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John Connolly doesn’t flinch from portraying the violence meted out by both sides in the latest volume in his Charlie Parker series. Photograph: Richard Kendrick

John Connolly doesn’t flinch from portraying the violence meted out by both sides in the latest volume in his Charlie Parker series. Photograph: Richard Kendrick

John Connolly’s Charlie Parker novels have long traded in the concept of evil, with Parker frequently pitted against malign forces of a supernatural and ancient origin.

The latest novel in the Parker series, The Nameless Ones (Hodder & Stoughton, £19.99), finds Parker on the margins, as his associates Louis and Angel set out to avenge the brutal murder of a former colleague in Amsterdam. The killers, Radovan and Spiridon Vuksan, bring the theme of evil into sharp focus: Serbian nationals responsible – directly or indirectly – for all manner of atrocities during the wars that followed the break-up of Yugoslavia in the 1990s, the Vuksans are a stain on humanity for whom flags and uniforms are merely an excuse: “When it came to mass murder, any prey would do, and those who would kill one would kill all.”

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