A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly
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 disappearances, each linked to reports of hauntings. Now Parker will be drawn into Eklund’s world, a realm in which the monstrous Mother rules a crumbling criminal empire, in which men strike bargains with angels, and in which the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts . . .
John Connolly was born in Dublin in 1968. His debut novel, Every Dead Thing, immediately launched him into the front rank of mystery thriller writers, and each of his subsequent novels have been Sunday Times bestsellers. His crime anthology, Books to Die For, edited with Declan Burke was the winner of the 2013 Anthony, Agatha and the Macavity Awards for Best Non-fiction. He was the first non-American writer to win the US Shamus award, the first Irish writer to be awarded the Edgar by the Mystery Writers of America. In 2016 he won the CWA Short Story Dagger with his story; ‘On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier’ from NIGHT MUSIC: Nocturnes Vol 2.