Parker is working in a bar in Portland, having been deprived of his P.I.'s license. He uses his enforced retirement to begin a different kind of investigation: an examination of his own past and an inquiry into the death of his father, who took his own life after apparently shooting dead two unarmed teenagers, a search that will eventually lead to revelations about Parker's own parentage.
Meanwhile, a troubled young woman is running from an unseen threat, one that already seems to have taken the life of her boyfriend, and a journalist-turned-writer named Mickey Wallace is conducting an investigation of his own into Charlie Parker in the hope of writing a non-fiction book about his exploits.
And haunting the shadows, as they have done throughout Parker's life, are two figures: a man and a woman, the lovers of the title, who appear to have only one purpose, and that is to bring an end to his existence...
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“[A] taut narrative . . . that combines elements of classic noir with the supernatural.”
Simon & Schuster, US & Canada hardcover, May 1999, ISBN: 9780684857145
Pocket Books, US & Canada paperback, July 2000, ISBN: 9780671027315
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. hardcover, January 1999, ISBN: 9780340728970
Hodder & Stoughton, UK, Ireland, Australia, etc. paperback, February 2010, ISBN: 9781444704686