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 centuries of peace.
A band of killers is descending on Sanctuary, their purpose to hunt down and kill the wife of their leader, and retrieve the money she stole from him. All that stands in their way are a young rookie officer, Sharon Macy, and the island’s resident policeman, the troubled 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 no more innocent blood. Now violent strangers are set to desecrate Sanctuary and unleash the fury of its ghosts upon themselves and all who stand with them.
On Sanctuary, evil is about to meet its match.
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"In the crowded killing fields of crime fiction, John Connolly has quickly and decisively established himself as a unique voice. With BAD MEN he does it again, giving us a powerful story that is dark, daring and original. This one is his best."