A young woman, Rita Ferris, and her little son die at the hands of an unknown killer, and the past and present collide violently for Charlie Parker.
Still raw from the brutal slayings of his wife and daughter, and the events surrounding the hunt for their killer, the Traveling Man, Parker has retreated to the wintry Maine landscapes of his youth. But his return reawakens the ghosts of the past, forcing him to join the hunt for Billy Purdue, Rita's ex-husband and the chief suspect in the slayings.
As the death toll mounts, it becomes clear that someone else is hunting for Billy Purdue, someone who seems to know Parker almost as well as he knows himself, and that the true answer to the puzzle lies thirty years in the past; in a tree with strange fruit; in the troubled history of Parker's own grandfather; and in the violent origins of a mythical killer: the monster known only as Caleb Kyle.
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"Clever, stylish, literate and well researched, this is a novel that confirms John Connolly as one of our leading crime novelists."
—Mail on Sunday
"The unfolding of the complex and gripping mystery confirms Connolly as the equal of any top-of-the-league American crime writer."
"Connolly's evocative prose and sharp one-liners make it oddly akin to poetry. What keeps Dark Hollow from being mere thrilling entertainment with a taste for violence is the compelling if problematic sense that moral choice is possible and necessary: that, in the face of evil, something must be done."
"This second novel is subtler and more complex than the bestselling Every Dead Thing. Connolly's lyrical language and occasional mystical passages are reminiscent of James Lee Burke. His hero is developing into a credible and sympathetic personality."
"Connolly builds some painstaking research into a narrative of carefully orchestrated tension. Of course, a principal problem for thriller writers today is the creation of a satisfyingly nasty villain—no stone has been left unturned by legions of thriller writers. But in this area Connolly has few equals—and the chilling monster created here is another key factor in the compulsiveness of this tense novel."
Simon & Schuster, US & Canada paperback, June 2001, ISBN: 9780743203326
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, September 2002, ISBN: 9780743410229
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, March 2000
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, February 2010, ISBN: 9781444704693