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A Game of Ghosts (Charlie Parker #15)

4.29  ·  Rating details ·  3,166 Ratings  ·  359 Reviews

It is deep winter. The darkness is unending.

The private detective named Jaycob Eklund has vanished, and Charlie Parker is dispatched to track him down. Parker's employer, Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, has his own reasons for wanting Eklund found.

Eklund is no ordinary investigator. He is obsessively tracking a series of homicides and disappea

Kindle Edition, 464 pages
Published April 6th 2017 by Hodder & Stoughton
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Stuart Chalmer I pre-ordered in through The Book Depository on line on August 6 2016, Its publication date being April 6, 2017. The last few Charlie Parker books…moreI pre-ordered in through The Book Depository on line on August 6 2016, Its publication date being April 6, 2017. The last few Charlie Parker books seem to have a release date of April 6, which makes me wonder what is so special about this date?
I received mine by post on April 11. I started reading it on April 13, my wife having read it first, and I finished it 36 hours later.
It seems such a disrespect, to read a book of almost 500 pages in a day and a half when I have been waiting a year for it.(less)

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Sep 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dark, eerie, and super creepy!

A Game of Ghosts, the 15th book in the Charlie Parker series, is filled with supernatural elements, oddball characters, and of course as the title implies, ghosts.

Tasked by SAC Ross to track down a PI gone missing, Parker; along with Angel and Louis, uncover a sick and twisted inhuman cult-like family known as “The Brethren.” This group is responsible for death and destruction spanning hundreds of years. Currently, the clan is led by brother and sister, Kirk and
Apr 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As the next chapter in John Connolly's Charlie Parker exploits hit the floor running with "A Game of Ghosts". One realizes just how fond we have become of Charlie and his family, yet having to wait an entire year for the next installment has caused a certain amount of salivation to occur.

On a side bar for anyone who might be interested and does not want to wait for the US publication of the book, the series usually is first printed in Ireland or England, If you have an Irish connection, or know
Apr 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 4000-books
Book 15 in the Charlie Parker series and I loved every word of it! Everyone who matters was in it, Charlie, Angel, Louis, Sam, Jennifer, even Rachel although if she sinks any lower in my estimation I will be glad if she is not in the next one! Oh and the Collector of course featured largely.
John Connolly writes well which makes it a very enjoyable reading experience. This episode digs deeper into the supernatural than we have maybe been before but it was very neatly done. And Sam is becoming a r
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: public-library
At some point, the screaming will end . . . 

Strangeness abides within these pages.  A series of hauntings, those who wander the paths of the dead, and others who stagger under the gravity of grief.  The Brethren, watching and waiting.  The Hollow Men, with their crispy whispers and voracious appetites.  And Mother. 

Crochety comment time.  Someone had a picnic in this book, and it was not any of the characters inside.  I borrowed this from the public library, and the pages were full of smears and
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars

A Man is a very small thing, and the night is very large and full of wonders.
- Lord Dunsany

Charlie Parker has been asked by Edgar Ross, an agent of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to locate a private detective, Jaycob Eklund, who has vanished. Eklund has been investigating a series of homicides and disappearances which have been linked to hauntings. Those who are not familiar with John Connolly's paranormal mysteries may be scratching their heads and saying "huh?". Connolly is a
Liz Barnsley
Oh look its that time of year where I’m reading the next novel in the Charlie Parker series from John Connolly, ending up emotionally traumatised (and boy was THAT true this time) then wondering what the heck else I can say that I haven’t already said that can get across the pure brilliance of this series.

It really is a difficult one because you end up going around in circles and coming back on yourself then thinking well surely if I haven’t sold it by now its just never going to happen. But we’
Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
I read a lot of books, but if I had to pick just let's say five books to read during one year would the latest Charlie Parker book be among them. It strange to think back to the first time I read a Charlie Parker book (not from the beginning) and how I liked the book, but never thought that one day would come when it would be like Christmas every time a new book would be released.

So, how was A Game of Ghosts? Well, let me put it this way. This is a series that keep on being great, this is the fi
4.5/5 stars!

This time around Charlie Parker is hired to look into the disappearance of Jaycob Eklund. Jaycob is a P.I. that has mysteriously vanished while investigating the history of a group named The Brethren. Louis and Angel get involved and the Collector and his aging father do as well. What FUN!

