The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller (Hardcover)

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Connolly has crafted a fantastic procedural with some light horror elements. Sally I both enjoyed Connolly's voice, as well as the way the story of the town of Prosperous unfolds. Charlie Parker's investigation into the suspicious death of a homeless man, and the search for the man's missing daughter lead him to the town of Prosperous, Maine. Is something sinister going on in Prosperous (a town that continues to thrive, while others around it don't), or is Charlie Parker investigating the delusions of a man who's spent too much time living alone on the streets? If you've never read this series, this is a good place to jump in. Some of Parker's past factors into the story, but Connolly does a good job of getting the reader up to speed. You won't feel lost, but when you're finished you'll want to learn more about Parker's previous cases.

— John


The next pulse-pounding thriller in John Connolly's internationally bestselling Charlie Parker series.

The community of Prosperous, Maine has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It shuns outsiders. It guards its own. And at the heart of Prosperous lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders of the town…

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal private investigator Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, by rage, and by the desire for vengeance. In him the town and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history, and in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine town, Parker will encounter his most vicious opponents yet.

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive.

Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins…

About the Author

John Connolly is the author of the Charlie Parker series of mystery novels, the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and (with Jennifer Ridyard) the Chronicles of the Invaders series. He lives in Dublin, Ireland. For more information, see his website at, or follow him on Twitter @JConnollyBooks.

Praise For…

“Strongly recommended for plot, characterization, authenticity . . . horror . . . and humanity.”
— Library Journal (starred review)

“A great read.”
— Booklist

“Memorable . . . it takes readers on a path they truly won’t believe, offering diehard evil from the first to the last page . . . Connolly has once again delivered an all-out thrill ride!”
— Suspense Magazine

“Connolly leaves us wanting more.”
— Florida Times-Union

“I believe that I have already read what is sure to be one of the best books to be published this year: THE WRATH OF ANGELS . . . Read this with the lights on and the doors locked.”

“A great, epic time spent with friends and enemies.”
— Mystery People

“Connolly’s superb fusion of noir and the supernatural is to be savored, and not to be missed.”
— My Bookish Ways

“It kept me captivated throughout and wowed me with all its revelations . . . The Wrath of Angels marks itself as a high point of the Charlie Parker series.”
— Fantasy Book Critic

"The Wolf in Winter is Connolly at his Gothic best."
— Sharon Wheeler

"Connolly’s writing is gripping, as always—the man is a real stylist—and fans of the Charlie Parker series are sure to give this one an enthusiastic response."
— Booklist

“Superb writing... Witty and imaginative journey into the darker natures of men and things that go bump in the night.”
— Kirkus

“A compelling flawed hero and a detail-rich plot make for another satisfying read.”
— Publishers Weekly

"Charlie Parker is a hardboiled a character as ever rolled off the platen of Dashiell Hammett or Raymond Chandler...Trust me: it's worth the wait."
— Gwinnett Magazine

“While the novel does read as an erudite version of Scott Smith’s The Ruins, it’s really so much deeper than that.”
— Bolo Books

"The Wolf in Winter is thoroughly spooky, engrossing, and even introspective."
— My Bookish Ways

"Malevolent, mysterious and seductive...The Wolf in Winter shouldn't be missed."
— Journal Sentinel

"The Wolf in Winter is the author at his best."
— Florida Times-Union

“The Wolf In Winter is ripe with Connolly’s customary humor, wry observations, and witty repartee…This is a perfect fall release, one to curl up with beside the fireplace to rightly savor, and is highly recommended for Parker devotees.”
— Michael Patrick Hicks

“Spooky...mysterious...dark andmoody.”
— That's What She Read

— Random Book Muses

"I cannot remember the last time I was so affected by a work of fiction.”
— BookReporter

“John Connolly is a true master of combining suspense and mystery with a dash of supernatural hinted at and thriller instinct that make this a perfect read. Good luck not reading it all in one sitting.”
— Crimespree Magazine

“Connolly’s thoughtful prose is extraordinary, insightful, and deeply contemplative of the nature of man and accepting of human flaws, if weary beyond imagination. This is more than a mystery: a journey, an exploration of men and their gods, a contemplation of the human condition.”
— Curled Up with a Good Book

"As usual, sparks and bullets fly....This is gripping, stylish reading for fans of the supernatural."
— Waterloo Region Record

“The ability to mix fact with fiction has always been one of the great strengths of Connolly’s writing…The Wolf in Winter is a terrific story, but a word to the wise: Don’t read it on a dark and stormy night.”
— Mystery Scene Magazine
Product Details
ISBN: 9781476703183
ISBN-10: 1476703183
Publisher: Atria/Emily Bestler Books
Publication Date: October 28th, 2014
Pages: 432
Language: English
Series: Charlie Parker