Time of Torment by John Connolly
I would like to read A Time of Torment by international bestselling author John Connolly. A Time of Torment is the fourteenth supernatural thriller to feature Dangerous and driven private investigator Charlie Parker, who is not like other men. He died, and was reborn and now has a penchant for the occult.
The novel concerns Jerome Burnel who was once hailed a hero after intervening to prevent multiple killings, however His life was subsequently torn apart by sinister unseen forces. Now Jerome is a convicted felon in Prison accused of sex offences. When Burnel is released from prison, he contacts private investigator, Charlie Parker. Burnel maintains that he was innocent and was framed. He shares his story with Parker because he believes that a girl’s life may be in danger and that he doesn’t have long to live. Shortly after meeting with Parker, Burnel mysteriously disappears.
The only clue that Burnel leaves Parker is that of “The Dead King,” which Parker eventually traces to a ruthless enclosed Appalachian community called The Cut” within Plassey County in West Virginia. The Cut has been isolated and has kept to itself for generations and does not welcome interference from outsiders, having created a virtual fiefdom in which local law enforcement has not interfered. The Cut is run by a force of men who rule by terror, intimidation and murder, and administer their own archaic form of justice by burning bodies, extortion, bullying and annihilation of perceived enemies, and those who would seek to undermine their way of life. Now The locals keep away because they’ve grown up having seen and heard enough to know when to leave well enough alone.
Charlie Parker enters Into this complex and dangerous situation tasked with locating a vanished girl and unmasking the legend of The Dead King. He ends up facing ungodly fears including The Dead King himself whose mindless chitterlings are said to be a harbinger of bad things to come in this strange and isolated community.