FBI Agent Edgar Ross is the man who hires Charlie and I still don't trust him or his motives. He won't even tell Charlie why he's searching for Eklund. I'm not sure where Mr. Connolly is going with
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
Despite hitting number 15, this series remains as brutally, bloodily vibrant as its first offering. Not only that, but things change- this is a novel of transformation, most of it far from good. The strands of recent trauma tighten to life threatening levels, while the hints about Sam's nature become ever more worrying. This many books in and we still have questions, about Parker especially. There are buried truths, and buried gods, which are still to come to light. Or which may yet drag us into ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read every Charlie Parker book and I have loved every one. In this book Charlie Parker is tasked to find a missing investigator and is not told the real reason why. As he gets closer and closer it becomes clear this man was more than a simple investigator. He has been following disappearances and homicides that may go back decades and he has been working with the husband of a missing woman who was missing for a couple of years and whose body has just been discovered and she has not been d ...more
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*4.5 stars.

Get ready for a spine-tingling ghost story as Charlie Parker once again delves into the supernatural in this fifteenth book in the series.

Who is Charlie Parker? A detective who 'died not once but three times following [a] shooting at his home and was brought back by the physicians. But the man who came back was not the same as the one who had fallen under a volley of shotgun blasts and pistol shots. He had seen what lay beyond, and he remembered.'

Charlie is under contract to SAC Ros
John Connolly is an amazing writer and Charlie Parker a great creation. This outing contains so many aspects of the mystery, with supernatural overtones, that I appreciate, that it's difficult to know where to begin. First of course is Parker himself with his unconventional life, family and cohorts who might bristle under the title of friends. There is an unexplained disappearance, hints of otherworldly influences, (one of my favorite aspects in suspense novels), mysterious daughter(s). I do hav ...more
At the conclusion of the eleventh book in the series, THE WRATH OF ANGELS, Parker came into contact with a list containing the names of many evil men and women. Following the discovery of this list, Parker connected with FBI Agent Ross, a man with whom Parker has since struck a deal. In exchange for selected pages over time, Parker is given impunity to seek out and hunt those named. Along with this negotiated freedom, Parker also receives a generous retainer in exchange for his services to Ross ...more
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not a huge fan of series, but I have read some of the other books in this series, including the last 3 books, and they seem to be trending more towards the paranormal and less towards the thriller genre, but maybe my memories of the earlier books are faulty. In any event, you shouldn't start reading this series unless you are prepared to devote a significant amount of time to it. The books have been slowly doling out a complicated and apparently endless mythology of spooky and extremely viol ...more
Linda Strong
I received only an excerpt .. Chapter 1 only ... of this latest Charlie Parker thriller.

Since I have not read all the previous books, I felt a little left out in the cold. And with only one chapter to read, there is a lot left to desire.

Charlie Parker meets his employer, Edgar Ross, an FBI Agent, in a restaurant in the middle of winter. Almost the entire first chapter is descriptive of the weather, and lamenting his numerous aches and pains and old wounds.

The two men have a drink and order thei
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
John Connolly is really at the top of his game with “A Game of Ghosts". Hands down, the best supernatural thriller series out there. I am always bummed when I finish the latest in the series and have to wait for the next release. I want it now.

Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another exceptional entry in the Charlie Parker series with Charlie investigating the disappearance of a private investigator at the request of the FBI man Ross, with a mysterious group known as The Brethren working its way into the mystery. All of the familiar characters are present in this one and the story contains some surprising developments for important characters. Further proof as to why this is the best series out there and Connolly is the best thriller writer alive, bar none. If you're ...more
Jul 24, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Howard “Nippy Zippy” Berg is widely considered to be the fastest reader of all time. Like an alien from deep outer space, or a mutant that has obtained the next level of human evolution, Berg is able to read a blazing 25,000 words per minute. Yet when John Connolly releases a new addition to his Charlie Parker detective series, I feel I have the Nippy Zippy beaten by a good several thousand words!

There is just something about Connolly’s Parker thrillers that makes me go full throttle through the
Jun 24, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I received an advance copy of this novel from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

One of my favorite mystery series with a supernatural element that started out low key in earlier installments and has come more and more to the forefront. Clearly, we are building toward a big confrontation with a barely described demonic entity and stage is being set for the showdown.

In A Game of Ghosts Charlie Parker, Louis, and Angel have been hired to locate a missing private inves
Michael Hicks
After taking a backseat for much of the prior book's narrative, PI Charlie Parker returns as the central focus to A Game of Ghosts. Escaping into the works of John Connolly is always a welcome retreat for me, although this fifteenth entry into this author's eponymous detective series fell a bit flat for me.

Still recovering, and likely permanently diminished, from the attempt on his life a few books back, Parker is back in action and tasked with locating a missing private eye, Jaykob Ecklund. Thi
May 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Classic Connolly as always! You'd be treated to all your favorite characters, and more. Don't want to give away spoilers , but news awaits hardcore fans of the series in terms of one of the regular Characters........ - there, thats all I'll say!

