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Hollow Men

  • Feb 1, 2011
Hollow Men My rating: 4 of 5 stars Frank Merrick is a dangerous man, a violent ex-con set on finding out what happened to his missing daughter during his lengthy incarceration. He believes the answers lie with psychiatrist Daniel Clay, accused years ago of promoting the sexual abuse of some of the children he treated. Clay has been declared legally dead, but since Merrick thinks Clay's reclusive daughter Rebecca keeping him hidden away. Badly frightened, Rebecca hires detective Charlie Parker to warn Merrick off. But Merrick will not be warned, and Parker proceeds to investigate the stalker's background. The facts and connections he uncovers are very dark indeed. Even more unsettling, Parker senses that he himself is being stalked by shadowy presences he designates "the hollow men." Author Connolly wraps his detective story in a sort of ghost story, but the haunting is perpetrated not so much by outside spirits as by personifications of Parker's own personal ghosts. To make the novel even creepier, the plot is based upon actual events, organized crimes against children that the state of Maine has never succeeded in obliterating. The Unquiet is pervaded by a somber mood, with an ending that is as disturbing as it is conclusive. This was my introduction to the Parker series, and immediately upon finishing it, I went online to order the first three. Another favorite author filling up my to-be-read shelves.
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February 01, 2011
Ooooh true crime! True stories of untold stories always make for great pageturners! Have you had a chance to read @'s review? He apparently wasn't that big of a fan. Thanks for the review :)
February 01, 2011
Yes, I did read Michael's, and left a comment. As someone once said, no 2 persons read the same book! Thanks for reading, d.
February 01, 2011
Exactly! That's what I like about Lunch, you get to read reviews that span the rating scale. Thanks for posting :)
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I am surprised by all the positive reviews this book received on Amazon. It starts out like an eerie Twilight Zone episode with a carnival barker who can guess people's age, weight, and profession. He is visited by a mysterious and dangerous stranger who leaves quite an impression from him. It is then years later and Rebecca Clay is being stalked by the same stranger who wants to know what happened to her missing father. Rebecca hires a private detective, Charlie Parker to protect her. From there …
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After 21 years as a school psychologist, I now work part-time at two local historical museums, giving tours and teaching special programs. This leaves me more time to enjoy my little grandchildren, and … more
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Starred Review.In this scary, cerebral thriller from bestseller Connolly, his fifth to feature world-weary Maine PI Charlie Parker (after 2005'sThe Black Angel), Parker is haunted by the ghosts of his wife and daughter, who died under mysterious circumstances that left him guilt-ridden. Parker is drawn again into the darkest recesses of human nature when a new client, Rebecca Clay, retains him to protect her against a menacing stalker, Frank Merrick, who believes Rebecca knows the whereabouts of her father, Daniel, a child psychiatrist who vanished years before. Merrick suspects Daniel knows the truth about the fate of his own young daughter, whom Daniel treated and who disappeared without a trace while Merrick was incarcerated. Connolly is a master of suggestion, creating mood and suspense with ease, and unflinchingly presents a hard-eyed look at the horrors that can lurk in quiet, rustic settings.12-city author tour. (May)
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ISBN-10: 0743298934
ISBN-13: 978-0743298933
Author: John Connolly
Publisher: Atria

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