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Summary

It is 1999, and someone is slaughtering young black women in Burdon County, Arkansas.  

But no one wants to admit it, not in the Dirty South. 

In an Arkansas jail cell sits a former NYPD detective, stricken by grief. He is mourning the death of his wife and child and searching in vain for their killer. He cares only for his own lost family. 

But that is about to change.... 

Witness the becoming of Charlie Parker. 

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Amazing

Another Amazing story that takes you on a journey to Charlie Parkers past . .

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excellent as expected

A brilliant prequel to the Charlie Parker saga and regular readers wont be disappointed. Its good to get a look at what forces created the character we've all come to love with the subtle presence of the supernatural hanging around him like a cloak. very enjoyable and finished in two sittings.

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loved it

Thoroughly enjoyed this one. Gives a little more on Parker and his growing relationship with Louis and Angel.

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Enjoyable audiobook

I thoroughly enjoyed the audiobook, I have read and listened to all the Charlie Parker series, I did think John Connolly was about to retire the detective but he is back to his best, read by Jeff Harding who is superb as usual, I’m sure everyone who follows the series will enjoy this book, looking forward to the next; seem to be growing older together

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Not the best Charlie Parker story

I was so excited to order this book but have to say I'm a little disappointed with it. The book was enjoyable enough and as ever it's beautifully read, but I felt cheated out of knowing the next part of the Charlie Parker story, I want to move forwards not backwards.

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Overly long

Because it’s about another loner searching for justice and both are narrated by Jeff Harding it occasionally feels like you’re listening to a Jack Reacher novel, except more trouble seems to meet Reacher. Entertaining none the less.

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fantastic read, and not just for Parker fans

funny, dark, violent and moving... it has everything the best of the Charlie Parker series has, and imho is the best Parker book in a while! fantastic reading too.

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Connolly at his best

This is the first Parker book I’ve listened to but I’ve read all of the rest.

I was concerned that I wouldn’t like the narrator after listening to him on a Jack Reacher novel but he was actually very good once you got going.

The story and more particularly the storytelling was as good as ever.

Normally I just listen to books on my commute but this one had me rushing to listen whenever I had the chance.

Well worth the 1 credit!

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Fabulous throwback for Charlie Parker

The Charlie Parker books are amongst my absolute favourites and this one has made me love them even more. A brilliant insight into Charlie in the months following the death of his wife and daughter. Really opens up his mindset. Also great to see an early appearance from Angel and Louis. If ever I’m in trouble, these are the guys I want on my side. Narrator was excellent and no silly accents to ruin my listen on this one. First class.

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Just to long.

Good story but very long,far to long. Fifteen hours twenty two minutes.I was fed up with it long before the end.It went over things again and again and was boring at times.

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  • 16-10-21

I love Jeff Harding

At first the book took a time to grow on me, but it did. It feels we got back to the roots of the series we were solving a misery again. I love the narration and the way John Connolly tells this story.

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  • 05-01-21

As usual, a very good Charlie Parker story.

I'm a big fan of John Connolly and Jeff Harding. In my opinion, "The Dirty South" isn't the best in the series, but I enjoyed it a lot. Jeff Harding's performance is outstanding, as usual. The story gives us an interesting insight of Charlie Parker before is appearance in "Every Dead Thing".

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  • Saki
  • 30-08-20

Fantastic! One of the best in the series

Just what Charlie Parker needed. A reminder of who he was, where he came from and why he has been doing, throughout all the books, what he does