The Burning Soul.
Booklist Reviews 2011 September #1
Maine private detective Charlie Parker is engaged in a bit of a balancing act. Hired to find out who's been sending harassing mail to a man with a dark past, Charlie soon begins to wonder if the past is encroaching on the present. When he was a teenager, Randall Haight and another boy killed a 14-year-old girl. Randall did his time in prison, and now, under a new identity, he's been trying to live a quiet, uneventful life. But someone knows Randall's secret and seems determined to torture him with it. Whether it's a coincidence that a 14-year-old girl has gone missing, or whether Randall hasn't really left his past behind, is what Charlie needs to determine. But it's a very thin line he's walking, investigating his client from two perspectives, as a victim and as a possible offender. Charlie is not only a sharp investigator and a likable guy, he's also an engaging narrator with a compelling voice. Another strong entry in this always exciting series. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.
LJ Reviews 2011 September #1
Private investigator Charlie Parker (The Whisperers) returns in this complicated, multilayered suspense novel with a touch of horror. He is hired to help Randall Haight, who is being blackmailed for a past crime in which he and a friend as teenagers were convicted of killing a 14-year-old girl. On his release as an adult, Haight was given a new name and set himself up as a tax accountant in the small Maine town of Pastor's Bay. But with the disappearance of a local 14-year-old girl, Haight wants to protect his new life and asks Parker to find the blackmailers. To further complicate matters, there are others in Pastor's Bay who are not who they seem to be, and Parker finds himself deeply embroiled in the town's secrets. VERDICT This is more a detective story than a horror novel, but Connolly's plot twists are still sure to please his fans.—Lisa Hanson O'Hara, Univ. of Manitoba Libs., Winnipeg[Page 97]. (c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.
PW Reviews 2011 August #1
In Connolly's solid 10th thriller featuring private detective Charlie Parker (after The Whisperers), Randall Haight approaches attorney Aimee Price in the tiny Maine town of Pastor's Bay to ask for help regarding anonymous notes he's been receiving in the mail. It's obvious the sender knows that Randall used to be William Lagenheimer, who at age 14 with a friend raped and killed a 14-year-old black girl in North Dakota. Having served his time, Lagenheimer is living as Randall Haight, the new identity created for him by the court. The threats couldn't come at a worse time: 14-year-old Anna Kore is missing from a strip mall on the mainland, and if word got out about Randall's past, he'd be the prime suspect. Aimee draws Charlie into the fold—despite his personal distaste at working for a man who killed a child—and he starts his own investigation. Though the plot plods initially, Connolly later gathers momentum, and his portrayal of the perpetually troubled Charlie as ever rings true. (Sept.)[Page ]. Copyright 2011 PWxyz LLC