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Author: John Connolly Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Charlie Parker Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442342804
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John Connolly's originality and talent for storytelling have quickly made him one of today's preeminent thriller writers. Now, in The Unquiet, private detective Charlie Parker returns to untangle a horrifying story of betrayal, unclean desires, and murder -- a story of never-ending evil whose conclusion is still unknown.

Daniel Clay, a once-respected psychiatrist, has gone missing. His daughter insists that he killed himself after allegations surfaced that he had betrayed his patients -- but when a killer obsessed with uncovering the truth behind his own daughter's disappearance comes seeking revenge, long-forgotten secrets begin to emerge. Hired by Dr. Clay's daughter to protect her from the predator on the loose, tortured and ingenious private detective Charlie Parker finds himself trapped between those who want the truth to be revealed and those who will go to any length to keep it hidden.

John Connolly masterfully intertwines secret lives and secret sins with the violence that so often lies beneath the surface of the honeycomb world in this gripping narrative. Fast-paced, hypnotic, and elegantly told, The Unquiet is John Connolly at his chilling best. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “[A] scary, cerebral thriller...Connolly creat[es] mood and suspense with ease.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “The dark themes are balanced with lyrical descriptions as Guidall makes the text sing. He portrays a hard-boiled detective whose character expands as Parker becomes compassionate towards the unlikable contract killer...Guidall helps listeners appreciate Parker’s cleverness in both sleuthing and wordplay. He also delivers a striking portrait of Maine—beautiful in its wildness and ugly in an undercurrent of seething feelings provoked by an influx of monied tourists.”


  • “The disquieting subject, coupled with Connolly’s dark, lyrical prose, will leave unshakable images lurking on the edge of the reader’s consciousness.”  


  • A 2008 Macavity Award Finalist for Best Mystery Novel
  • A 2008 Barry Award Finalist for Best Novel

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 William | 5/14/2011

    " I think that this is the firs John Connolly book that I have read. I really liked it. The protagonist is a very interesting, deeply-layered character. His is a detective that lives in Maine. I am going to read a few more of his books for sure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael | 4/14/2011

    " Only just getting into it but I think i'm in for a treat! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Denise | 1/19/2011

    " The second John Connolly book I read and I was hooked on his wonderfully, dark detective Charlie Parker. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michel | 12/13/2010

    " I loved how this book began. On the whole I found this book was much darker than I had anticipated, however, I did find it to be a good read. It definitely left an impression on me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 9/25/2010

    " Action packed page turner! I like the main character and may look for other books with his character. I get the feeling I'm reading these out of order. ooops. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 9/25/2010

    " Detective mystery/thriller with a teeny-tiny thread of supernatural running through it, which seems a little strange but--if you buy into it-- does add to the feeling of menace and provides a satisfactory ending. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 David | 9/17/2010

    " Wandered a little bit in some places but overall very good. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 7/22/2010

    " A quick, disturbing read. The action-drama-horror movie of beach books. Probably should've saved it for the beach. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rc | 7/15/2010

    " I have never before felt dirty and unclean upon completion of a book until this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Aryana | 6/27/2010

    " it hasn't caught my attention yet...perhaps the other half is a little better "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Albert | 6/19/2010

    " Another great Charlie Parker book. I love the mix of mystery and supernatural. I love the realism of it and I'll keep reading whatever John Connolly writes because he's yet to disappoint. "

About the Author

John Connolly is a New York Times bestselling author known for his detective Charlie Parker mysteries. He also writes the supernatural collection Nocturnes, the Samuel Johnson Trilogy for younger readers, and with co-author Jennifer Ridyard the Chronicles of the Invaders series. His twenty-five novels, nonfiction, and short stories have won the Agatha, Barry, Edgar, Shamus, and Anthony Awards, as well as being finalists for the Hughes & Hughes Irish Novel of the Year, H. R. F. Keating Award, and Bram Stoker Award.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of more than eighty AudioFile Earphones Awards, has won three of the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for lifetime achievement/ During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,700 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. His forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.