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The Unquiet by John Connolly
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Jan 02, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: 2009
Read in April, 2009

Sixth Charlie Parker novel. Back in New England dealing with religious fanatics, child molesters and other evil men. There are always two stories going on in these books; the main investigation and the a side character, usually evil, hunting or following Parker or his compatriots. The threads mix and weave together in interesting and unpredictable ways. Connolly tells quite a yarn. One of Connolly’s great strengths as a writer has to do with the way he furthers the narrative; I mentioned earlier that his books are mostly told in first person narrative. This is true, but often he will choose to move the story along through the use of tertiary characters. They may only appear for five pages or so, but Connolly devotes time to making each and every one a fully rounded individual; he gives them their own lives and troubles that usually have nothing to do with the story at hand. It’s a very effective world-building technique and it makes the books a joy to read.
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