Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the capture of their killer, The Travelling Man, Charlie Parker, retreats to the wintry Maine landscape of his childhood. By following in the steps of his beloved grandfather, Parker hopes to heal his spirit and get through the bitter anniversary of Jennifer and Susan's murder. But the echoes of the past that await him are not all benign.
In a gruesome re-enactment of Parker's own nightmares, another young woman is killed with her child and his brief involvement in their lives impels Parker to hunt their vicious murderer. As the death toll mounts, Parker comes to realise that the true answer to the puzzle lies 30 years in the past, in a tree with strange fruit, in his own grandfather's history, and in the perverted desires of a monster incarnate - Caleb Kyle.
©2000 John Connolly (P)2004 ISIS Publishing Ltd
I lost my way very early in this story. The author's constant side-tracking into lengthy explanations of each mood and gesture of the protagonist, his minutely detailed descriptions of the looks and dress of each character as they appear, the landscape, the weather, etc. and I totally lost any thread of plot I might have previously picked up. I kept coming back to the Publisher's Summary on this site to remind myself what I was supposed to be listening to! I did plough on but it got no better and I can't, in all honesty, tell you what it was about.
I do, however, enjoy hearing the voice of Jeff Harding, whatever he reads, and I know that's what kept me going to the end - whatever it was.
This was an easy listen. I didn't know the back story if there was a book before although was easy to pick up the background. The book felt a little old fashioned - tough cop pushes the baddies and it backfires against his family then he goes off the rails and has to leave the force so becomes a private eye. This is one of those books where the good guy gets hurt but never enough to kill or seriously mame him. A collection of 'odd' friends and weird bad guys all come together for a 'chase' type story to save the girl. So throw logic out the window and read this like an old Mike Hammer novel in the modern day.
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