The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly

December 4th, 2014 Kimberly Review 56 Comments

4th Dec
The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly
The Wolf in Winter
by John Connolly
Series: Charlie Parker #12
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Narrator: Jeff Harding
Genres: Mystery, Thriller
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | Audible
Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

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

When I was offered an audio of Wolf in Winter by John Connolly, I found myself intrigued by the synopsis. I immediately wanted to know what was happening in Prosperous, Maine. I did not realize at the time that this was the twelfth book in the Charlie Parker thriller series. While I struggled here and there due to the series arc, the heart of the tale dealing with Prosperous was an odd curiosity that kept me intrigued.

Charlie Parker a tenacious, private investigator begins to investigate the death of a homeless man and his daughter’s disappearance. His investigation leads him to the strange little town of Prosperous, Maine where the folks all descended from an English town whose church they brought to America, brick by brick and rebuilt. Folks do not move away here, and their consensus data is oddly skewed. Parker sticks his nose into Prosperous a little too far and soon has the Elders of the community concerned. The tale that unfolds was well developed and gripping.

The Wolf in Winter was narrated by Jeff Harding and he did such a wonderful job giving voice to the characters from the homeless friends of the deceased to the old biddy who rules Prosperous. I felt a little left out with respect to the overall plot arc of the series. It deals with the Collector a seriously sick serial killer and the beginning of the novel had me thinking I would never find my footing. Nevertheless, I did and despite those issues, I enjoyed this thriller. For fans of the series, I am sure The Wolf in Winter will be a welcome installment, as it appears progress was made regarding the Collector.

Wolf in Winter was a solid thriller and a captivating listen. I plan to listen to Every Dead Thing the first novel in the series too see if I want to play catch up. It will be interesting to meet Charlie Parker from the beginning.

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About John Connolly

John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper, to which he continues to contribute. He is based in Dublin but divides his time between his native city and the United States.

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56 Responses to “The Wolf in Winter: A Charlie Parker Thriller by John Connolly”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Oh good to know you like these. I am looking forward to going back to the beginning.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Right. I need to slow down and double check..but the synopsis and setting just got me.

  1. Bea

    Laura Curtis was just raving about this series the other day and I put book 1 on my wishlist. The premise for this one sounds intriguing.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Good to know. This case was quite good but starting at the beginning is best.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I will let ya know my opinion after I try book one. I did enjoy the PI.

  2. Jenny

    Nothing like inadvertently starting on book 12 Kim!!! Glad you were able to settle in well enough though, with only a few things here and there to remind you that you weren’t starting at the beginning:)

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      I almost gave up a,few times but was so curious about Prosper :snort:

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Nope it was quite good minus the parts that I couldn’t quite grasp

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I liked his voicemail too. I am looking forward to trying the first. Right now I am listening to Kate Daniels back to

  3. Bookworm Brandee

    I met John Connolly a few years ago when he came into the bookstore where I work just to sign stock. He’s very charming and I naturally picked up a few of his books. I haven’t read them yet, though. I’m glad you enjoyed Wolf in Winter despite the series being so advanced. I really enjoy thrillers so I may have to add this series to my Connolly collection. 🙂

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      Best to start at the beginning. I threaded water quite a few times.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I am a huge Sherlock fan Esty, and yes if you like crime thrillers this series would be a good pick

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I was able to enjoy the current case, but admittedly I was a tad lost here and there.

  4. Stormi

    Okay so it’s good to know that i might be a little confused at the beginning but over all I can still read it and enjoy it cause I have it as a review book but I had been putting off once I found out it was #12 in a series. 🙂

    • kimbacaffeinate

      Yes..the present case is well done, The rest you will kind of pick up bits and pieces.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      It was Candace, but perhaps begin at the beginning. I think once you have read a few jumping around will be easier

  5. Jess

    I can’t believe you jumped in at book 12! The fact that you still enjoyed it says a lot. 🙂 I think it is great that you are going back to the first one to see if you want to fill in the gaps. Happy reading!

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  6. Linda Boa

    I’m a big John Connolly fan, although I’ve had so much else to read and review I’m slightly behind – I think The Lovers is next in the queue! I’d really recommend starting the series from scratch, it’s a great set of books with some fantastic characters!

    • kimbacaffeinate

      I plan to try book one, I love the protagonist and look forward to getting to know him

  7. Naomi

    It would be hard to pick up a book that is the 12th in a series, but it sounds like it captured your interest. The series sounds promising! Good luck starting from the beginning!

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