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The White Road


The White Road
(UK)
 
The White Road
(US)

In South Carolina, a young black man faces the death penalty for the rape and murder of Marianne Larousse, daughter of one of the wealthiest men in the state. It's a case that nobody wants to touch, a case with its roots in old evil, and old evil is private detective Charlie Parker's speciality.

But Parker is about to enter a living nightmare, a red dreamscape haunted by the murderous spectre of a hooded woman, by a black car waiting for a passenger that never comes, and by the complicity of both friends and enemies in the events surrounding Marianne Larousse's death. This is not an investigation. This is a descent into the abyss, a confrontation with dark forces that threaten all that Parker holds dear: his lover, his unborn child, even his soul...

For in a prison cell far to the north, an old adversary is about to take his revenge on Charlie Parker, its instruments the very men that Parker is hunting, and a strange, hunched creature that keeps its own secrets buried by a riverbank: the undiscovered killer Cyrus Nairn.

Soon, all of these figures will face a final reckoning in southern swamps and northern forests, in distant locations linked by a single thread, a place where the paths of the living and the dead converge.

A place known only as the White Road.



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Praise

"The White Road can take its well-earned place with works as disparate as Shiel and Faulkner. It's a heady mix. The story itself moves fluidly and well, with the gap between supernatural horror and modern reality never so narrow."
   —Crime Time

"John Connolly is quite simply the best thing to have happened to the American thriller genre for years."
   —Mystery Ink Online

"Connolly does a brilliant job of capturing the racial tension that permeates not just the South, but all of the US. This is the most harrowing of Connoll's novels, but at the same time the prose is lyrical and elegant."
   —Clues Unlimited Mystery Bookstore

"This novel is chilling, lyrical and hauntingly poetic. John Connolly is brilliant and talented. And his words resonate."
   —A Novel View


Atria Books, US & Canada paperback, March 2003, ISBN: 9780743456388
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, February 2004, ISBN: 9780743456395
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, March 2002, ISBN: 9780340821183
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, February 2010, ISBN: 9781444704716