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The Wolf in Winter
by John Connolly
John Connolly’s brilliant, eclectic work has won almost every award available to authors of crime fiction: the Edgar, the Shamus, the Agatha, the Anthony and the Macavity, among others. The Wolf in Winter, his 12th novel to feature private investigator Charlie Parker, has drawn international acclaim and made bestseller lists in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Australia and South Africa. It arrived in the United States from Emily Bestler Books on October 28, in hardcover, audio and electronic formats.
The Wolf in Winter (ISBN 9781476703183) finds Charlie Parker searching for a missing young woman after her father dies homeless on the streets of Portland, Maine.
In this Authorlink AUDIO interview, we talked with John about his latest work, and his long career as an internationally bestselling author. We explore how John feels his writing has changed through the years and some lessons he has learned along the way– how he coped with early rejection, how he creates tension in a scene, and why a serious writer should never, ever give up.
In The Wolf in Winter, the search brings Parker to the small, apparently thriving town of Prosperous, whose residents seem immune to economic downturns and social disorder. The citizens of Prosperous have a powerful protector — one that won’t hesitate to intervene when Parker threatens the status quo. Parker confronts his most dangerous adversaries yet, and the book leaves the detective at a crossroads, a major turning point in this long-running series.
Because music plays an integral role in the Charlie Parker novels, Connolly has compiled a limited-edition CD, Ghosts, of music that inspired The Wolf in Winter. This 15-track compilation includes tracks from modern artists such as XTC, Sun Kil Moon, Susanna Wallumrød, Kristin Hersh, Icehouse and Mogwai. It will be available only with a limited number of signed first editions, to those who attend events on Connolly’s 12-city bookstore tour, and through certain independent bookstores.
This publication of THE WOLF IN WINTER is a unique experience of imagination and sound, one designed to reward loyal readers and draw new ones into the world of Charlie Parker.
PRAISE FOR CONNOLLY’S NEWEST WORK
“Connolly’s extraordinary powers of invention show no sign of flagging… a brilliant performance from one of our finest writers.” — The Irish Times
“Just once in a while . . . comes a book which is simply stunning. The phone goes unanswered. Meals are missed. The clock hands whizz by like a cheap special effect in a movie. The Wolf in Winter is one such book.” — Crime Fiction Lover
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
John Connolly is the author of such international bestsellers as Every Dead Thing, The Killing Kind, The Black Angel, The Book of Lost Things, and Nocturnes. He has written the Samuel Johnson trilogy for middle-graders and CONQUEST, the first in the Chronicles of the Invaders for teen readers, with Jennifer Ridyard. He divides his time between Dublin, Ireland and Portland, Maine. Visit his website at johnconnollybooks.com or follow him on Twitter @jconnollybooks.
THE WOLF IN WINTER: A Novel
By John Connolly
Emily Bestler Books/Atria
Pub Date: October 28, 2014