There are some truths so terrible that they should not be spoken aloud. Here is one of those truths: aft er three hours, the abduction of a child is routinely treated as a homicide. When a girl disappears from a small Maine town, her neighbor-a recluse named Randall Haight-starts receiving anonymous letters that contain tormenting references to a different teenage girl, murdered long ago. For many years, Randall has kept a secret: when he was fourteen, he was convicted of killing that girl. Now, his former life has returned to haunt him, and he hires private detective Charlie Parker to make it go away. But in a town built on blood and shadowed by old ghosts, where too many of the living are hiding secrets, the past cannot be dismissed so easily. As Parker unravels a twisted, violent history involving a doomed mobster and his enemies, the police, and the FBI, his search returns again and again to Randall Haight. Because Randall is still telling lies. . . .
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by John Connolly
by John Cunningham
by John Irving
"George Guidall and Tony Ward trade off the microphone in this haunting reading of Connolly's tenth novel featuring private eye Charlie Parker. Ward gives a dry, almost weary note to the parts of the book told from the perspective of Parker, hired to help a one-time child killer who is threatened when a child abduction occurs in his town. Guidall delivers all the other parts, including the scenes involving visiting gangsters and those from the point of view of a man haunted by ghosts of his past. Connolly's slightly supernatural take on the classic private eye is wholly unique, and Ward and Guidall serve this book well in bringing it to life. S.E.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"
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