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Internationally best-selling author John Connolly returns with another "superb fusion of noir and the supernatural" (My Bookish Ways) in this latest thriller in his gripping Charlie Parker series.

It is deep winter, and the darkness is unending. A private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is assigned to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found. Eklund is no ordinary investigator - he is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker is drawn into Eklund's world: a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts....

©2017 John Connolly (P)2017 Simon & Schuster

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Disappointed overall...

Having enjoyed some 13 or 14 Charlie Parker thrillers, part of the excitement is the building tension from a macro perspective, story on story. (The waaiting is the hardest paart.) A Game of Ghosts was mostly an overly complicated story and as such difficult to build excitement throughout. Seemed it had too many characters, scenes, subtexts, and Sally's, to really cohere or grip one like Charlie Parker stories heretofore. It's a necessary read for faithful followers, but overall it was somewhat bland.

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Very dark but captivating

Hard to understand all the moving parts but it does come together in the end. Worth the struggle

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Need a Playbill...!

I’ve read/listened to every single book in the series as most folks on here have. This is the first book that had so many characters it made it almost impossible to keep up. It should have come with a cast of characters like playbills do! My only hope is the next book fills in the gaps in this story.

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Another solid story in the Charlie Parker series.

i may not be objective, but I've loved this series and been hooked since the first chapter of Every Dead Thing. I love the literary allusions and the people so evil that they are barely discernable from tbe supernatural demons and/or angels in their stunning lack of regard for humanity. The story just gets more involved with each new story.

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The Collector

I am upset about how it ended, he was my favorite character and deserved better. The story was good but the recurring theme of closed communities is starting to wear down. How ever how the hollow men acted on this one was good.

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great Charlie Parker story

great Charlie Parker story but the narration got in the way. The Mexican accent bordered on slapstick and was stereotyped. Previous reviewers stated that there were too many characters and I agree.

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Parker series in decline

I really have enjoyed the majority of Connolly's Parker series. An interesting blend of characters, personality and plot. But not this one. Connolly indulges his interest it occult and myth while ignoring his core characters, plot and pacing. At several points I just wanted this book to be over. Lost in the worlds of the dead, semi-dead, sprits and "dark" forces. What about humans? Very few in this book. The ones that are there are just randomly included to touch base with the series ongoing evolution.

The last Parker book was light on plot and interest and this one ventures into the dark side of Connolly's romance with the spirit word. Hope he remembers that his series is driven by humanity and gets back to it before the series becomes unreadable.

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Excellent thriller

Edge of your seat book until the very end!
You won't be able to stop listening.

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best yet

This was the best yet. Don't read the series out of order! It is worth the time.

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Another fine Charlie Parker novel

Only complaint is I wish the overarching storyline would be advanced a bit more. Otherwise, another creepy, exciting, and entertaining addition to the Charlie Parker series.

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