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A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly

A Game of Ghosts (2017)

by John Connolly

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Excellent entry in the series, drawing on the world of Charlie Parker and new puzzles. ( )
  Perednia | Sep 3, 2017 |
A Game of Ghosts is the 14th Charlie Parker novel written by the brilliant John Connolly: as always, the book is infused with wit and melancholy, and his trademark sense of the surreal.

What starts as a simple missing persons job soon leads Parker and his cronies, Angel and Louis, into an underworld of criminal freaks, incestuous homicidal cultists, angelic bargains, kidnapping, and a band of lethally predatory ghosts.

Although every Parker story is complete, the detective has a lifestyle that accumulates a lot of baggage, and he is torn between the on-going case, and the problem of his daughter Sam by his estranged girlfriend Rachel.

There is also the issue of Charlie’s first daughter; she was murdered long ago, but her spirit still haunts him, and is closely bonded to Sam who, we have learned, has extraordinary supernatural powers. All in all, if you haven’t read any Connolly before, Game of Ghosts might leave you with too many questions.

In addition to Angel and Lewis, series regulars like The Collector and his dying father Eldritch make a final appearance, and the dead, ravenous Hollow Men stalk every page. Excellent. ( )
  adpaton | Aug 10, 2017 |
Game of Ghosts is the fifteenth book in a series featuring private investigator Charlie Parker. Parker’s bloodstained past has turned him into a man for whom evil is not just a philosophical concept, but a palpable presence. At this point in time, Parker is working off the books for FBI Agent Edgar Ross. He's never quite sure what Ross' agenda is, but it pays well and he hasn't been asked to do anything illegal. Ross asks him to find a man named Jaycob Eklund, another off the books investigator he's been using who has come up missing.

Parker recruits his friends, Louis and Angel, a pair of deadly killers devoted to Parker. They are also one of the high points of the series, providing comic relief while at the same time often saving the day with their incredible cache of weapons. Eventually they tie Eklund to an investigation into a group called The Brethren, evil people who have been living in the shadows for generations. Parker's young daughter, Sam, plays a role in this book, along with his long dead daughter, Jennifer. It appears that Sam and Jennifer are teaming up to play a protective role for their father.

There's a strong element of the paranormal in all of the series but it's never done at the expense of a great suspense/thriller. Fans of the series know that Parker is a good man who always tries to do the right thing. Charlie Parker continues to be one of the best drawn characters in fiction. Each of Connolly's books has a great blend of suspense, atmospheric horror and wonderfully realistic characters. The author provides enough of a backstory that each novel can be read alone, but I highly recommend starting this series at the beginning with Every Dead Thing. ( )
  Olivermagnus | Aug 9, 2017 |
The Game of Ghosts
Charlie Parker series Book #15

What's it About?
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.

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Another great addition to this long running series. I believe I may read this series more for Louis and Angel than Charlie but they all have their individual personalities to provide such entertainment value. The combined cast makes them unique. Connolly blends mystery with the unconventional, doused with supernatural overtones. The books are dark but oh so yummy. Can't wait for the next one . ( )
  Carol420 | Jul 12, 2017 |
Review to come on pub.date 4 July! ( )
  MaraBlaise | Apr 14, 2017 |
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