In 1693, the settlers on the small Maine island of Sanctuary were betrayed to their enemies and slaughtered. Since then, the island has known three hundred years of peace.
Four men are descending on Sanctuary, their purpose to hunt down and kill the wife of their leader and retrieve the money that she stole from him. All that stands in their way are a young rookie officer, Sharon Macy, and the island's strange, troubled policeman, the giant known as Melancholy Joe Dupree.
But Joe Dupree is no ordinary policeman. He is the guardian of the island's secrets, the repository of its memories. He knows that Sanctuary has been steeped in blood once; it
will tolerate the shedding of innocent blood no longer. Now a band of killers is set to desecrate Sanctuary and unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand by them.
On Sanctuary, all hell is about to break loose...
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"A tense, deliciously creepy story."
—The Kansas City Star
"...the prose sparkles with wit and a flourish that many other writers fail to realize when working with the English language. Bad Men is a deeply ambitious book. It is full of ideas, characters, and a love for history and language, as well as an understanding that often bad things can happen to good people, as well as good things happen to bad people...A deeply disturbing and thought provoking read and not to be read without a seatbelt."
—Deadly Pleasures Magazine
"Connolly writing remains entertaining and stylish, and Bad Men, though something of a departure, is well worth the read."
—Tangled Web UK
"Literary folklore done on a grand scale."
—Books N Bytes
"For those without a trace of squeamishness... Connolly's remarkably assured and atmospheric crime novels will provide some pulse racing diversion."
Atria Books, US & Canada hardcover, March 2004, ISBN: 9780743487849
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, March 2012, ISBN: 9781451668803
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, June 2003, ISBN: 9780340826171
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, March 2004, ISBN: 9780340826195