John Connolly

A Torment of Time

"This is a book you cannot afford to miss."


Jerome Burnel was once a hero. He intervened to prevent multiple killings and in doing so damned himself. His life was torn apart. He was imprisoned, brutalized, but in his final days, with the hunters circling, he tells his story to private detective Charlie Parker. He speaks of the girl who was marked for death but was saved, of the ones who tormented him, and an entity that hides in a ruined stockade.

Parker is not like other men. He died, and was reborn. He is ready to wage war. Now he will descend upon a strange, isolated community called the Cut, and face down a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation, and murder.

All in the name of the being they serve - The Dead King.

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For me, Connolly is one of those authors – the ones who go straight to the top of your To Be Read list and then the world is put on hold until the book is finished. 'A Time of Torment' is a cracking read and a demonstration that this guy's powers as an author haven't lessened one iota since 'Every Dead Thing' appeared in 1999. Any number of writers can deliver up a serviceable thriller, but Connolly takes that – time and time again – and adds atmosphere, dashes of poetry and a cast of characters that you just love spending time with. He also cooks up a convincing sense of place that grounds you in the story, allows you to suspend your disbelief and immerse yourself fully in his world. And it's a fictional world like no other. If you are new to this author be aware that alongside the dregs of society are demons, and other supernatural beings who defy categorisation. I'm loving how the series is developing and how Parker's daughters are growing into their roles in the series – despite one of them being very much dead. With 'A Time of Torment', Connolly continues to demonstrate that he is one of the leaders of the pack. This is a book you cannot afford to miss.

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