Enjoy the ride! Eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Γιώργος Δάμτσιος
Στη 15η περιπέτειά του, ο Τσάρλι Πάρκερ θα χρειαστεί να αναζητήσει τον «συνάδελφό του», ιδιωτικό ντετέκτιβ Τζέικομπ Έκλουντ, ο οποίος έχει εξαφανιστεί. Ο Έκλουντ, εργάζεται επίσης για τον πράκτορα του FBI, Έντγκαρ Ρος, οπότε ο Πάρκερ εύκολα καταλαβαίνει ότι η υπόθεση κάθε άλλο παρά απλή θα είναι.

Δεν χρειάζεται να πω πολλά ούτε και γι’ αυτό το βιβλίο της σειράς αφού πλέον ο Κόνολι ξέρει πολύ καλά πώς να χειριστεί το τρίπτυχο α)αστυνομικής περιπέτειας β)υπερφυσικού και γ)προσωπικής ζωής του Πάρκε
Jul 10, 2017 marked it as read-no-stats
These are my thoughts after reading the six-page first chapter.

Private detective Charlie Parker ruminates about his past as he walks the snowy streets of Portland, Maine. His body has been through the wringer. He's scheduled to meet with FBI agent Edgar Ross at a bar, but he doesn't know why he's been summoned. He doesn't seem to fully trust the man, because he has backup guys listening in.

This is my first experience with John Connolly and the Charlie Parker series. The first chapter was too sho
Another year and another excellent installment in a new Charlie Parker installment and I must admit John Connolly did deliver once again in an excellent novel that read as easily as usual and the story was as exciting as always and yet light on its feet like a boxer floating like a butterfly and stinging like a bee.

Charlie Parker is on some sort of pay-list for somebody in the FBI who really wants the list that Parker has but satisfies himself with having Parker doing a search for a missing PI w
The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
OK, not the best--the best in this series were the first five books, I thought--but still a very good read. It's amazing that an author can keep a series going to this extent, with little or no lessening of writing craft and style, solid plots, and strong characters not found by the dozens elsewhere.

Even after all this time, I simply cannot imagine the denouement of this series, but I certainly plan to be there for it.
John Connolly is a decathlon writer. There are at least 10 different skills he excels at and which are demonstrated here. A thriller, a mystery, a viscous cabal from several dimensions, a criminal mob, a trio of investigators and their employer, FBI tangents, educational prof., psychics which exist all over the place and one who is spacing out at his furniture sales work as he views these things, neighborhood community block group and nosy neighbor set- and that's just the main characters. There ...more
Rowena Hoseason
Apr 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017
This is the 15th outing for Connolly's PI turned supernatural avenger, and once again Charlie Parker confronts the latest cult of ancient evil to come crawling out of the undergrowth. Like all the best series, the Parker saga is being told in slow time and the overall arc creeps forward infinitesimally with each episode. Connolly delivers a self-contained good vs evil narrative in each book… while dropping huge great hints at what’s really going on with Parker’s mission, his cohorts, and his inc ...more
Game of Ghosts is the fifteenth book in a series featuring private investigator Charlie Parker. Parker’s bloodstained past has turned him into a man for whom evil is not just a philosophical concept, but a palpable presence. At this point in time, Parker is working off the books for FBI Agent Edgar Ross. He's never quite sure what Ross' agenda is, but it pays well and he hasn't been asked to do anything illegal. Ross asks him to find a man named Jaycob Eklund, another off the books investigator ...more
Pamela Scott
May 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: john-connolly

This is the 15th Charlie Parker thriller and the books get better each time. I’ve been a rabid fan of Parker’s strange cases since the first book, Every Dead Thing which means I have been reading the author for more than 15 years. That gave me quite a chill. Anyway, I thought A Game of Ghosts was amazing. This book deals with a lot of repercussions of the novel, A Time of Torment especially in relation to Parker’s relationship with his daughter Sam and his
Apr 08, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
The weakest Charlie Parker book so far. It's still a good read - I finished it within a day - but it was a retread of a previous plot.

Spoilers follow.

Connolly's work showcases a physical and social rot that accompanies the spiritual rot of the antagonists in his books. He has set up a metaplot that hangs the books together - the Backers - but that's been more or less on a back burner for a while.

This book is well written (although makes excessive use of commas in the opening page, in my opinion
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John Connolly was born in Dublin, Ireland in 1968 and has, at various points in his life, worked as a journalist, a barman, a local government official, a waiter and a dogsbody at Harrods department store in London. He studied English in Trinity College, Dublin and journalism at Dublin City University, subsequently spending five years working as a freelance journalist for The Irish Times newspaper ...more
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