My mystery group selected this book, and I was excited to read it because John Connolly has been on my list to read for quite a while. I just never got around to it. It is the 10th book in the Charlie Parker series.
The book begins when a lawyer, Amy, comes to private detective Charlie Parker to investigate her client. A young teenage girl in the small Maine community has disappeared and her client, Robert Haight, is worried that he will be accused in the disappearance. Haight is worried because he and a friend were accused of murdering a girl when he was fourteen. He now resides as a recluse in the town under a new identity. He is worried now, though, because he has been receiving anonymous letters that indicate someone knows about his past.
This book has a lot going on. In addition to investigating Haight, the investigation goes in many different directions involving a group of mobsters, the FBI, and the Chief of Police. The story is predominantly told through Charlie Parker’s voice and a third-party voice. Occasionally, a couple of other characters voice their version of events. Some member of the mystery group thought the book had too many characters and skipped too much from one thread to another. Usually, that would probably have bothered me, too, but I’ve been reading so many uncomplicated books lately, that I found that refreshing. I did think the book was well-written and excellently plotted, especially with all the different threads going on. I did not know this, but apparently Connolly also typically has a strong supernatural element to his books. That was not a prominent feature in this book. Had it been, I probably wouldn’t have liked the book as much because that just isn’t for me. So even though I enjoyed this one, for that reason, I may not reread him. We’ll see.