Sunday, July 04, 2010

Book review: The Whisperers by John Connolly

The Whisperers The Whisperers by John Connolly

My rating: 4 of 5 stars
A group of disaffected soldiers in Iraq plans a theft of ancient relics in the chaos that follows the looting of the Iraqi National Museum in Baghdad. When they muster out of the military and ship the material back home to Maine, they begin to realize that they have much more than they bargained for. Detective Charlie Parker is hired by the father of one of the group of soldiers who has taken his own life, one of several in the group to do so. Parker slowly unravels the mystery by tracking stolen goods and smuggling from Maine to Canada, and the learning about the debilitating post-traumatic stress disorder the former soldiers are suffering from. But there is much more than the standard crime novel here, Connolly weaves subtle elements of the supernatural into the story, as the antiques are purportedly haunted, and those that hide them are chased by individuals who might not in fact be mortal men. This was a well written story - Connolly switches characters and perspective often, but it is never confusing and adds to the tension and foreboding of the story. This is the ninth novel in an ongoing series, but it's OK to jump in here, the story stands up well on its own, and Connolly also writes with great empathy and compassion about the injured soldiers who have been forgotten by the government and military who sent them there. Recommended for fans of private eye and paranormal stories. The Whisperers -

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