and no book I have ever read has been as good as it. But, The Burning Soul is great and I am so looki ...more
Lee Thompson
Dug it a lot. Lots of mystery, pretty fast paced (though it is heavily padded in some sections), and a nice wicked ending. Looking forward to the next book coming out in October!
Cornelia
I don’t usually read mysteries but this book happened to be the choice for a library book club so at the meeting the librarian also read information to us about John Connollly, who is from Ireland, single, and use to drive a taxi in New York City. The most interesting was that a murder, which he covered as a freelance reporter in Ireland, inspired him to write mysteries. The way public opinion changed when it came to light that the victim worked as a prostitute as if murder is more or less impor ...more
Gloria Feit
John Connolly’s Charlie Parker Thrillers usually combine an element of the supernatural with basic detective work. In this, the tenth in the series, the eerie aspects are slight, while the hard work of solving a case winds its way through the pages with realism and power. It is a twisted story that begins when an attorney asks Charlie to assist a client, and unfolds with a ferocity of dynamic proportions.

It appears that the client, Randall Haight, as a 14-year-old, and with a friend, murdered a
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Miles
Randall Haight has a secret: when he was a teenager, he and his friend killed a 14-year-old girl.

Randall did his time and built a new life in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay, but somebody has discovered the truth about Randall. He is being tormented by anonymous messages, haunting reminders of his past crime, and he wants private detective Charlie Parker to make it stop.

But another 14-year-old girl has gone missing, this time from Pastor's Bay, and the missing girl's family has its own secr
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Kristin  (MyBookishWays Reviews)
You may also read my review here: http://www.mybookishways.com/2011/09/...

Winter is coming,and a 14 year old girl is missing in the small town of Pastor’s Bay. Problem is,this is no ordinary missing child case. Randall Haight has retreated to tiny Pastor’s Bay after serving 18 years in prison for the killing of a 14 year old girl when he himself was only a child. He’s now an accountant and is trying to create a quiet and private life for himself,or so it seems. When he begins receiving possible
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Sara
Okay so I love John Connolly. I still feel like the world hasn't really discovered him yet despite the fact that he's quite prolific. I'm a huge fan of the Charlie Parker novels. Let me amend that statement, I am a huge fan of the EARLY Charlie Parker novels. About four books back Connolly started phoning it in, to the point where I'm not entirely clear on the plot at this point.

Charlie "Bird" Parker is a terrific character, the perfect antihero. Damaged and dark but with a heart that feels almo
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Caitlin
John Connolly is huge favorite of mine. His Charlie Parker series is must-read both for its writing and for Connolly's wonderful, dark, Irish storytelling skills.

The Burning Soul is the latest in the series and it's a good one, although maybe not a great one. I still want more Louis and Angel and I want more of the tone that pervades my favorite of the series (and the first one that I read) Dark Hollow. Good John Connolly is always better than 99.9% of what you'll read so I'm not damning with fa
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Colin Leslie
With The Burning Soul, John Connolly once again takes us into the dark and tortured world of Charlie Parker. For those unfamiliar with the series (and if that applies to you, get hold of a copy of Every Dead Thing as soon as possible and brace yourself), Charlie Parker is a private detective who is haunted both psychologically and supernaturally by the brutal murder of his wife and daughter at the hands of the Traveling Man.

In The Burning Soul, Parker has been hired to help a convicted child kil
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Kitty Honeycutt
Book Title: "The Burning Soul"
Author: John Connolly
Published By: Atria Books (Simon & Schuster)
Age Recommended: 18+
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard
Raven Rating: 5

Review: John Connolly has been hailed as a best-selling novelist for a while now, constantly making his appearances on the New York Times coveted list. I can honestly say after reading the first book I've ever read by him that he has earned this spot a thousand times over.

His writing ability surpasses many of the best today and his mixt
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Dave
I enjoy stories where different genres are combined, especially when one of those genres is crime fiction. For the past several years writer John Connolly has been telling some great stories that mesh elements of supernatural and psychological horror with detective fiction. In his earlier stories starring private investigator Charlie Parker the horror elements were always sort of at the background. You never quite knew if they were real or not. There were hints that something bigger was going on ...more
Michael
John Connolly elegantly describes life in a small town in Maine and how it's changed when a teenage girl goes missing.

RandalL Haight is a private person who doesn't want his past revealed. When he was a teenager, he murdered a fourteen year old girl.

After serving eighteen years, he was released from prison and given a new identity as was the other boy who was a participant in murdering the girl.

Now he's getting harassing photos about the old murder and doesn't want to go to the authorities becau
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Richard
Nov 08, 2011 Richard rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes good writing, mysteries, who-dun-its.
Recommended to Richard by: I read all Mr. Connolly's work.
If you want to find out what the book is about, there are plenty of reviews that will tell you. What I will say is Mr. Connolly has an amazing grasp of the English language. Yes, the story is long and involves lots of characters but he needs every one of them to tell the tale. I admit a three page description of a bar is a bit excessive, but each word is important for you to understand what is unique about this bar.

I complain ofter that books are too long and that I could shorten them easily. I
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Julie Kellner
The Charlie Parker stories generally have a supernatural element but this story involved more the detective side & I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Sora91
4,5 stars... tot i que amb quatre estrelletes possiblement ja faria, però com que aquesta novel·la m'ha reconciliat amb la sèrie es queda amb cinc. Per mi Les veus va ser una decepció perquè la trama "paranormal" vaig trobar que s'estava anant una mica de mare: massa elements (àngels caiguts per aquí, un Mal sense determinar, ara el Col·leccionista,...) i poques conclusions.
Aquest llibre és un respir, un pas enrere per situar-nos als orígens sense menystenir els elements que donen originalitat a
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Cecily
Not on par with the rest of the series :(
Diane
More creepy detective work from John Connolly's Charlie Parker, as he agrees to help lawyer Aimee Price. Her client, Randall Haight, was convicted of murdering a teenaged girl while just a teen himself. Now, after prison and many years of low key living in rural Maine, someone who knows his secret is sending him notes about the original crime. A 14-year girl goes missing from his community and now the client is afraid he's being set up to take the fall. Can Parker find Haight's tormentor and mak ...more
Richard Brand
So I got a Charlie Parker mystery in mid stream. I have not read others. Like so many of these things, this is another ex cop with dead wife and child. He walks over the line, gets results and gets in trouble with all the official law people. He did not have sex with anybody so that was a little different, but there was suggestions mid way in the story. It was a little bit of a convoluted plot with people rescuing Russian teenagers from prostitute work that never seems to enter into the rest of ...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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